Enzo’s Back & Searching for Home


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.

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Saving Enzo for the 2nd time…he sat on my lap the whole way home 🙂

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.

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Waiting patiently for treats!

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.

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The Wounded Warriors Adoption Event with Enzo! Fingers crossed for the next one!

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Enzo makin’ the girls fall in love!!

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!

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16 responses to “Enzo’s Back & Searching for Home

  1. Enzo seems like such a sweetie:) I hope he finds his forever home and soon! Have a Great One:)

  2. With you helping him, I’m sure he’ll find his forever home!!

  3. I hope you realize what an amazing person you are to have brought him back to Miami. I can only count on one hand the number of people I know who would do the same. You are a true saint. Paws crossed for Enzo!

  4. Thank goodness you’re giving that handsome guy another chance. Training is SO important! Mom signed me up for classes before the ink was dry on my adoption papers, and now I am a good girl. Happy holidays and good luck!

  5. Poor sweet Enzo 😦 it makes me so sad to see a dog trying his best to communicate with us, his or her discomfort in new situations, and those signs being ignored by the very people meant to protect him! I think that Enzo is so lucky to have you, and that you understand these behaviors were simply a cry for help. Thank you for what you do. I am sure he will be back to himself in no time.

  6. I’m glad you were able to step in and save him again, it sounds like he’s on the way to a great home b/c of your help.

  7. That is sad news. I hope that Enzo finds a good home soon.

  8. I’m sorry it didn’t work out with Enzo, but I think he wants to stay with you. Have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

  9. Gee is it possible no one ever taught him “no bite”. Our dogs were all very “mouthy” when they were young. Everything in the mouth. They will also regrip when they release things after retrieving or picking something up in their mouths. We teach both “no bite” and “out”. I think it is horrible that the rescue did not do what they promised. Sadly, I do not think this is a rare thing. I know of a dog that had similar issues and was euthanized. The owner begged for help from the rescue but got none. After the second trip to the hospital for 50+ stitches, there was no other option. The rescue would not even take the dog back. So much for that no kill shelter.

  10. Merry Christmas!!!! We are sorry about Enzo… we prayed for him this morning… may the Lord Bless him with a wonderful forever home.
    In prayers,
    the collies and chuck 🙂

  11. OMD, poor Enzo. I hope the right family comes along soon. He needs a chance and you’ve been amazing in what you’re doing to help him find his forever home.

  12. One of our rescue dogs nipped me. Only once. it wasn’t worth putting him down. Rescue dogs need time and attention – but you know that anyway.

    HNY to all of you, especially Enzo.

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  14. I think he’s trying to tell you something. He likes it at your house. A lot! x

  15. I’m glad Enzo’s back with you where he will get the investment that he needs. Flo has been barking at kids and, since Elsie’s arrival, has become snarky around other dogs when they’re together. I know with the dogs she’s just looking out for Elsie but she can’t be barking at kids, it’s a complete no no. So, we’ve enlisted the help of a behaviourist. We’re meeting on Saturday. 😦

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