|Established 14 February 2011|
Bull Terrier / Cattle Dog / Mixed (short coat) : : Male (neutered) : : Young : : Medium
About LUCKY -Hawaii Save - Fostered Holden,ME
LUCKY was transferred to GaDaH from a shelter in Hawaii, he arrived at the rescue after a long flight and drive on Thursday, 18th August 2022.
LUCKY is neutered, rabies, core vaccines, heartworm/tick tested negative. He is on monthly prevention, microchipped, has an estimated date of birth of 31 March 2021 and weighs 36 pounds. We have no way of knowing what the actual breed is, so it is up to people to look at the pictures and video's to make up their own mind.
The information the shelter gave me about Lucky was not completely true, failing to tell me how very nervous/shy/skittish he is. They had him on medications for anxiety, even when in a foster home and was still on them when he left Hawaii. I only found this information when I got his paperwork a few days before his flight. Lucky has not been on any medications since being at the rescue and has been adjusting well.
Lucky was here in the kennels, but despite being told he got along with the other dog we got from the same shelter, the other dog was picking on him and he wasn't eating. So, I brought him over to the house.
After being here at the rescue for 6 weeks, a wonderful volunteer family offered to foster Lucky to help him relax and settle more, with 15 dogs in the house it was something that he wasn't really able to do here at the rescue. Lucky went to his new foster family on Sunday, 2nd October 2022.
He has settled in well, he is still very jumpy and skittish at noises and sudden movements. He loves to snuggle, he loves to ride in the car, go for walks and did I mention he loves to snuggle.
Lucky enjoys running and playing with the other dogs, but only when I was there - so if any number of dogs he would be great if someone is there to make him feel safe - he needs to be socialized as much as possible to different environments, different people, different dogs to help him overcome his uncertainty and grow into the beautiful confident, happy dog that is waiting to come out.
Lucky needs a family that understands it can take up to 3 months for any dog to settle in and adjust, this poor sweet boy has been through so much - from whatever life he had before the shelter, then to a foster in Hawaii, then on a 2 day flight to the US, then to the rescue in the kennels, then in the house, then to a foster family - that is a LOT for any dog to deal with, let alone one that is skittish because of whatever trauma he has had in his life.
I must have found a four-leaf clover because I sure got lucky! I got to live in a foster home for a little while learning life skills and gearing up for my permanent family. Now I’m prepped and ready to go home with you! I’m a sweet but shy boy who’s working on my leash skills, my people skills and I’ve made enormous headway on my social skills with other dogs. In fact, I’ve earned the title of Play Group Rock Star because I help welcome new dogs to the group and love to run and play chase. I may have had a rough start but I have so much potential. I read the perfect quote the other day – ‘If you're lucky a dog will come into your life, steal your heart and change everything.’ Maybe I’m YOUR four-leaf clover?
More information, pictures and videos will be posted when all dogs are here, settled in and I have had time to get them and post.
The rescue buys food in bulk, by the truck load and there are a variety of brands and flavors. None of the food given is less than a 4* food rating. There have not been issues with eating any of the varying foods. It is important that you do your research on the ingredients and speak to your vet or a nutritionist on grain vs grain free!
You MUST understand that dogs need time to decompress and adapt to their new environment and home. It is a HUGE transition they make from the kill shelter, being vetted, on transport for 3 days and arriving in Maine where the temperature and such is very different to what they have only known. In rescue there is what is known as the "3 Point Rule" Days 1-3 your dog is stressed, anxious, confused as to where they are now. Weeks 1-3 your dog is adjusting, settling in, learning things. At the 3-month point, your dog understands they are home, and have built up a trusting relationship where they feel loved and secure.
If you feel that you have the heart and home to give this precious soul a wonderful life, please go to our website, under the ADOPTION INFO tab, complete, then submit the APPLICATION. Our process takes around 1-2 days, and ensuring your references are aware that we will be calling, could speed up the process. Once you have been approved, we discuss any questions in regards to the dog you are wanting to adopt, then we can schedule your appointment to come to the rescue in Sebec, Maine for meet/greet/adopt
Please do NOT submit an application if you are not looking to take home a new best friend within the next few weeks.
ALL Dogs are LOCATED AT THE RESCUE IN SEBEC, MAINE. We post in various states along the east coast and Canada where we have had lots of successful adoptions to enable more exposure for these beautiful saved souls. Families will need to be prepared to travel to the rescue to meet and take home their new best friend. Sebec is located just outside the towns of Dover-Foxcroft and Milo (approx. 8 miles) and approx. 45 miles from Bangor. There are also lots of hotels, motels, pet friendly accommodations and wonderful camp-sites for the more adventurous families and what a great way to get to know your new best friend.