Chip is REALLY making strides in his foster home!!! Last update from Jully 11 says: "Chip (we call him Archie), our foster, is doing really well! He walks so nicely on the left side and has been a real joy to train"!
This is Chip... he is one of the breeder dogs that came to GRRAND from the horrid conditions of the Amish puppy mill rescue in early Dec. He is a 1 1/2 year old Chocolate Lab who has never known anything but a small kennel. He is very fearful of this new world he has just been brought into and we are going to help him get through it!
**** Chip continues to be extremely unsocialized at this time, and the type of home he is needing is not just your typical home. There are quite a few MUST HAVES for him and they are: MUST have someone who is experienced in helping unsocialized breeder dogs transition from the kennel situation to a home. This is NOT just for anyone, as the time and patience put into helping to rehabilitate these dogs is huge. He also MUST have another stable dog, MUST have a secure above ground fenced yard, and MUST have someone home more than the typical working family, and a home with NO kids under the age of 16.
Look at his sweet and soulful eyes... This is the face of a dog absolutely TERRIFIED of people. It's just so sad but it is our mission to help show Chip that people are not all bad, and that it is going to be OK. Chip literally spent the first few days after the rescue, with his nose in the corner of the kennel in fear. He is coming around and is happy and talkative with dogs and loves to play with his buddy Jax in the play yard, but is still VERY unsure of people! He will only occasionally accept the warm and loving touch of our volunteers, but we know he will come around and it is important that he get out of the kennel and (slowly) socialized into his new world.
As Chip is considered a flight risk due to his fear, as stated above, he will need to go to his forever or foster home that has a secure above ground fenced yard with direct access to the yard from the home. As we do not know how he will be with chaos and kids, so his new home will not be able to have children under the age of 16. We do not know how he is with cats at this time either. Chip will need a very patient family who will not rush the process of his socialization to new things. His people will need to be committed to working with him through his fears, insecurities and uncertainties. Also sted above, a home with another stable dog to help Chip build his confidence and show him the ropes is non-questionable in his rehabilitation. We are unsure if Chip is potty-trained, but he has kept his kennel run clean.
We are still learning about Chip, but if you want to love Chip with everything you have, and have the commitment and time he needs to succeed, please fill out an application:
GRRAND dogs are looking for their foster or adoptive homes in our current service area of Greater Louisville, Greater Lexington, or Greater Cincinnati and Dayton. We’re sorry we can’t make exceptions to this area at this time.
NOTE: Chip has had his hip replaced: If Chip ever develops an infection anywhere in/on his body in the future, the infection must be treated immediately because it is possible it to travel through the bloodstream to the replaced hip joint. Chip should have prophylactic antibiotics for any future dental work. - Mary Barry from the Vet Team 8 29 23