Sheldon Tri-colour JRT DofB ?2013 Norbury London

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Sheldon Tri-colour JRT DofB ?2013 Norbury London

Postby xxlynne » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:31 pm

Current Status: Homed

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Sheldon's Story : Extremely neglectful background left for several years by himself in an empty flat is a utility area with no visual stimulation. Separated by but joined by a Collie pup over the last 7 months who was in another area. Fed sporadically like once a week. Sheldon has lived in his own excrement knee high after 2 years of total neglect and sporadic verbal abuse: Rescue Remedies offered a Rescue place saving his life. Sheldon is now neutered; chipped and fully vaccinated. Sheldon is now in foster in Bognor Regis

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Sheldon was abandoned in a property living in an unheated out-house in his own excreta for 2 years with a weekly visit with food dumped in. Yes his owner had mental health problems but we are told he had a life before that existence & that shines through. He can live alongside other dogs but plays hard & this can be misread. He is noisy & forthright & could accommodate. Either only dog or supportive terrier savvy owners. Dazzling
PLEASE NOTE: Dog laws have changed with zero public tolerance and prejudice against bull breeds and terriers. Our Rescue asks new owners to maintain dogs on lead in public spaces and manage encounters for at least 4 months until sure of their dogs instincts & skills, some need to be retained always on a lead, so as not to place dog's lives at risk (Destruction or Control Orders are common place nowadays).

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Sheldon's progress through our Rescue below
Original Referral information : We work with our dogs & often reveal a different picture & positive skills as they build trust. 30.11.16: EXTREMELY URGENT WELFARE CASE- CAN YOU HELP?

Is there any chance that the space you could take either of these emergencies? They are cruelty cases of the worst kind.

Extremely distressed dog warden contacted us last night about these two. The situation they have been rescued from is horrific and the lives they have endured thus far have been absolutely hellish in every way. They will need a rescuer with the therapeutic skills and understanding to help them begin again.

The dogs are from the same home but have been kept separately in different parts of the property with no interaction (i.e. they may well not get on, we don't know).

Entire male JRT, 3-4 years old. He has a flea allergy and is thin and absolutely terrified. His life has been characterised by severe cruelty and total neglect. His owner had severe mental health problems and moved out of his home, leaving Sheldon behind to fend for himself. For several years, he returned just once a week, for a maximum of 10 mins each visit, to throw in food for him and the last 6 months Cody a collie pup also the animals, then left again. The dogs were never taken out of the rooms which imprisoned them and would starve for 6 days until food was thrown in again the following week.

Sheldon has had a complete lack of socialisation or stimulation and is unlikely to have left the house in at least two years. Sheldon was kept in a side utility area where he could only see out the door by jumping up so jumping is what he does now whenever he is stressed, hence he is climbing up at the wall in the kennel. Sheldon is petrified at the moment and flips and panics on lead. However, Sheldon shows no malice and the dog warden believes he will recover with gentle, confidence building. He seems scared of other dogs. He needs very slow, gentle handling at the moment. Will not be housetrained as have been living knee deep in several years worth of dog excrement and filth.

Pictures in kennels
Sheldon in pound

11.12.16 Dog Warden Report Sheldon
Sheldon was picked up and carried to the van when removed from the property. He was tense when picked up but seemed calm when carried and on removal at the kennels, but was still hysterical on lead with occasional freezing. He seemed fearful of other dogs although they were not close by. Unfortunately Sheldon has coped poorly with kennel life, initially turning to the wall and jumping when people approached. Over a few days this lessened and he seemed to derive comfort from his bed, going to it when the kennel was approached but standing or sitting on his hind legs and pushing in to the back wall of the kennel while barking and growling. He also hid behind the bed at times when approached and showed signs of physical aggression if anyone tried to touch the bed. Staff members spent time sitting outside or just inside the kennel while throwing him treats but he did not seem to improve.

It was impossible to get Sheldon out of his kennel without severely stressing him. When he was put on lead he immediately screamed and became hysterical and when he was ushered into a compound for exercise he pinned himself in a corner on his hind legs and also made attempts to try and jump. The decision was made to leave him in the kennel, stop going in apart from to clean the kennel and to drop treats into the kennel when passing as he likes food. Sheldon refused to eat the treats until he was left alone. On Thursday I visited Sheldon and although he growled and barked as usual, he seemed very slightly more calm and sat in his bed rather than pinning himself to the wall. I felt that the outlook of the kennel was too much for him and asked if he could be moved to a kennel if possible with a more calm outlook.
17.12.16: Dog Warden Report Sheldon
Sheldon is the success story! He is coming on in leaps and bounds with other people. He now follows staff around and is fine being handled by them. Even better than that, though he is still fearful, he is coming to the front of the kennel when people approach, although he will back off a bit as they reach the kennel. Today he took a number of treats from my hand and was sitting on his hind legs being totally endearing as I approached the kennel!

Sheldon came into us today. SarahK has taken him home for care, a bath and then is going to be neutered and vaccinated tomorrow
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Re: Sheldon Tri colour JRT DofB ?2013 Oxted Overnight

Postby jules » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:51 pm

Thank you Dog Warden. Thank you Lynne. Thank you Sarahk. Hang in there Sheldon. X
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Re: Sheldon Tri colour JRT DofB ?2013 Oxted Overnight

Postby Debbie(tarakisha) » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:56 pm

Words again fail me at how people can treat animals so dispicably blu1.gif
Sheldon welcome to will be loved at last love4.gif
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Re: Sheldon Tri colour JRT DofB ?2013 Oxted Overnight

Postby Sarahk » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:41 pm

Sheldon is amazing, he's my best friend and I've had him sat on my lap giving me kisses. Whilst his circumstances are shocking his spirit is still there and once he trusts he loves you with a passion, he has definitely known love, that I don't doubt from his behaviour with me.

