was born in a puppy mill and sold to a backyard breeder where he
lived outside in a kennel. He is also Suzy’s son.
was one of the five Dottie led me to. Amos, like Lucy has
suffered trauma in his short life. He is blind in one eye and
according to the vet, he probably lost it due to an accident.
came in with Heidi, Gretchen, Hank, and Joni and out of the
five, he was the most nervous. He had the “rescue” slump so
many rescues have and he would cower in his crate. It took him
several days before he would eat and if anyone was in the same
room with him, he wouldn’t eat at all.
him out to potty was tricky as he had never been on a leash and
was scared to death of it. It took me several weeks to convince
him that going for a walk was a good thing.
didn’t seem to trust me or anyone and acted like he had lost
his best friend. I truly feel that even though his life hadn’t
been the best, it was still a life that he was used to and
having to readjust to a new home and new life was very hard on
was very nervous and any type of loud noises would make him
cringe and he would literally start shaking. The calmer
everything around him was, the better he felt. I did a lot of
talking to Amos and petting him and spent a lot of one on one
time with him and slowly he began to respond.
struggled with adapting and my heart went out to him. I tried
everything I could think of to make him feel better and more at
ease as he was in turmoil. I spent a lot of time with Amos in
the presence of the others so that he could see how they
interacted with me in hopes that he would see they were at ease
and he would mimic them.
a period of many months, I began to see Amos transform into a
totally “different” Clumber and once he did, he started to
relax and decided he not only liked me but that he could trust
me. He lost the slump and started bouncing and prancing with
great pride. He was one of the first Clumbers to make it to
“off leash” status as he listened very well and would never
get far away from me. He became one of my biggest admirers and
was so eager to please.
days it is Amos that sets the good example and he calms even the
troubled rescues. He gets along with every body; both male and
female, young or old! He is an excellent testament of a Clumber
Spaniel and once he chose to give me his heart, there was and
will be no stopping him.
am very proud of Amos and how far he’s come as he has taken
the longest to come around but time is not important at McLendon
Land as each rescue has as much time as they need.
recently (February 2008), I made the decision that Amos would be
a long-termer here at McLendon Land as I feel he has finally
adjusted and has found happiness with his new life and I am
afraid he wouldn't do well if his security was taken away. Everybody loves Amos
and he has found his “serenity” here among the other Clumber
Amos is another fellow who has come so far. Ms Suzy is his
mother and he and Roofus are actually half brothers as they
share the same father. I feel making Amos a “personal”
clumber was the right decision to make as he loves it here.
loves to hike through the woods and loves to run and play with
anyone who will. He is full of life and has an ideal
temperament. There’s never been a clumber or non-clumber who
does not like him. His favorite past time is digging in the red
clay and he digs foxholes that would easily fit two or three
people. Often he looks like a mud-dobber and is red rather than
white but he is happiest when all covered in mud.
never grow tired of watching him run across the field or through
the laurel thickets as his delight is obvious to anyone watching
him. Amos continues to be a great influence on new rescues and
makes them all feel at ease.
Amos is definitely a “heart” clumber and he lets it be known
daily how happy he is. He runs and plays with such a carefree
spirit that it is breathtaking to watch. I can always count on
Amos to determine how a newbie will react to new dogs. His
demeanor never changes regardless of how nervous the newcomers
may be and he knows how much room they need and gives it to them
a day goes by that I am not thankful that I rescued Amos, for he
never would have known what it is like to experience life as he
now knows it. Once Amos decided that he was happy and could
trust me, he has walked by my side every day since. There is
never a morning that he doesn’t gallop over to meet me as he
makes his morning rounds and it is a ritual that I’ve grown to
not only look forward too but one that I can’t imagine
starting my day without.
was one of the wounded ones but now he is proof that a little
time, patience and love can make such a difference and that it
is never a waste of time to believe in something or have hope.