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Pete & Maya: Where we came from
By: Shawna Gallagher, ABCDT ~ 11/26/2016

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This is my story of Pete and Maya and where they came from.  As a volunteer for Northwest Boxer Rescue one of the many things that I do is evaluate dogs either at a shelter or from owner surrender. I knew this one was going to be different than any other ones that I have done. First, I knew that I needed an assistant and normally that assistant would consist of another non- reactive dog to see how well the owner surrender dog would do with another dog. Seeing that I was going in to evaluate multiple dogs I felt that it would be very unkind to bring a dog with me so instead I brought another volunteer with me. I was heading up north to evaluate 5 adult dogs and a litter of 8 puppies.

Upon my arrival, I knew that these people had a lot more dogs than we originally thought. Pictured above is just some of the dogs that I evaluated on that day. These dogs were living in a hording, backyard breeding situation where they were being inbred. During the temperament evaluation, these dogs were so frightened of being on leash, outside and of me that all I could do was see how long it would take for me to get close enough to pet them. Some of the dogs did a low growl, others just froze while one of them for 30+ min growled, lunged and barked at me before finally completely shutting down allowing me to get close enough to pet.

The following week me plus 2 other volunteers went to assist with starting transport of the 5 adult dogs and 6 of the puppies. Yes, that’s right 6 puppies not 8. They insisted on keeping a male and female from that litter. We are not animal control so there is nothing we could do about it. We just wanted to get as many of the dogs as we could out of this situation. We were surprised after loading up the dogs and puppies when the owner asked if we would also take Maya an American Bulldog and Pete another Boxer. Of course, we said yes. Problem was we as a rescue group did not have a foster home lined up for these two. But we were not going to leave them behind. So, we packed them in the back of Kim’s vehicle and headed back to my place.

Stay Tuned for what happened when we arrived at my home….