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I've stopped by the West LA animal shelter every day to ask after Beowulf. They won't let me see him, because he's quarantined, ostensibly to be sure he doesn't have rabies. We know for sure that he doesn't, as all his shots are up to date, and we've had him for more than 10 days. So another 10 days isn't going to reveal any new information.

It was his time alone in the back yard of his last owners that put him over the edge into being a biter, I think. So 10 days in solitary has me very worried about him. That and... well, he has been twice abandoned by people that should have been responsible for him, and I certainly know how that feels. I just refuse to give up on him.

If he can make it through the quarantine, there's a happy ending for him - life at a no-kill shelter, and time with a professional trainer that specializes in Akitas to rehabilitate him, make him safe for a good family, eventually. But he's just got to get there.

When I stop in they always say he's ok. They've kept up his medicine for his paw infection, and they tell me he hasn't started chewing his paws again, so that's good. But today they said he wasn't interested in a cookie, which is a bit worrisome. Now, if it were Blink turning down a snack, I'd be much more worried - that dog loves snacks the way fat kids love...um...snacks, basically. But Beowulf wasn't quite so snack-crazy, so it might mean nothing.

I'm going to keep stopping by every day to see if he's ok. I know they won't let me see him, but I can at least talk to the people who are caring for him, and let them know someone is concerned for his health. Maybe they'll pay him a little bit of extra attention?

I'm not going to give up on that dog. He needs someone to take care of him, and I will not let him slip through the cracks. He deserves life and happiness. I know all the other dogs do, too - but I don't love them, and they don't sit on the couch with their head on my leg while I watch TV.

I know what it's like to be given up, and I won't do it to Beowulf.


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Aug. 23rd, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
Best of luck to him. You guys are very good people for taking such good care of him to the best of your abilities.
Aug. 23rd, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
I hope things work out for him!
Aug. 24th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Just remember: You and the people at the shelter are on the same side. They care about the welfare of animals and would much, much rather have your dog go to the rescue situation you have lined up than have to put him down. They want what you want.

Protocols are put in place for a reason and you just have to ride it out. You can rest easy knowing that this particular dog does not have rabies (or any other contagion) and the process is just a formality.

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