Excerpted from my dad’s blog:“About three years ago, a woman in our church passed away and left behind her neutered male Apricot miniature poodle, named KC. This woman’s daughter tried to take KC in, but her own much larger dogs did not, shall we say, welcome him into their home. KC spent several months spending all his time hiding under the couch or bed. Whenever he did come out for food or water, the other dogs would beat him up. When we heard about this situation, my wife and daughter took pity on KC and asked if they could bring him home.
KC has had a rough past. He was rescued by his previous owner after he was found abandoned on the side of the road. Whoever his first owner was, they had his tail bobbed and did whatever else one does to “remodel” miniature poodles. Then they decided they didn’t want him and dumped him somewhere.
We also know that KC must have been abused. He still cringes if I approach him holding his leash a certain way, as though he is anticipating a whipping. He also cringes if he sees me pick up a bottle by the neck, so I’m pretty certain he was beaten with a bottle and whipped with his leash at some point. We guesstimate that KC is now about 9 1/2 - 10 years old. He weighs about 18 pounds. He is current on all his vaccinations. We are clients of Colonial Park Animal Clinic in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and can make his records available at anyone’s request.
We were told that KC is gentle, loves baths and being brushed, is housebroken, etc., etc. and therefore we thought he would be a good fit for our family. I am 60 years old, retired, and haven’t had a dog in my life for several years, but I do have some experience with dogs. After only a few days in our home, KC started acting up. He decidedly does NOT like baths or brushing and usually tries to bite us during these activities, sometimes successfully. And unfortunately, I am not talking about warning nips; at his last bath he repeatedly tried to bite my wife and finally succeeded in drawing blood and bruising her wrist badly. KC also suffers terribly from separation anxiety and our vet finally put him on dog Prozac to stop some destructive behavior that occurred when we had to be out of the house without him. KC will also sometimes sneak off to relieve himself in lesser-used parts of the house if we do not regularly walk him or take him outside. I suspect he would be much happier in a home with a doggie-door and a fenced-in yard — neither of which we have.
I do not believe that any animal should be put to death because of abuse suffered at the hands of human beings. But after spending a lot on vets, trainers, animal psychiatrists and “dog whisperers” I have to accept the fact that I am not able to give this little guy the care he needs. He’s not so much a companion as he is a worry, in that I can never be out of the house for more than a couple of hours without risking damage to the home of some sort, be it KC trying to dig through a door or soiling the carpet. As I mentioned above, he also snaps at all of us, sometimes successfully landing a bite, at bath-time. Poodles don’t shed and they are hypoallergenic, but they certainly stink like any other dog if they are not bathed every couple of weeks. And they need to be taken to the groomer every eight weeks or so, which is a consequence of their not shedding. KC tries to bite the groomer, too.In spite of all I’ve just said, about 80 percent of the time, he is as sweet and affectionate as you could want in a canine companion. He is quiet and only barks when he hears the doorbell or suspects someone is on our front porch. He is never a disturbance, with the exception of at bath time.
Further complicating matters is my own health, which is in decline. My rheumatoid arthritis is starting to severely limit my activities and my ability to give KC the walking and exercise that he needs to thrive. Like it or not, dogs need to be walked and exercised, and just because it’s raining or snowing and I am in pain does not let me (or KC) off the hook.
I have tried to contact Mid-Atlantic Poodle Rescue and their submission-for-adoption form just takes me to a 404-Error page. Other adoption sites seem to be more geared towards offering pets than taking them. I have asked my vet to look into options for me as well, but have heard nothing back. So I put this appeal out there on the Internet.
Like I said, I don’t believe any animal deserves to be put to death because of stupid humans. I would like KC to find a home that is good for him and for which he would be a good addition. He needs to be with people who can offer him patience, and love, and companionship, and who are probably without younger children. I think a fenced-in yard that he can access when he needs to do so would mean the world to him. He can be very playful, and affectionate, and sweet, but he does not do well with other dogs or with solitude, and I would not trust him with young children because of the occasional nip he might give.
So if anyone knows of someone who fits these admittedly pretty specific criteria, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. Please e-mail me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. KC comes with all his gear, too — stainless steel bowls, crate, dog bed, toys, etc. He also comes with all his shots current through May 2013.
I wish I was able to better care for this dog. After what he’s suffered at the hands of other humans, he certainly deserves it. But I have to be honest with myself and admit that I am growing less and less able to care for him properly and I would very much like to see him placed in a home that’s better for him, and sooner rather than later. I thank you for your time.”Please signal boost if you cannot take him in. Because of KC’s specific needs, this information needs to get around to as many people as possible in the hopes of finding him a forever home.
Reblogging again because we still haven’t found a home for him. KC needs a home, because we really can’t take care of him for very much longer.
IF YOU LIVE IN OR AROUND THE PENNSYLVANIA AREA (surrounding states like Maryland, Ohio, New York, etc. are easy for us to travel to and we can bring him to you) PLEASE CONSIDER ADOPTING KC! IF YOU CAN’T TAKE HIM, PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!