Nothing in Denny’s life had prepared him for the wonders that awaited him at his MWCR foster home. It had a couch and big soft chairs and a doggie bed just for him! It had other dogs to welcome him and people who were with him all the time!! And it was so warm!!! For Denny, it was like a miracle.
You see, Denny had lived his entire life as an outdoor dog in Fertile, Minnesota. The first five years were spent chained far away from the house where he received no attention and the bare minimum of food and water. A neighbor felt sorry for Denny and convinced the owner to give Denny to them, and though his living conditions improved greatly, he continued to be an outdoor dog. After another four years, his new family felt that the frigid, northern Minnesota winters were too demanding for this senior collie and they contacted MWCR.
Although indoor living has come late to Denny, he has taken to it like a duck to water (or perhaps like a collie to sheep). He seems to instinctively understand the concept of housetraining and will bark when he needs to be let out to “do his business.” Once that business is done, however, Denny wants back in now and will gaze at his foster dad with big sad eyes until he is let back indoors. He was initially nervous about tile floors and stairs, but he quickly adapted to both. He loves his rawhide chews and likes to sleep on a big, soft blanket or the doggie bed that his foster family has for him.
Shortly after Denny arrived at his foster home, he experienced what was later diagnosed as a mild seizure and is now on a twice daily dose of phenobarbital. His vet believes that he has been having seizures for some time, but that they had gone undiagnosed until he came to MWCR. Denny will need to remain on his medication for life, but it has completely put a stop to the seizures.
Denny is a real “people” dog. When his foster dad takes him out on a leash or to the dog park, he happily greats every new person as though they were long lost friends. He seems to like children and is gentle with everyone. He doesn’t jump up on people so he would probably do well with kids of any age, including little ones. He also likes being with other dogs and appears to get along with everyone. According to his former family, he is also a great favorite with kitties and was regularly visited by the farm cats.
Because he lived his entire life on a chain, Denny was not able to get enough exercise, so when he first came to MWCR, he barely had enough muscle strength to walk around the dog park. He is doing much better now, gaining strength every day, and as you can see by the video, he is able to run and play with the other dogs.
Denny is a smart boy who knows his name, will come when called and also understands “wait,” “outside,” and “no.” He walks nicely on a leash and is very tolerant of grooming. He was quite matted when he came to us and his foster dad is gradually combing or cutting out the mats in his coat. His poor tail was particularly bad and is currently looking a little bald, but Denny hopes that his forever family will be willing to look past this temporary defect and see that it’s the wag that really counts.
Denny’s puppy years were spent sad, cold, alone and neglected. Now as a senior gentleman, he is experiencing the warmth and companionship of living indoors for the first time. The final miracle for Denny will come when his forever family takes him home. No dog will love you more.