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At A Glance
Rick F. & Marianne S.
"We wish the very best for Jimmy! "
"With love from Benny." -Anonymous
"With love from Lucy." -Anonymous
"With love and best wishes from Beau 14-117." -Ann M
|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:|
|Entered Foster Care||Fence||Kid Friendly||Another Dog||Cat Friendly|
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.|
Please welcome Jimmy to RAGOM! Jimmy is such a sweet boy who also answers to Jim and Jimmy as well as Jimbo, Jimmy Jammers, Mr. Jimmy, Sammy and Cinnamon (resident dogs) and “hey you!” – pretty much anything as long as he thinks he might get a treat.
We don’t know what the first 3 years of his life were like, but when he was 3, staff from a nursing home went to their local shelter looking for a dog to come live there. They found Jimmy – a sweet boy with a loving and calm personality. He spent the next 5 years of his life with free reign in the nursing home getting constant attention and LOTS of food (the people who lived must have been feeding him constantly as he is seriously overweight). Unfortunately for Jimmy, he went up to a woman with dementia and gave her the golden nudge for attention and she said that he attacked her. This was all the administrator needed to get rid of poor Jim.
Jimmy spent his first 6 days in RAGOM with my parents, who are also fosters. He came with a storm kit that had a thunder shirt, some anti-anxiety meds, and some heavier duty tranquilizers. From the information we were given, the thunder shirt and meds were only for very stormy weather, but it turns out that the anti-anxiety meds were for every day. The second day he was with them we all went out to brunch, leaving Jimmy in a large foyer that we thought had been dog proofed but it turns out it wasn’t Jimmy proofed. A storm, that was not in the forecast, came through while we were out to brunch and Jimmy panicked. A new place, new people, new dogs, no thunder shirt and probably worst of all – no drugs.
He started the hunt for a “safe place” but he never found one. The aftermath of his hunt looked like a tornado had been through my parent’s house. It was an impressive wake of wreckage that he left behind him. When my parents returned they had found Jimmy upstairs with the other dogs, calmed down and happy to see them. The storm had passed and so had his anxiety.
My parents other foster dog and Jimmy were not getting along at all so we took Jimmy in to avoid injuries. Jimmy has come a long way in the 3 weeks since coming into RAGOMs care. Besides being on a heavy dose of daily anti-anxiety medicine, he has come to trust us. A brief thunderstorm came through on Monday and instead of trying to find that safe spot he just stuck close to me panting and wanting continuous pets. What a difference! The same is true with the storm on Thursday morning, he stuck close to my husband and then as soon as it passed took a long nap.
With what we know about Jimmy at this point, he is going to need a home where someone can be with him the majority of the time until he can trust them completely. He is also going to have to have some arrangements in place on days when there is a storm forecast to make sure that he is not alone, and a backup for the days when rain comes out of the blue. Jimmy would probably love to be an only dog where he can hog all of the attention for himself. He seems to get along just fine with our older calmer or mellow dogs, but doesn’t appreciate young ones jumping around and playing near him at all. Jimmy has also ignored our cats completely. He hasn’t been around children with us, but he is such a sweetheart and so calm that I cannot imagine him having a problem with children of any age.
Contact your placement advisor if you would like to meet Jimmy. If you are looking for a constant canine companion, he might be the dog for you. He really is such a sweetie!