Breed: Dogue de Bordeaux
Current Location: Orange, TX
Adoption Date: April 24, 2017
Adopted by: Courtney
Courtney contacted us to adopt a DDB and was interested in Miles Davis, she has a Doberman named Optimus Prime that after a phone interview we knew would not be a good match for Miles. He was recently neutered at 12 months of age and was not a fan of intact big males and Miles Davis who will be neutered on Tuesday feels exactly the same way….So not a match.
We then informed her about Nassar and because she follows our page she knew who we were talking about. Courtney owns a very small version of the Ranch where she takes care of about 10 dogs at a time and her dogs go to work with her every day. We talked about Nassar’s energy level and how she tends to correct unbalanced dogs, which is something we are all very aware of here at the Ranch. We talked and talked and she felt like she really wanted to give it a try and maybe have a week or two of a trial run with Nassar to see if things went well.
Yesterday they drove six hours from Orange, Texas, to meet her and the minute they did I could see that they were very excited about her and already emotionally invested in her. Nassar was of course confused because the waiting room is typically where her family comes to pick her up, but this time it was strangers, she was friendly and wagged at them, and I gave her lots of kisses to help her feel more comfortable. Courtney already had tears in her eyes and said we don’t want a trial run with her we want to commit ourselves to her right now. They planned to spend the night up here in north Texas and drive her off to her new home today.
Courtney is a very strong dog owner who works with dogs day in and day out and will be a very good fit for Nassar because that’s exactly what she needs. Exercise, rules and a strong owner. Courtney has owned 2 DDB’s in the past and lost both of them way to soon. Nassar is a very healthy young DDB that I’m sure will give her years of big red bear love which she desperately is hoping for.
So off they went into the sunset easing the pain of Todd and Ali and filling the heart of Courtney. A very unselfish thing for Todd and Ali to do which is make the best decision for your entire family and your pack. It was a very difficult thing to do but I have absolutely no doubt that it was the right one.
Happy life Nassar, be a good girl, a very good girl…
Nassar Rose belongs to not only a client, but a good friend of ours. Nassar is 3 1/2 years old and lives with 3 other dogs in her home. She lives with a big St. Bernard named Bogie, a small terrier mix named Hattie and a Cattle dog named Annie.
I’m going to be brutally honest about details in this situation because I think it’s important for people to understand pack dynamics at their worst.
The first thing I need people to understand that working dogs such as Cattle Dogs, Border Collies etc…are very intelligent dogs and have a very busy mind that if not utilized can lead to some very unbalanced behavior. Annie is a Cattle Dog that is a house dog, and is what I would call a very neurotic dog. What can happen when you have a very neurotic dog is other dogs in the pack want to correct, and or eliminate that neurotic behavior which leads to a very dangerous situation.
Allie and Todd have consulted trainers, have tried working this out with asking for our help for months and months but it’s not getting better, in fact it’s getting worse. Anytime there is trigger excitement in the house, such as a doorbell ringing, a UPS truck driver pulling in or the gardener or the pool man causing excitement Annie goes off like a firecracker and Nassar is going to end it quickly and the dog fight begins.
As of this point they are living in a constant state of stress and anxiety with their pack, dividing, separating, worrying and panicking anytime something triggers excitement, and this is no way to live.
Harmony in a home is primary when it comes to your dogs and your family, and harmony is not happening here. We had a long conversation about it and the decision has been made to re home Nassar with our help here at Dog Ranch Rescue. I refuse to pass judgement on people who have tried everything they can to make a situation work, and find that it just doesn’t, and I respect someone coming and asking for help knowing that we will find a perfect place for her where everyone will be happy.
We have been caring for Nassar since she was just a pup and I know every facet of who she is, and what she needs. She’s in excellent health, she’s housebroken, she walks beautifully on a leash, she loves to swim, she loves to run, but her mom wants everyone to know that she loves snuggles on the couch, and loves Hallmark movies too.
She has a little bit of storm anxiety but nothing too bad. She’s going to be a very good girl for someone looking for a healthy young Bordeaux and as of right now we are beginning our search.
This was a very difficult decision for her family, lots of tears but our goal is to make it a happily ever after story so they will know that they did the right thing.
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