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At A Glance
Happy Spring! So glad you are a RAGOM Rescue now! Thank you SFHS for your efforts! From RD in SD
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Declan 16-046 is a 3-year-old male Lab mix. Very little is known of Declan's past; he is one of 11 dogs seized from a neglect/hoarding case. His name is Irish and means "full of goodness." Weighing in at only 32 pounds, Declan needs to gain about 30 pounds of goodness to be where the vet says he will be healthy - around 60-65 pounds. Healthy weight will need to be put on slowly, so his exercise is limited to about a half-mile walk daily (in addition to his wrestling antics with my resident dog). Declan is being fed a very high protein/high fat/high calorie food three times a day to get best benefit from the food.
Declan passed his RAGOM wellness exam with flying colors. He is unable to be neutered until he has reached around 45 pounds. He has another round of booster vaccines scheduled this week, and I'll get a weight on him at that time, as well as his heartworm and flea/tick preventative for April. Hopefully he's put on some weight and will be able to get neutered soon.
Declan is extremely sweet and very puppy-like due to his lack of appropriate socialization. He is learning healthy boundaries with other dogs in his interactions with my mellow Golden. Declan has lots of puppy energy, and we're working on his jumping. He wants you to notice him, so he likes to be your height so that you know it! He can be shy at first, but he's becoming more confident.
Declan is fed separately and in a muffin tin, because he has to be slowed down from gulping his meals. The first few days with my resident dog were challenging, as Declan didn't want him near me or his food. He has really blossomed after the first few days and he now plays with my resident with very little growling. He is learning that he isn't in survival mode anymore and there is plenty of food and love for all dogs!
Because Declan and his friends weren't potty trained, we're still working on that. He's crated all day while I work and doesn't mess in his crate, so he is able to hold it. He's just learning that outside is where to do his business. I've added some jingle bells on the door handle to the door he goes out to go potty, and every time he rings them with his nose, we go out. Just started this yesterday and I don't think he "gets it" yet, but I believe he will soon - he's very smart.
Declan likes to spend time with me snuggled up on the couch, and he has started sleeping in bed with me, which he loves. He is quite the snuggler!
It will be a while before Declan can be adopted; he'll need to be at a healthier weight and be neutered. He needs time and money to make his recovery, and you can help! Your donation of food, or gift cards for food can help change this wonderful pup's life! Declan and the "Hoarder 11" dogs are on a diet of Purina Pro Plan Sport (30% Protein/20% fat) food. He will be in RAGOM's care for a while and all donations are appreciated.
Thank you to all that already support RAGOM. Without you, saving these 11 dogs and all the others wouldn't be possible. Follow Declan's transformation on this page, where you can expect weekly updates from me (or Declan, if he feels up to waxing poetic) - so check back often to see how he's doing and follow his adventures!