Pookie, named for his adorable squishy sweet face, needs a home. A real home. One without a chain. One with love. One with food. One with patience. This compact little brindle bully mix had a rough start and is ready for a real family to call his own.
One cold day in late November three of our street dog rescue team headed to an area south of Dallas known for dumping dogs. The rumor was that several men once living in an abandoned trailer had moved away leaving a dog chained on the outside. Sadly, no one living in the area knew the men or how to find them so no animal cruelty charges could be filed.
Upon our volunteers arrival garbage was seen stacked and strewn about the property. And tied to a stake outside the dilapidated trailer was Pookie. His ribs were showing and patches of fur missing. He was really miserable and to top if off, he was freezing!
True to form, our volunteers swung into action by first testing the dog's temperament. Often when mistreated they have no reason to trust humans and can take a while to warm up. This boy was just scared and it was obvious he craved attention. After determining Pookie was people friendly he was fed and he happily devoured all the food offered to him.
An SOS was sent out across our social media ties asking for help from our rescue community. Those of us who are usually able to help are almost always filled to capacity with dogs in need and this time was no different. And with the holiday fast approaching foster homes were slim to none. But this was our lucky day as one of our veterinarians had a space open in her isolation room and agreed to take our boy!
Pookie has since been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He is currently being treated for intestinal parasites and skin infections. He is heartworm positive, something very common in dogs in this area of Texas, and will need a quiet home in which to recover from treatment. We have not been successful in finding Pookie a foster home so he is living in a boarding facility where he receives lots of fresh air and TLC, but this is not a permanent solution.
Just this week Pookie had an offer for a short reprieve from boarding! He is living with a young man who walks him, talks to him and offers cuddles on demand. They play video games, watch sports, and just hang out together. Over time we have learned that Pookie is not ready to share his human with another dog. His foster home or forever home will need to be one without anther dog (at least for now) and no cats (as he seems to be overly interested in them right now). He is fine with dogs on the outside of the home and in public places but he needs to be the only dog inside the home. Yes, he is making up for 4 years of being a neglected dog tied out with the garbage.
Our volunteers have made a promise to Pookie. That we will not give up. We will find him a home and family of his very own. Would you be willing to to help us fulfill our promise to Pookie and help us find him a forever home? He will not disappoint! Not only is he house and crate trained but he even knows to sit for treats!
To foster or adopt Pookie please visit www.dsda.org and complete our easy online no obligation foster or adoption application.