Today its exactly 1 Year after I adopted Kal. What a difference a year makes! Kal had been a 'ricochet' dog, bounced several times from owner to owner, home to home, fenced yard to fenced yard & breeder to shelter. He was out of control, condemned for killing cats & essentially discarded in a small barren fenced yard. Neglect had left him skin & bones, covered in fleas, w/o shots or vet care & begging for scraps of bread. Found him via an online want ad that said in part "can deal w/difficult dog" after a long & painful search.
Today I'd describe Kal as Buff or a Hard Body, he's definitely an athlete. His wanton destruction of screens, miniblinds, kitchen trash can & countertop discoveries exist as distant memories. Gone are the days where he was leery of getting in the car, b/c he had no 'sea legs' & lost his balance easily, b/c of being left behind in small fenced yards for most of his life. He runs like a cross between a Gazelle & the Energizer Bunny. Kal's energy level would probably still be "difficult" for very many people, but he's nearly a perfect fit here. If I could only get Kal to howl, still working on just getting him to bark on command. Kal is virtually a constant companion who's rarely left alone for more than a few hours & goes nearly everywhere.
Today I'm happy to say I'm still see'n'spots. I'm also still disheartened that Rescue & Humane Society refused to play any role & concluded I was unfit to adopt a dog b/c I lacked a fenced yard. Kal's latest, after learning he could swim last week, is discovering Box turtles.