So what kind of temperament could we expect from a dog in such dire straits? His foster Mom describes him as a "cream
puff", a term she reserves for the most gentle, sweet and laid back dogs. Well, right now he is a "stinky" creampuff.
Tigger is a tad bit shy if a stranger approaches him too quickly and tries to pet and hug him right away. Tigger just needs a
moment to sniff them and then he craves his new friend's attention. He enjoys being petted and is very affectionate. He likes to snuggle
and enjoys being hugged and kissed. (and YES, his foster Mom hugs and kisses him even though he stinks!) Tigger will listen to every word you have to say and will not give away any of your secrets. He loves to play. Tigger has not
displayed any resource guarding. He takes treats gently. Both adults and children in his foster family can handle his food, toys and chew treats.
Tigger does not have any problems being led by the collar. He loves to go for car rides and is a well behaved passenger.
Tigger has not chewed any household items when left alone.
He likes his crate and will go in the crate periodically throughout the day. He chooses to sleep in the crate at night. Tigger
knows basic commands and is learning new commands daily. He walks nice on leash. Tigger scratches at the door when
he has to go out. So, at some point someone must have house trained him. Tigger is very vocal, sounding a warning whenever he
hears a strange noise. Tigger is up to date on shots and is Heartworm and Lyme negative. He was very well behaved during the vet exam. We ran a full set of blood tests and all is well.
Tigger is truly a treasure, it's hard to believe anyone could have been so cruel to him.
We do not know how old Tigger might be, we can only guess. We are trying to contact the landlord and the neighbors to see if they have any idea of when and/or where this lovely dog was obtained.
Tigger cannot be neutered until he has gained considerable weight. He needs muscle and body fat to be able to process the anesthesia from his body. His neck wound and the cysts and scar tissue will need to be addressed as well. We will probably have to take care of the neck first as at this point he could not wear an E-collar if needed to keep him from licking his neuter incision.
As soon as I have the information on where (town) Tigger lived, I'll post it. We need your help to figure out what Tigger's real name may have been, how old he may be and perhaps even where the former owners obtained him!