Breed: Doberman Pinscher
Weight: 74 lbs
Location: Anna TX
The life of dogs in the valley continues to send us stories of just how bad it can be.
I will begin this post welcoming the two Dobermans Samson and Delilah to Dog Ranch Rescue and then I will tell their story.
We were asked if we could help with these two Dobermans down there, their “owner” got them to breed them and obviously make some extra money but it turned out to be too much work and didn’t want them anymore and wanted them gone.
Delilah was obviously pregnant by the photo provided to us. It takes a little bit of time to pull together this kind of rescue. Both of them were in Mission TX which is way down near the border of Mexico. Ricky began his drive down yesterday to spend the night down there and then begin the long trek back after picking them up. Yesterday evening we got news that it was too late and Delilah had given birth to 3 puppies and a picture was sent to us with her babies dead in the dirt.
Yes, they are disturbing and yes some people will be offended but I will never not share the reality of the lives of our rescue dogs. They live it, the least we can do is look at it and acknowledge it.
We learn nothing by looking away..
Ricky rushed to pick her up at the home where she lived last night regardless of the fact that he wouldn’t be leaving with all of the dogs until this morning. She needed to be looked at, x rayed for any pups that might still be in there and have some bloodwork done. Ricky did that last night and said the poor girl was full of milk but she had no puppies left. They were all dead in the dirt yard.
Ricky let her stay overnight in the ER and then picked her up this morning and then went to the home where he picked up Samson to get him out of living this life.
Ricky also picked up 7 other dogs and will drop them to two other rescues waiting for them in San Antonio.
He is on the road now and of course we cannot thank him enough. Ricky is such a valuable asset to this rescue and has saved countless dogs single handedly with transporting all over the country.
Samson and Delilah will arrive late this evening after a long road trip but it should give all of us peace that they will never suffer again.
Dogs that come from this kind of life have absolutely no skills, they aren’t housebroken, they have no experience on how to behave with other dogs, they have little experience with humans and they have absolutely no clue on how to be a pet in a home.
Samson in a matter of a few hours would bond with any of us at the Ranch, he doesn’t care which person it is he loves them. It’s not uncommon for dogs like this who love humans to quickly develop separation anxiety and Samson is no different.
We realized right away that he had to have company in order to not freak out and try and get out of his den. Thankfully his companionship just needs to be another living being, it doesn’t have to be a human, he’s just as comforted by another dog being with him. If he’s not alone, he is good and will stay in his crate nicely. The second issue we have realized about him is his life as a macho stud dog has him to be difficult with males who have not been neutered yet or were recently neutered.
Samson needs to live with other dogs in the home that are calm, and can show him how to behave.
Dogs that have little skills with other dogs need to live with dogs that don’t have that issue, they need to live with a dog that is confident. Samson is a sweet goofy boy who only wants to be loved and have a human to call his own. He is sick with heartworms from living outside in the shanty and we will be treating him for that.
Samson is doing well at Wes’s house, he is a very sweet boy who bonds to his person, he doesn’t panic anymore when he is left but we think he could really benefit from being a home with other dogs to have as a role model and feel safe. Samson is good with other dogs and good with children but he needs someone to help him learn to be a part of the family.