Breed: Dogue de Bordeaux
Current Location: Mineral Wells, TX
Adoption Date: March 6, 2020
Adopted by: Tawney & Rich Nodland
We introduced Bertha to her new mama today. Bertha was a challenge for ss to even get an application, nobody was willing to take a risk on a girl that needed to be sedated for any treatment she might need for her ears if there was an issue of her toenails to be cut.
Tawney & Rich Nodland from Mineral Wells, TX raised their hand and said they would love to welcome her to their home. She is being placed as a special needs dog because she needs to be sedated before vet visits and Tawny and Rich are on board for helping with her future needs. They previously adopted a special needs Boxer that is deaf and are excited to make Bertha a part of their family.
She will have two Boxers that will be her brothers, chrome and Capone and all of their pets are named with a name that starts with the letter C and Bertha’s new name will be Carma.
We are so grateful for this family who treat their dogs like their children to be willing to open their hearts and home to this big girl.
Happy life to you all
We have been waiting for this girls arrival for a couple of weeks now. She was rescued down in the valley along the border by another rescue. She has given them pause with her behavior getting in and out of a run. They follow our page and know that this is our breed and they didn’t feel comfortable hanndling an adoption for her. They loved her very much and once she is out and about loves to play ball and gets along with all other dogs but they thought it would be best if we took her into our rescue to determine what kind of a home she needs.
She was dropped off yesterday to stay with us at the Ranch, she bluff barked at Wes and he put her in a den with Travis arriving in a few minutes to meet her. This was her greeting to him and how she is doing subsequently to that.
Once again dogs that display their fear this way many times get themselves killed in a shelter because they simply don’t have the time nor the resources to work with a dog that behaves this way..
She is about 2 years old, already spayed, is great with all of the dogs but has this little hiccup of being afraid that we will work on..
Welcome to Dog Ranch Rescue Bertha
I need to take some time and explain to you who Bertha is and what Bertha needs. You saw the video of her behavior when she first arrived, growling and barking in her den, she works past that quickly by sitting on the floor and letting her come to you which she does quite quickly and in the blink of an eye she is in your lap. Bertha reminds me of a couple of Bordeaux’s we have had in the past, Gulliver, Braveheart and Desperado come to mind…
All of her issues can be worked past, she didn’t do well at Dr. Reno’s, they made friends and loved her up real good but when its time to do things to her that she doesn’t like her protest begins again. She needs ear medicine and when you start it she screams and acts like she wants to bite you, it’s all bluff but it requires lots of patience and repetitive behavior tog et her past the fact that she’s going to be okay. Bertha does great with the women here at the Ranch but she needs to be reminded every day when the men come in that she doesn’t need to bark at them and be afraid of them, once again repetition and reminders that its all good and nothing to be afraid of or startled by.
Bertha is a young dog, maybe two years old, she was found down in the valley. She needs an experienced dog home, she would benefit by other dogs in the home, she loves to play has no issues with dogs of any size and can learn by their example. She needs a confident leader, a patient leader and someone who will listen to the direction we give on how to keep Bertha moving forward to be the best dog she can be.
She is an excellent passenger in the car, I drove her home from Dr. Reno’s and she presents to you a hilarious shiny lip, loves to put her face out the window in the wind and all in all is a lovely funny sweet girl with a few quirks but tell me someone you know who doesn’t.
Jessica and I tackled the task of working on Bertha with her ear infection. She has lots of drama, lots of angst about us doing that but with two people who know what they are doing we got it done. She got lots of pill pockets when we were done and this will be repeated every day reassuring her this won’t be a bad thing and it will be okay.
Other than this issue she is a good girl, she is funny and playful and loves a hug and mostly wants to sit on your lap and have you rub her belly.
We have no applications for her and that’s a shame.
All Bertha wants from her people is lots of pets. She’s a very sweet girl. She does not do well with medicating her ears and I’m going to have Dr Reno sedate her and pack them with medication so she doesn’t have to go through this fight everyday there just isn’t a reason that she needs to endure that, the fact of the matter is she can’t cope with it and she gets worse with attempts and not better. Other than her ears this is who Bertha is and she will be a great girl for her forever family when we find them.
The downside to being up front and clear about a dog’s behavior when sharing her with the public is when you do, people pass on adopting them. Bertha is a sweet girl who doesn’t want her ears medicated or her toenails cut, but be as it may, it means that applications are non existent, and the few who had an application submitted have said no.
We will keep looking.
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