He's even let me bath him and towel dry and we've had a few lovely games of ball :D

Sheldon is a star love4.gif

I have Maisie with me tonight as well so Maisie isin the lounge with me and Sheldon in the front room. Maisie is being very good, letting me go and sit with Sheldon tomshare myself around :D
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Postby Sarahk » Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:05 pm

I popped next door this evening for some Christmas drinkies with the neighbours so left Sheldon home alone in his room. On my return I got greeted by a very loving boy, full of kisses love4.gif

After some greetings and fun I popped a lead on his collar and we went outside to the garden. Outside is still a bit of a scary place for Sheldon and it was dark, he stuck very close to me, sitting at my feet if I stood still bless. Uncertain about coming back inside so I carried the wee man, he loves a carry and a cuddle :smiley-gen132.gif:

Sorry following pics were snapped on my phone so not the best and quite blurry but you'll get to see the change in him from the description above, I've saw the scared wee boy at first in Lynne's dog mobile but since he got the confidence to come out of his crate, have a wander, then into my crate in the back of my car and home, he's been a happy little chap and very friendly thumbs.gif

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Cutest wee begging pose :0)
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Re: Sheldon Tri colour JRT DofB ?2013 Oxted Overnight

Postby Elliesmum » Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:02 am

Oh Sarah, from the photos, you wouldn't know the abuse he has been suffering. How quickly they can trust again when shown love! Let's hope he doesn't have to go back to kennels. :thanks.gif:
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Re: Sheldon Tri colour JRT DofB ?2013 Oxted Overnight

Postby jules » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:58 am

Lovely to see little fella interacting. Aren't these dogs amazing! :goodjob.gif:
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Re: Sheldon Tri colour JRT DofB ?2013 Oxted Overnight

Postby Sarahk » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:41 pm

Sheldon was such a good and brave little boy :D

He was fine overnight downstairs in my front room (Maisie my Xmas foster was upstairs with me !) - both dogs amazing, no noise from either of them, to not have a murmur from Sheldon even when he would have heard me come downstairs with Maisie this morning and let her out and give her her brekkie before i popped her into the lounge to go and visit Sheldon. I got the loveliest waggiest hello from Sheldon, super super little lad. He had toileted overnight but given his circumstances I was expecting that and was prepared ! That said, last night when I noticed him circling as though to poop I popped him into the garden and he did his business there and he peed in the garden too this morning, so with care and gentle direction I'm sure he would pick up his house training soon in a home with regular consistent love and care.

We had some cuddles and Sheldon let me swap his collar and pop his harnes on no problem at all. Out came the lead and he was fine with it. I scooped him up to get into the car and he sat on my lap in the drive shaking bless, clearly unsure of what was happening. Some hugs calmed him down and he travelled as my passenger (sneaking his front paws and head towards my lap !) on the short trip to the vets. We parked a short way away and he walked fine on the lead to the vets with gentle encouragement from me talking to him on the way ! Had his pre med in my arms and I told him to be a brave boy as the rest of his life started today and all he would know from now on was love love love love4.gif
Sheldon met Debby the vet nurse well with no nerves showing, quite an amazing degree of trust given all he's been through.

Sheldon you are a bright little star my lovely, you are shining bright in our rescue and we'll find you your very own happy ever soon my boy I promise xxx

Sheldon has stolen a piece of my heart for sure, such a precious lad and how amazing is he to accept my love as he did when he'd only just met me, dogs are incredible :D

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Re: Sheldon Tri colour JRT DofB ?2013 Oxted Overnight

Postby MandaTK » Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:01 pm

Oh what a sad story for lovely little Sheldon, he is such a sweet boy. Sarah thank you so much for showing him such love as you always do, and what a great little boy. With time he will become a little star. Your life has really started now little Sheldon there are so many of us sending you virtual hugs and kisses and cuddles as well as those who get to see you in the flesh. Rescue Remedies is your home for LOVE and affection in abundance. xxxxx love4.gif
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Re: Sheldon Tri-colour JRT DofB ?2013 Gatwick Kenns

Postby xxlynne » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:04 pm

Collect Sheldon from the vets this afternoon. A little reserved but tuned into my voice and was encouraged and reassured through voice. Lifted him and carried him through the dog mobile and he willingly went into the crate and went to the back of the crate as is he current need, lead left on. On arrival at the kennels he didn't need too much encouragement to come to the front of the crate and actually jumped down and walked over the Alyson and Nicky (Epsom Canine Rescue) outside the office. Nicky stooped down and immediately fussed and cuddled him and it didn't seem necessary to intervene only to share he has had an extremely neglectful background.

I carried him down the corridor in the kennels with large dogs either side; a little trembly but he just snuggles in, in Sheldon's sweet way. He was happy to go and explore the run area once I had unclipped his lead.
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Re: Sheldon Tri-colour JRT DofB ?2013 Gatwick Kenns

Postby Amethyst » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:02 pm

You guys have done such a great job. It's good to know that he's happier now.
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Re: Sheldon Tri-colour JRT DofB ?2013 Gatwick Kenns

Postby Sarahk » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:22 pm

Here's the pics we took of Sheldon just after he'd come our of the crate in Lynnes car - he was more reserved and nervous to start with but soon welcomed Lynne to pick him up, the closeness gives him comfort for sure. You can see what a cutie-pie he is, and even more cute as he relaxed with me in foster last night, amazing boy love4.gif
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Super boy who is bravely putting his past behind him and looking forward to a very happy life full of love love4.gif
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