Hawser (formerly Kapone)
Nine month old Hawser (formerly Kapone) was dumped in a kill shelter in Richmond, VA by his former owner. He never had training of any kind and was terrified of men at the shelter. We want to extend our gratitude and thanks to: For the Love of Poodles Rescue. On the day he was scheduled to be put down, he was saved by a wonderful person from the group who knew he was a Komondor but didn’t have the heart to see such a beautiful and sweet young dog have his life abruptly ended. He now is in a forever home where he is dearly loved and happily receiving the training he needed.
Ghost was imported from Hungary as a puppy by a family in NC that loved him very much. As with many Komondor males, Ghost grew in no time from a small sweet puppy to a 150 lb. out of control puppy. Ghost’s owner recently placed him on a farm with an alpaca breeder and Komondor owner. She was so afraid of him, she gave him back to the owner in just a few days.
Fortunately, for Ghost we found an experienced Komondor owner in Texas willing to adopt him, in spite of the fact that he needed a lot of training and socialization, not to mention the fact that he is much larger than she is. A month ago, his new owner was willing to drive to NC to get him and bring him to her Komondor home in Texas. He is attending obedience classes with her and is starting to learn basic commands and he is learning how to be a canine good citizen. He has quite a way to go, but I am told he is making great progress. His new owner, who dearly loves the breed, is determined to make it work and I know she will. I am very grateful to her for taking in a sizable, but lovable project. — Ruth
(photo below is Ghost after playing in some leaves.)
Max in his new home.
Pebbles in his new home.
Curly and Linus
Curly and Linus (Komondor, Akbash, Anatolian mix) were transported by their new caregiver from Kansas to Kentucky (20+ hours round trip). They are settling in well at their new home, which is a 70 acre farm. They love their new family, as much as the livestock. Since predators have been a problem, their job is to guard the Boer goats and and later this year Dorper sheep will be added to their duties.
Memorial Day weekend of 2010, Robbie finally found a family. He was 7 years old by then and had had several homes in the Western US. He was unwanted and was forced to live outside with little contact with people, something that distressed him greatly. Thanks to Komondor Rescue volunteers, he was able to find a new home in Maryland. He trekked across the US with a young man who normally delivered items off of Ebay for UShip.com. He was confused by the crowded city and new family that welcomed him into their home. They had had rescue komondors before and each one was vastly different, but Robbie didn’t even seem to know how to be one. He didn’t bark for the first few months, had no idea he should sleep in spots that would create both a barrier to intruders and a tripping hazard, and didn’t boss anyone around.
As a rescue dog with abandonment issues, he developed separation anxiety as he began to love his new family. His new home worked with him, using both behavior modification and medications. Every time he went for a car ride he threw up, sure he was being taken away, not to return. His new family worked on this by taking him for short vacations, which provided reassurance, (and getting a waterproof backset cover).
Over time, he found his bark, learned to guard his house, how to steal treats, and made new friends. He became the dog he was supposed to be.
In May of 2011, almost a year after he was adopted, he got to visit Berkeley Springs. He was completely content, as the photo below shows. Rescue dogs do often need extra TLC, but they are all that more appreciative for it.