We don’t know much about Hunter because he was busted about the shelter. Thankfully, foster mom Lisa (and owner of two CalWEAR dogs) and husband Nathan have been taking GREAT care of him. Below are Lisa’s notes about Hunter:
Foster Mom’s Journal Entry, Day # 1:
Hunter just got a nice bath and large meal and is already showing a bit of his personality. He reminds me of an old alpha lion…big dude, a few battle scars, was probably a total stud in his prime but now a little flabby and ready to just chill out and be loved.
He is super sweet and is already following Nathan and I around. He does this heart-melting gentle resting of his head on your appendages that’s absolutely killing me already!!! He LOVES toys. He’s pulled a few toys out of our bin on our patio to “hang out” with and the shelter folks said he stole another dog’s toy when he arrived. Shelter said he’s aggressive with other dogs but we haven’t seen one sign of that yet.
I took our other two dogs, Gracie and Pepper (both CalWEAR rescues) for a quick bike ride before we introduced them to Hunter then had them meet on neutral ground and he was excited to meet them. He acted very nervous when he first saw them but we took it slow and he was fine. Gracie and Pepper are completely fine with him so far, we’ll see how things go as the day progresses.
As I mentioned in my earlier email, apparently this isn’t his first shelter visit so seems like he may’ve had a rough past. He’s got crusty elbows from the concrete (and maybe fungal infection) and he had quite a few scars. They are mostly on his right side so I wonder if he had an accident if some sort.
Foster Mom’s Journal Entry, Day # 10:
We are currently fostering Mr. Hunter in Escondido (about 30 mins North of San Diego) and my husband is at home all day so we can arrange a meeting pretty much any time if interested. Shelter puts him at about 8 years old. So far he’s been a very sweet boy and is slowly integrating into our little two-dog CalWEAR alum pack (a 3 year old female, Gracie, & 2-ish year old male, Pepper). I wouldn’t call him super dominant but he definitely asserts himself with the other two. It’s the first time I’ve actually seen Ms. Gracie defer to another dog :)! He is also VERY velcro with my husband and I (but lessening) so appears to need his humans.
He’s been doing a lot of sleeping but is getting more and more sassy as the days progress. He LOVES to fetch, play, and just sniff around. The three of them love hunting frogs and toads in our yard. He’s is a huge love bug and rests his little chin on human appendages every chance he gets.
Here’s the nitty gritty of his condition:
– He has had intermittent swelling on his right hind leg which was documented in his shelter records but it appears to be pretty much non-existent the last few days since he’s been running around at our house with the pack and getting lots of exercise. Hopefully this was just caused by sitting in the shelter for a month and is a non-issue.
– He has a pretty banged up lower right canine tooth and another tooth (not sure which one) that was also recorded in his shelter records as recommended for extraction.
– Hairless pressure sores on pretty much all of his joints…again, should heal quickly now that he’s not on concrete 24/7
– A few old scars on his right side – one on his rib cage area & one on his hind right leg
– He’s a bit overweight and definitely lacking in muscle tone. His hind end is quite weak but it doesn’t appear to be hurting him. He also tires pretty quickly but likely because he’s out of shape.
– Shelter vet noted some haziness in his eyes (lenticular sclerosis) but I don’t see it :).
– He’s got a little growth on one of his nipples
– Shelter tagged him as being aggressive with other dogs…not seeing that one either but could see that he would naturally want to be more dominant with other dogs
– Shelter did a blood test & heart worm test which was all clear
I took him to the vet last night and discussed all of the above and she pretty much gave him the all clear in terms of his health. She agrees that his canine tooth should be extracted and gave me a quote which can be shared. She was slightly concerned about the hind leg swelling but is happy that we haven’t seen it happening consistently but did note that, if it starts to crop up again, it would need additional diagnostics which could get tricky. With respect to the tiring easily, she agrees it’s probably due to his current weight/condition and hopefully will resolve as he gets healthier but it’s another factor that needs to be monitored to ensure no underlying issue. He weighed in at 80 pounds and was the most calm dog in the place! He was falling asleep in the waiting room while we waited for the vet to arrive and just chilled out on the floor while we chatted.
JANUARY 2020 UPDATE FROM FOSTER MOM:
Hunter would ideally be the only dog in the household or likely OK with another dog(s) with a very supervised, controlled introduction period. What we found out quickly when we busted him from the shelter is that he has some resource aggression and is not the most socialized dog so he’s been in some spats with our two other Weims. It seems to be food/high value treat related so as long as you’re not putting him in situations where he’s competing with another dog for a toy/treat he’s OK. We haven’t worked much with him around other dogs outside of our two at home but he does shown some signs of aggression when he comes across another dog in public/on walks so he’s not a dog you can just take to a dog park and let him run free without incident. I think it can be controlled with training/knowledge of his physical reactions to avoid any altercations but something that will need attention. After four months as our foster pup, he’s finally integrating with our two as a pack but he’s also supervised almost 100% of the time. I get the sense he’s just never been properly socialized.
With respect to his heath, he’s had the all clear from my vet with the exception of some teeth recommended for extraction but CalWEAR will cover the cost of his dental work. Also, his hind end is a bit weak/atrophied which seems to be from a prior injury that wasn’t in his records. When he came to us he had almost no muscle in his hind legs but that’s improved a ton. I actually took him to my dog chiropractor last week and he said he had some scar tissue around his hips/SI joints and he thinks continued chiropractic would help him recover even better than he already is and didn’t seem overly concerned. He’s been on several walks and hikes with us and does better each time :)! He’s not crate trained.
He is a HUGE people dog and very much a velcro Weim. He is never more than a foot away from me when I’m home and, if given the opportunity, would love to snuggle with his humans in bed. He also loves to fetch and generally have a toy in his mouth every chance he gets. He walks beautifully on the leash, knows several commands, and falls asleep when getting his nails trimmed or dremeled.
I created a Google Photos album with some additional photos and video you can check out in the meantime here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9gNTbV2eapiJuc5B9.
Hunter is neutered and up to date on his vaccinations. Please contact us if you’d like to meet him! Hunter is currently located in Escondido, CA.