was born in the Czech Republic and sold to the US when he was
just a puppy. He was then sold at a puppy auction and bought by
a puppy miller.
hasn’t fared well in the life that was chosen for him and he
has seen many horrors and lived through several.
into Raj’s eyes I saw the look I am beginning to grow
accustomed to seeing. He had the same blank look so many have
and he had the worst “rescue slump” I’ve seen. He was
another one afraid of a leash, even more so than any of the
others. I realized right away I had my work cut out for me with
him. His spirit wasn’t injured, it was almost completely
destroyed. At the time I knew he was different than all the
others and I proceeded with caution as I wasn’t sure how he
would react to me. I’ve never been attacked by a rescue but
I’ve always been very careful and with Raj I was really
Later as I was removing the “chain” that he’d come in
wearing, I noticed he had a scar on his neck and after examining
it further, I realized it went all around his neck. I’ve only
seen a scar like this one other time and it was from a chain
being embedded in the dog’s neck.
Instantly, I knew why he didn’t like a leash or being pulled
on. I cannot describe the sickness or the sadness I felt when I
saw the scar but the tears flowed just thinking about what this
wonderful Clumber had gone through, broke my heart.
soon as I regained my composure I sat down next to Raj and
decided to have a talk with him and let him know how sorry I was
that he had been hurt, but that he was safe now, and that I
would not hurt him, or let him be hurt. The worry I had earlier
about him attacking me was erased as I automatically focused
more on his needs and what had happened to him.
out to potty was a chore as even though I was extra careful
about “pulling” on him, he was still very nervous and
didn’t want any part of the leash. After many days and many
hours of working with him, I now have him where he enjoys going
didn’t make much noise at first when he came in and it
wasn’t for a couple of days that he tried to bark and when I
say he “tried” to bark, I mean just that, as it seems his
vocal cords were damaged by the chain.
haven’t had Raj very long and the tears I’ve cried over him
have been many. Even though mankind let him down, he is
beginning to respond to my touch and he actually wiggles and
gets very excited to see me. Our walks are enjoyable now and he
waits by the door for me to get his leash. I can never make up
for the hurt he’s seen or endured but I can promise him a
is beginning to see what a good life means and is beginning to
relax. At first he wasn’t sure what to expect as he like
Johnny Blue was sold at the auction many times and always ended
back up at a “bad” place. He was confused when he first got
here as he heard puppies and he was afraid he was at another
“bad” place but the pet communicator assured him the puppies
were safe and they’d never have to leave.
Many bad things have happened to Raj in his five years and it
will take some time before he can relax and learn to trust but I
feel confident that he will. He had gotten so used to being on
guard and surviving that it will take some time for him to let
his heart open up.
no doubt that once Raj opens up his heart and realizes that
there are “good” people in the world that will treat him
with kindness, he will be the best Clumber yet. I have a lot of
faith in him and I am determined that he will know he is loved
and cherished and that his only “job” in life is to be
spoiled and pampered.