Feral to Fabulous is an ongoing blog series about the feral dogs No Kill Kern captures and rehabilitates.
Shaggy was found running stray in Bakersfield, CA. He was stinky, playful and yet very apprehensive about trusting us. We tried the dog trap, we tried to free hand catch him, nothing worked. Finally Valerie went to get a tennis ball from her car and while the door was open he jumped in and basically rescued himself.
And that was the beginning of what would be a months long battle with Shaggy, it was his way or no way at all for so long that he learned to live by his own rules and to use his mouth to get what he wanted.
Shaggy was also very sick and required medication that I had to administer daily for months. His hair was matted, he was in pain, his fur was full of scabs and he didn't want to have anything to do with me. Battle after battle, day after day and I felt like we were getting no where. Suddenly, just as he decided to rescue himself, he decided we would be best friends. I'll never forget when he jumped onto my lap unexpectedly, wanting to be pet but still glairing at me warning that if I didn't do it just right he would try to bite me.
My little Shag-Pie was selected to be in a handful of dogs worked with by Cesar Millan for a training seminar. He spent 5 days surrounded by some of the best trainers in the world and he won over each and every one of them as he had won over me.
Piece by piece, we worked together, with mutual love and respect until one day he was ready to leave my care. Shaggy went to a new foster with children and did amazing. He was a far cry from the wild dog we had saved just a few months before and was ready for the next chapter of his life to begin.
Shaggy meet an amazing couple with a dog just his size. He went to live out his days with them and we couldn't be happier to see him with such a wonderful home.