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Update 12.14.14: Gareth is doing exceptionally well in his foster home. His foster Mom just sent an update, “Gareth is putting on lots of weight and we went out for a walk today for the first time. He was very very weak when he first came to us and quite despondent. But thanks to good food, and tons of love and new family and friends he is enjoying life! Thank you Cane Corso Rescue and a very special Thank you to Gareth ‘ s new friend Michelle K. for the beautiful brand new doggie bed!!”
Gareth has recently been welcomed in to the Cane Corso Rescue family and is being fostered in CT. Gareth is a NYC deathrow survivor. Although aged at the shelter at 9 years, we are pretty confident he isn’t a day over 3 years. Gareth willl be a stunning Cane Corso once he has been fed a proper diet, receives adequate exercise, and experiences the compassion of a humans unconditional love. His fabulous foster family will fill this bill 10 times over!
Gareth’s shelter intake information: Gareth came in as a STRAY on 11/02/2014 from NY 10452. He came in severely underweight at 76.0 LBS. Unfortunately, in addition to an upper respiratory infection he is heart worm positive.
11/02/2014 PET PROFILE MEMO
During intake was very calm and relaxed. Approached extended hand. No aggressive signs were shown when scanned, collared, pictured, or leashed. When given a treat was friendly and gentle, sniffing first and hen slowly taking from hand.
11/07/2014 WEB MEMO
A volunteer writes: Gareth is an elderly gentleman, clad in a matte ebony coat, a black prince who has lost or never had a kingdom….He is thin and his hinds are slightly bent. Shiny copper eyes give life to his wrecked body.Gareth must have been a beauty in his prime. Or was he ever given a chance to be one? I would love to see Gareth with 20 pounds more, treated as he should, safe and loved. He would really be the king of dogs… Gareth is friendly and easy going, a good walker too. He appears at first a bit aloof but warms up as he sees that my goal is to spoil him. Gareth is as hungry as a bear and will literally suck roast beef out of my hand. The poor chap seems as if he has years of starvation to catch up with. I doubt he is house trained and he does not really sit on command, so he will need some training here. He comes now when I call him as he knows that a reward is coming. A smart dog! Gareth seems tolerant of other dogs met while in our pen or on a walk. It is certainly a relief when one deals with large dogs. Gareth is a gorgeous “to be” Cane Corso we have at the Manhattan Care Center. He is most likely a yard dog, too old and too run down to do the job that was expected from him. He was let go…This is may be his chance to land a better future for himself and make a loving master, a Cane Corso lover, proud and happy to have him as a pet.
11/07/2014 BEHAVIOR EVALUATION – EXPERIENCE
Exam Type BEHAVIOR
Gareth walks calmly on leash. He was sociable toward the handler during the assessment – soft body, wagging tail. He was calm and relaxed during handling. Gareth had a low body position during the tag test, but followed the assessor at the end of the leash. He ate faster, was stiff and very difficult to push out of the food bowl, but did not growl, snap or bite. He was not interested in toys or rawhide. Gareth was relaxed when approaching a friendly dog, but was not playful. Gareth shows a bit of concern during the food bowl test but didn’t not growl or bit the assessor-a -hand. The behavior department feels that Gareth can go to an experience home. Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions. Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, and his tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item. Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body low and a bit fearful. Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw. Squeeze2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw. Food: 3. Dog gulps food, begins to eat faster and with bigger bites, body stiff. He does not lift head when hand is applied to cheek. Toy: 1. No interest. Rawhide: 1. No interest. Dog – dog: 1. Dog approaches the helper, soft body, tail neutral, but not playful. Helper: A1005749 Gareth is social and appropriate when off-leash with female dogs, but uninterested in playing. He has not been off-leash with other male dogs.