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Update 5.18.15: Spectacular news! Oynx has found a wonderful foster family and has been in their care for a little over a week. He continues to do well and is learning many new things. We will continue to update his progress once the foster family has had a bit more time with him.
Cane Corso Rescue, Inc. has recently welcomed Oynx (formerly “Junior/Brindle”) and his brother Jake (formerly “Bruno”) into our family. Unfortunately, both boys had to be placed in a boarding facility to ensure they lived. Both Oynx and Jake were released to the streets of New York by their previous owner (see below for their story).
Oynx is a gorgeous brindled, 2 year old Cane Corso. The shelter who did Oynx’s intake evaluation reported that he knows some basic commands is pretty shy and wary of strangers. I too would be wary had I been abandoned to the streets by the humans I called ‘family’. I too would be wary had I been left to fend for myself searching for food and shelter during the blistering winter weather. I too would be wary if complete strangers snared me as how was Oynx to know they were the ‘good’ humans that wanted to help him. This poor boy doesn’t even know how to play. And still Oynx can find it in his heart to like the little furry creatures, cats. Awe!!!
• Stare Test- very soft eye contact.
• Back: allows without issue while sitting close to handler.
• Tail: allows without issue.
• Ears: allows without issue.
• Paws: allows without issue, willingly gives paw.
• Muzzle: mild head tossing puts paw up as if to push handler’s hand away.
•Knows “sit”, “paw”, and “lay down”.
• Play Test- nervous about play.
• Toys- Ball: follows and paws at ball, holds in mouth softly and allows it to be taken from him.
• Squeaky: sniffs and paws at it but unsure what to do with it, kind of nervous.
• Food Test- fine with all handling components, a bit hard to push out but allows handler to take bowl without issue; no guarding.
• Chewy Test- no interest.
• Stranger- very shy with stranger would not approach. After a few minutes of handler coaxing, he came up but then immediately backed off.
• Baby Doll- came up and sniffed but then immediately lost interest.
• Dog- To- Dog- (Bear) social with dogs, a little uncertain kind of as if he hasn’t been around the other dogs before.
• Cat Test- (Wilma) good with cats, lots of social interaction.
Oynx’s Story: On March 23, Cane Corso Rescue, Inc. received an email from a kill shelter in Wantagh, NY. After reading the first few sentences of the bio, Liz screamed “I KNOW THESE DOGS!!” Sure enough, their owner had called her 3 weeks earlier and asked us to take his dogs. He reported that Bruno and Oynx were “great dogs”. He said “they deserve a great family”. But of course, he couldn’t keep them and he didn’t say why he had to give them up. “I messaged with him a few times, asking for pictures and vet info. Nothing was ever received and I moved on to all the other numerous requests from people nationwide, needing to give up their Cane Corsos.” said Liz. Apparently the owners then tried surrendering them to the shelter, but when they heard there was an owner surrender fee, they stormed out with their dogs. A short while later the shelter got a call for two dogs running loose, when their animal control officers were unable to catch them, they set a trap. Jake was trapped in a dog trap on a dock of a frozen canal, while Oynx was later snared running loose on the same canal. It took over a week, but they were finally caught. That is how these two beauties came into the shelter. The owner dumped his “great dogs” miles from his home (or left them in an abandoned yard for them to escape) and left. Can you imagine what they were thinking… probably trying to get back home.