Sunday, 14 August 2011

SPONSOR BOARDING/REHAB: Oakley - 3yo male golden retriever who needs to build faith/trust in people

On 5 Jun 2011, a rehomer was informed about Oakley, a young male Golden Retriever that was abandoned, found and sent to SPCA. He was scheduled for PTS on the following day as he had failed the SPCA temperament test for adoption.

Oakley was estimated by the vet to be 2-3 years old and healthy. He displayed a slight hip problem when he was rescued from SPCA and had difficulty standing still without his hind legs trembling. However, vet examination and x-rays revealed no physical injury to the hind legs at all. It is suspected the problem could be caused by long-term caging by the previous owner who was probably living in a flat.

He also displays aggression from fear of strangers and is possessive of his toys and food. The only defense known to him is to bite. Was he under-socialized as a pup and/or abused by his previous owner?

Since his rescue, Oakley has bitten 4 people largely due to carelessness in their handling of this very frightened boy.

Today, Oakley is boarded and rehabilitated at Mutts & Mittens. He no longer has a problem with his hips. He enjoys his daily walks and interacts well with other dogs though at time, he gets bullied by the other dogs. However, his manners still need to be worked on as he tends to greet people by jumping on them and humping. He does not like his collar to be touched except by people whom he knows and trusts. His kennel caretaker has absolutely no problem with him.

Oakley will need time to build faith and trust in people. He is still fearful of sudden movements and loud noises. Together with Mutts & Mittens, we have decided to give this young boy a second chance at life. Hopefully with rehabilitation, Oakley will never need to meet with the fate of PTS but will instead be rehomed one day to a family who will open their heart and home to him.

For Oakley’s boarding and rehabilitation, we are appealing for kind donations of any amount. Cheque to be issued to “Mutts & Mittens Pte Ltd”.

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[sun 14 aug 2011. shared on request. source: email, 11 aug 2011.]