is not an original import but is actually an American Cumber. He
recently turned four years old on September 11th in a
puppy mill where he spent all four years. Being I do not know
his “story”, I will not elaborate on it, but I do know that
he does not come from “puppy mill stock”. I also know that
he was sold to a puppy mill when he was just a puppy.
was considered a “favorite” of his owner but I’m not sure
if that meant anything as he came to me undernourished and
looked to be in poor health. Thankfully after a vet visit, it
was determined that he looked to be in a lot worse shape than
what he is. Even though he is in better health than I feared, he
still has a few minor problems to overcome but with proper vet
care, time, good food, lots of sunshine and exercise, I’m sure
he will come around.
has a great personality and he really likes attention. There are
so many things he needs to learn but he is slowly adjusting to
his new life. He does not understand that I “rescued” him or
that he is in a better place, he mourns and actually misses his
owner because that life was the only life he knew.
has been with me since October 4th and in that short
while, he has been on a hike, saw a creek for the first time,
met a few cats, and is learning what it is to live inside with a
family. Gunner approaches everything new with great care and so
far we are making slow but steady progress. He moves like he is
much older and for being so young already has arthritis in his
neck and possibly his back. One of his new experiences has been
getting to sleep on a soft bed and the joy he feels about it is
obvious as I can hardly get it made before he is ready to jump
Gunner’s eyes light up when I get home from work or watching
him “find” me while outside makes me wonder how a
“fellow” human being could not love this guy – he is so
eager to give me his heart and I will be more than happy to
“give” back to him for he truly deserves it. There are few
rescues that come in that will automatically roll over onto
their backs for a belly rub but Gunner will. He let me know
right away that he didn’t have a problem with me scratching
I find that physical abuse is not always the worst abuse, being
ignored or shoved aside can be even more devastating for these
wonderful Clumbers. I don’t think that Gunner was ever
physically abused but I know he was neglected and to me that is
just as bad as he wants to love and be loved so badly.
I am overjoyed that Gunner will have the chance to know what it
is like to “just” be loved without having to earn his keep;
he can relax and be spoiled, doing all the things that a Clumber
likes to do. It is my wish that the “good” years to come
will make up for all those years of being disregarded and I can
assure him that they will.
I’ve seen a change in his step, a twinkle in his eye and that
is proof enough that I did the right thing.