“What’s a poxer?” This was the first question I had when I saw a picture of this handsome young man on the ATTT website. Even before I found out the answer, I saw something special in his chestnut brown eyes. After careful consideration and a meet and greet, Boomer joined my family on July 17, 2016, and became a brother to our pug and puggle. Although not rescued from a puppy mill, the trauma and abuse Boomer endured during the first three and a half years of life left him with extreme anxiety and fear aggression. Our first walk ended after five minutes during which he barked, growled, and lunged at every person, dog, and vehicle that we passed. Little did Boomer know that he had met someone more stubborn than him, but it was going to take a lot of patience to get past his past.
Fortunately, I belong to a dog club with some amazing trainers who agreed to help Boomer. They worked wonders with him and with me, too. Before long, Boomer had mastered beginner’s obedience training (he is such an intelligent and observant dog), and we began working on behavior issues. He’s made some great strides, including being able to walk around the neighborhood without reacting as he previously had done. He’s also shown so much compassion, something that was not given to him in his early life. If I’m upset, he lays beside me. He lets me cuddle him and kiss him, and he sleeps by my side every night. I tell him every day that he is home now, and there’s nothing that’s going to change that. I think he knows. We still have issues to work on, but I’ve promised him that I will help him become what he can be, not what I or anyone else may think he should be. That’s one thing Boomer has taught me. Rescues don’t come with a blank page or a preconceived ending, but we can turn the page for them and help them begin a new chapter – one filled with happiness and love.
I am so grateful for ATTT for all that you do, for your continued support, and for not giving up on this handsome guy, as so many had done in the past.