The GA 38 arrived in MAGSR’s care in early/mid January 2019 and over the past two months, their transformation has been nothing short of amazing. These 38 broken souls knew nothing but a life of filth, hunger, and abuse. Their eyes were filled with the look of fear, emptiness and uncertainty. They cowered in the corners of their runs and tried to be as far away from humans as possible and MAGSR volunteers knew they had quite a challenge ahead to right the wrongs of their past prior to arriving in MAGSR's care. MAGSR volunteers stepped up & took on the challenge head on. And now, two months later, through the endless work of dedicated volunteers that have selflessly given their time, patience and love, these beautiful creatures have begun to meet us with tail wags, lean-ins as we walk with them, and most importantly, where once there was emptiness and fear in their eyes, it’s clear those memories have been replaced with hope and even a bit of curiosity. Their wounds have healed, their bellies are full and they have learned that all humans aren’t so bad. They are greeting us at the front of their kennel runs now eager for treats and walks. All of them have learned to walk on a leash and we are beginning some basic obedience with them such as "sit", "heel" and “watch me.” They are now used to being handled regularly for normal things such as baths, getting their weights taken, and taking their monthly preventatives. Best of all, volunteers are seeing their unique personalities and social side come out with other dogs. Just a few months ago, they were all fighting for the same food and water and ability to stay alive but today, many have completely let down their guard and are comfortable enough to engage in play and/or positively interact with other dogs. All of these dogs have shown us how intelligent and resilient they are and have made significant strides in their road of rehabilitation. They are ready for the next chapter of their journey and we hope you may be part of their story.
Tilly has been in her foster home for a little over a week, so we wanted to give an update on her progress. Tilly is absolutely gorgeous – that is obvious. However, for those who may be interested in her, here’s some not-so-obvious information to first and foremost consider her personality and her needs, and not her physical appearance. Tilly lacks socialization with humans. While she is shy and unsure of things that are new to her, she is doing fairly well in her foster home with an experienced adult household. She is also residing with socialized adult german shepherds, both male and female. Because dogs learn from other dogs, this can accelerate the learning or trusting process. However, Tilly does not seek companionship from her foster siblings or engage in play with them. This may change down the road but for now, she appears to be uninterested in them. However, Tilly is learning from them as she sees how the foster siblings interact with the humans in the home and vice-versa. Tilly is doing great residing and eating in her wire crate. She is also doing equally well with her housebreaking. Because Tilly is tethered to the humans in the home, and will be for some time yet to come, signals from her that she has to go potty are not seen. Her daily routine is kept very consistent which helps her understand how things work in a home. Tilly is starting to show occasional interest in toys but not a lot yet. Tilly’s recall is currently not there but she is doing very well on leash. In the yard, Tilly is also tethered to the humans of the home, which will also remain that way for some time yet to come as she is a high flight risk dog and will be a flight risk for the foreseeable future, which cannot be stressed enough. Tilly startles easy and as with many of the hoarding dogs, when they become scared or unsure, their instinct is to flee. Because Tilly is not yet bonded with her foster humans, precautions are required to keep her safe. Her adoptive family will need to be on their game and her safety and security MUST be the top priority. We have not yet seen Tilly interact with children, however because of her unsure nature, we would advise that this be taken slowly and with caution as children behave differently than adults. Tilly is not affectionate and at this time, does not wish to be a lap dog. Tilly’s learning a lot about home life; residing in a crate, how to use steps, being around people, getting baths, getting her teeth brushed, praise, correction, and common household items such as ringing telephones, bright TVs, moving ceiling fans, etc. Tilly is truly a diamond in the rough and needs time and consistency so that she can shine.