Dockery–he gets by with a little help from his friends

Good Dog Rescue fielded a call during that hot spell in August from a property owner who found a dog abandoned and tied out behind his rental property in the Ketchum/Prescott area of town.  The property owner had been taking food and water to the dog, but knew he was abandoned by the single mom who left Memphis for Houston in search of work.

Good Dog Volunteer foster mom Julie was dispatched to ‘see’ the dog.  She found a medium small black and white border collie mix tied out in deplorable conditions.  But the best was yet to be!

Dockery (named after the property owner) stood up at the end of his short tie-out and wagged a greeting.  He sat when Julie approached, even though his small area was littered with filth that his short tether would not let him escape.  In doggy world, this is called ‘sit for greeting’ which is a hallmark for good behavior.  Frankly, this show of faith brought tears to the volunteer’s eyes and she knew on the spot that Dockery was going home with her!

Dockery’s coat was thin and very brittle from malnutrition, parasites, and as we later learned, a HEAVY infestation of potentially deadly heartworms.  You’ve heard the saying it takes a village?  Well, it’s true for Dockery’s road to recovery.  A sister rescue sponsored half of Dockery’s heartworm treatment, which had to be split into two treatments due to its severity.  His original foster couldn’t keep him the entire time, so Julie stepped up and took Dock home.

Now, you may already know Julie’s house is dog central (LOL), but Dockery came in and made friends like the champ he is.  He gets along well with most other dogs (intact or newly neutered males his size can be a challenge).  In fact, he’s second in command next to resident Great Pyrenees, Hagrid and the two tussle and play all day long, now that Dockery can exercise again.  (during heartworm treatment dogs must be kept quiet)

His beautiful black and white fur is now full, shiny and soft.  He takes every step his foster mom takes, making sure she does chores correctly.  While Dockery has spent most of his short life outside, he is seeking a home where he can spend most of the time indoors with his ‘people.’  He loves older children (we never put herding dogs with small squealing children) and is READY SET GO for his forever home.

After Dockery’s heartworm treatment was finished, he was neutered and has been learning his house manners like the champ he is.  His new best friend and crate buddy (they get in the crate together to cuddle) is Sandy, the wire-haired terrier mix on the GDR website.  Dockery says “CHECK US OUT…I’m the handsome one in the ‘tuxedo’ suit and she’s the ‘hot’ blond!


Jessie Wiggles is ready for her forever home!

Jessie Wiggles

Jessie Wiggles

Jessie Wiggles is our much too cute and friendly Corgi, Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie mix that had landed in the Memphis Animal Shelter as a stray. Good Dog Rescue founder, Lisa Trenthem, rescued her and found her a foster home where she could thrive for a bit.

You see, Jessie Wiggles was heartworm positive. Which meant that we needed to see her thru that treatment that, for some dogs, can be life-threatening. In addition to her heartworm issue, she had a very large abdominal hernia that needed repaired.

So, back in September, Jessie had a day of it! She had her hernia repaired in the morning, her heartworm treatment in the afternoon, an overnight stay at a great vet’s place, and then back to the foster home where she would need to stay as quiet and restrained as possible so that she didn’t suffer ill effects of her heartworm treatment.

Well, keeping this young dog quiet has been a challenge. See, when she came to us, her name was only Jessie. We quickly changed that to Jessie Wiggles … it’s a declarative statement and it fits her to a T for her name. She is a happy and loving young canine. Here you see her in her favorite place … the deck … making sure that we are safe from all of those darn dangerous chipmunks and squirrels.

Today concludes the one month post-treatment for Jessie. She has done extremely well with her heartworm treatment. You can’t even see where she had her hernia repair. The vet said she could stand to lose about 5 lbs – when you see her you’ll wonder that it doesn’t come off with all the wiggles!

See her YouTube debut by clicking on the VodPod video (“It Started with a Kong”) in the upper left-hand column of our blog. Or go directly to it by clicking here.

Jessie Wiggles will be with us during Sunday afternoon’s adoption event at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Avenue.  View Map. Come visit us there!

Here are some additional pics of Jesse – we LOVE her camo shot!