Our sweet foster boy Enzo is back. About a month ago we sent him to a rescue group in New Hampshire to search for his forever home but sadly, things did not work out. Enzo was failed, had a little incident and his fate was hanging by a thread again. Thankfully, we were able to save him and bring him back down to Miami.
When we sent Enzo, the rescue group assured us he’d work with their professional trainer to get all the help he needed before being adopted (he was jumpy, very hyper and didn’t know basic obedience). Sadly, Enzo was never seen by the trainer and adopted out to a family instead. His behavior escalated when the family reported Enzo was “growling at their 5 year old”. Instead of removing Enzo from the house immediately, sending a trainer over or even having a trainer call to asses the situation, the rescue did nothing. A week later, Enzo stole a plate of cookies off the table and was eating them when the grandfather came in. As he was picking the cookies up, Enzo “nipped at him”. The bite did not draw blood or require medical attention however the rescue decided it would be best to euthanize Enzo.
I couldn’t stand the thought of that and so we worked together to bring him back to Miami and into our care again. Though what Enzo did to the grandfather will never be justifiable, I could not help but feel so sad for him. Despite a written promise, Enzo never worked with the trainer– the trainer never even saw him once. When he displayed signs of aggressiveness, nothing was done. I believe the incident was completely preventable; if the signs Enzo gave had not been ignored, things would have turned out differently. The rescue has been great in all other instances and has saved dozens of MDAS dogs successfully but somehow Enzo fell through the cracks.
We’re happy we have him back but crossing our fingers we’ll find him a great home soon. He’s been nothing but wonderful since he retuned to us: no aggression, no possessiveness and no issues we’ve seen. We’ve also been working to teach him basic obedience: he knows sit, stay and lay down so far. He’s potty trained, a great leash-walker and happily shares his food bowl with Scarlett, his girlfriend 🙂 We’re not really sure what happened to Enzo up in NH but we’re hoping we’ll find the right family who gives Enzo the chance he so deserves.
We’re wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year! We’ll see ya back here soon, hopefully with good news about Enzo!