Poor Uno has lived a rough life. We were called by a wonderful lady who said Uno had been thrown over her fence into her yard. When she first found him, he was skin and bones with a collar around his neck that was much too small for him. She spent a month fattening Uno up and looking around for who may have owned him and then called us.
We will admit, our first meeting with Uno was not too pleasant. He tends to be very fearful when with strangers and he tends to have the 'fight or flight' mentality. When stuck in a crate- flight isn't an option and Uno made every attempt possible to show us that he was a tough guy. But, true to the name, we are Rescue and rescue never quits. Refusing to let Uno scare us away, we got him out of his crate and on a leash and it was time for him to see us in a much more honest light. In just a day, Uno has been able to let his guard down with several volunteers. He is not a mean dog; he is fearful. There is a very big difference. He doesn't run around biting people's heels, all he wants to do is protect himself. We are working very, very hard to show Uno that nothing bad will ever happen to him again and that people are a positive part of his life.
As Uno's foster mom, I am lucky enough to see the real Uno. In my eyes, he is a little baby who needs confidence and needs to know that he is safe. Uno now tolerates all handling from me. It was a rough start, but well worth it! He loves to sit or lay beside me and really enjoys his walks. Thus far, it appears that Uno is pretty much housebroken. He had a few accidents at our adoption center (which I'm sure is filled with the scents of hundreds that have been there before him), but since he's come to my home, there have been no more accidents. Uno is incredibly obedient and loyal to me. He responds well to “come” and “sit” and once we solidify those commands, we plan to work on some others. He is crate trained and very quiet in the crate. He is not much of a licker, but certainly enjoys affection and attention. He is not really a needy dog. He will occasionally nudge my hand with his nose if he wants some lovin.' I love this dog. When he is with me or the other people that he's learned to trust, he's incredibly outgoing and fabulous. When there are strangers around, he sits beside me and shivers.
Realistically, I know that not everyone is going to jump up offering Uno a home and that's okay; He's not a good fit for most homes. Uno does like other dogs very much. I'm not sure about cats, but we could check and see if needed. Uno needs a patient person or couple. He needs responsible owners. He can not go to a home with children. He needs owners who are responsible and who will understand his issues and make reasonable accomadations for him. For instance, if company is coming over for dinner, Uno should be put in a “safe place” or crate. I think he'd really enjoy a fenced in yard, but he walks just fine on a leash, so that is not required. He is not very barky and is quite small- about 14 lbs. He takes treats like a little gentleman and would make an excellent companion for the right person who understands that it will take a few days for Uno to completely let his guard down.
If you're patient & understanding and you want to give Uno a chance at being your best bud, please submit your adoption application today!