So today, we were contacted by a couple giving up their 2yr. old female Golden.
Anyway - the kids were quite insightful when telling me of all the dogs this family had previously given up for various reasons. The kids also said the dog "got a hair cut" last night - which I thought interesting because she did not look like she'd been groomed in particular. The kids were (approx) 2, 4 and 6.
When the mom was filling out the surrender paperwork, the dad was petting the dog, and the dog just started shaking violently as if afraid. He claimed he'd never had a dog that did that - "just shakes like this, see, like she's freezing".
It turns out they need to get rid of their dog because the Labs were "too rough with her". The dog is around 45-50lb., but for a female, not extremely small.
The wife claimed when they spayed the dog last fall, she had "blood clots" in her stomach region (will clarify this tomorrow with the vet). They didn't know why but surmised the Labs were too rough when trying to play with her.
Well we get home and I had made a mental note that her collar seemed loose, but forgot about it, and she slipped her collar and took off.
She made it across the road, and into a field near our place. I figured that is it, she'll head home
But she didn't...she started cowering very
badly. My daughter was on foot and I was in the car, we were both calling, and the dog just cowered down and then she'd get up and move some, she'd kind of come towards us but cower down again, and when I finally caught up with her, I said "no!" when she'd go to run off and she cowered even worse if you can imagine. I mean, tucked her butt clear up, her tail tucked in, and I managed to get ahold of her.
It was then I noticed her leg fur and tail are...beyond matted, tangled, dead fur, etc. in them. Bedragged I guess you could say. Matted. I now "got it" when I remembered the kids telling us she got a "hair cut" last night
So my daughter picked the dog up and held her on her lap and the dog just peed all over the place, very submissively.
I am honestly thinking this dog was pretty danged neglected, oh, I found mats behind her ears, little balled up fur behind there. Now, I have a Sheltie mix with the same type ear fur and you have to basically brush every few weeks to keep that clean and mat-free.
The Golden's tail and back leg "feathers" are way worse with mats and tangled fur.
And I'm thinking the folks were the type to call the dog back, then smack it or whatever you do, hit, whatever. Kick!? Blood clots in her abdomen!?
The way she'd begin to approach then just cower and pee, it's very disturbing.
Thoughts!? How do I begin to work with a dog like this!??
I don't dare ask them. I am just vastly relieved they chose rescue over another home that might not have patience with her