Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

GRR Number: 20-057

Type of Surrender: Owner Turn In

Status: Available Soon

Age:  8-9


Meet Pete, part of our Noble Four. Three are retired bomb-detection dogs, having worked to ensure your safety in the Houston Airport/Port Authority. Pete, whom you'll meet below, worked as a Search & Rescue cadaver rescue dog.

When they retired, they were welcomed into the home of their Search & Rescue trainer, easily melding in with the other dogs and cats in the home.   They had room to run and play, were kept in a fine kennel and able to mesh in as family in the home, kept up to date with vaccinations, and were given good quality food.

Unfortunately, their trainer had to move, but left them in the care of another Search & Rescue trainer who moved into the home.  More unfortunately, despite assurances that the dogs would live out the rest of their lives in the same comfort that they had, they were instead badly neglected - some at half the weight they should be. Some had tumors that had obviously never been looked at or cared for.  No  medications for heart worm was given, so all are heartworm positive.  They were matted in feces and urine and had to be shaved down. Their skin condition was awful.  The list goes on.  They were the only four to survive; the other two were in such bad condition, their only hope was to cross the bridge.

Once the neglect came to light, the horrified owner immediately got her dogs into safety, evicted the so-called caretaker, and then moved heaven and earth to find safe haven for her dogs, enlisting the help of a good friend who has driven hundreds of miles to pick up the dogs and is working  closely with GRR and other rescues to make sure they land in a great place this time around

Personality:  Pete is an absolute sweetheart. He has a bit of flakey skin and is heart worm positive, which will be treated at GRR’s expense.  He has had some accidents when he is not walked or let out in the yard often enough, but we’re sure he will get over that soon. When he is left alone, he is in the crate with the door open. He likes to nap outside the crate, but during the night, he sleeps in his crate. Such a good boy.

Pete gets very excited when it’s treat time and likes to gobble his food. He certainly needs to learn some manners when it comes to food. He hasn’t been observed in the company of other dogs in his foster home, but got along well with his Noble Four buddies and is polite when passing dogs on his walks. As far as we know, he has no experience around cats or children, as well as riding in the car. When he goes walking, he zigs and zags about.

He sleeps calmly through the night and lets his foster mom brush him. Overall, he is a very sweet boy who loves people and loves for those people to pet him. He just wants to be around you! He’s very smart. If he jumps up and you say a firm “no”, he sits down and listens.

Ideal Home: His foster thinks he would be great with kids and other dogs because he is so sweet-natured. He doesn’t like to be left alone for very long, so it would be great if his family had someone who was home most of the time.


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