"Our Promise to Pookie"
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. The volunteers of Dallas Street Dog Advocates search for stray and abandoned dogs in southern Dallas where there is estimated to be over 9,000 dogs roaming loose, abandoned and without a home. Visit www.dsda.org for more information.
In late November our street dog rescue team headed to an area south of Dallas. The rumor was that several men once living in an abandoned trailer had moved leaving a dog chained up outside. There were other homeless people in this area but no one knew the men or how to find them so no animal cruelty charges could be filed.
Garbage was seen stacked and strewn about the property. Tied to a stake outside the dilapidated trailer was Pookie. His ribs were showing and patches of fur missing. And he was freezing The dog was excited and happy to see people and noted to be quite friendly. (Often when mistreated they have no reason to trust humans and can take a while to warm up.) It was obvious he craved attention. 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 heartworm positive, something very common in dogs in this area of Texas, and will need a quiet home in which to recover from treatment. Pookie has been 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.
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. He would love to hear from you!