UPDATE: I am truly sorry to say that Crocodile was euthanized. I know this little man had much potential. I had wished that his life could have continued in love, to overshadow those painful moments that scarred his body. Maybe Croc and I will take a walk in the dreamtime some day. I’m looking forward to it.
Crocodile will be euthanized if not adopted or rescued by 9-07-11
Crocodile is a Basset Hound Mix
I would lose my head if it weren’t attached to my body. I went to the shelter today to get know the scared dog in I-14, who is on the list to be euthanized tomorrow morning, and I left the memory card for my camera at home. It was too late in the day to go back and get it. I could have kicked myself. I did get a couple of pictures but there was no room on internal memory for video.
I asked to see I-14 and was surprised when he was brought out. I had only seen a blurry of the dog and thought he was more of a retriever mix. It turns out he is a basset hound mix with a very broad head. Right off the bat, I could tell he was scared and confused. He had the wide-eye look and didn’t know where to go. He was also covered with scars. It wouldn’t take a genius to know that those wounds were from dog fights. The dog was brought into the shelter with open wounds. The vet started him on medication and put staples in on a wound on his neck. It is a very sad state to see a dog in.
I’ll admit that I was hesitant at first to touch this dog. I didn’t know his temperament and history. You never want to push an unknown dog pass his comfort zone. The inmate that brought him out was handling him. Slowly, I would test where he would allow me to touch. His side, leg, side of face, back leg, ears, and so on. All touch he allowed. We could lift up his lips. The inmate said he gave the dog his meds with no problem. I can’t say he enjoyed it much because he was so concerned over his environment. He bonded fast with the inmate and we decided to call him “Crocodile” since he was low to the ground, strong, and all beat up.
Crocodile relaxed a bit. The inmate would snap his fingers and tell Croc to sit. Croc would spin in a circle three times and then sit, leaning against him. It was sweet. That is the essence of Croc. Sweetness lying just underneath the surface. He just needs to build up trust with the world again.
We walked him by the kennels and watched his reaction. I saw no aggression toward other dogs. He would sniff and walk away. He was startled by another dog being walked by and he couldn’t get away fast enough. It seems to me that Croc was more of a victim that the aggressor in the (possible) dog fights.
I cannot make any promises. He’ll need work and time but I think it’s those that may take an investment of time that pay off like Wall Street bankers. We like him and see something shining through the confusion in his eyes. Can you give Crocodile a second chance at love, life, and safety?
Please contact Coweta Co. Animal Control for more information
Please call 770-254-3735
Better yet, come visit us at 91 Selt Rd, Newnan, GA
Adoptions must be done in person
Croc has been available for adoption since 8-11-11
Visit shelterrescue.org for more pictures and videos of Croc
as well as other homeless pets