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Rally For Gus!

Gus is a sweet basset hound/corgi mix who is learning to trust again, and looking for a special family who will nurture him and give him the life he deserves.

In the spirit of election season, we are asking you to rally your support around Gus, a sweet basset hound/corgi mix who has experienced some trauma in his short life, and is learning to trust people again.

Gus has a heart of gold, the most soulful brown eyes, and a gentle spirit that deserves to be loved and nurtured. He is still a young pup at only a year old, and while shy around new people, he is a very loving and affectionate boy once he gets to know you.

We don’t know a lot about his background, but it’s apparent that Gus was not treated well in his last home. His owner surrendered him to the shelter with another dog, saying the family no longer had the means to care for them. He was thin, had scars on his back from possible burns, and was fearful of people. As such a timid pup, Gus didn’t do well in the chaotic shelter environment, so Mutts Matter was called in to help. 

After meeting Gus, we knew we had to find the right foster home to help with his rehabilitation and bring him out of his shell. Thankfully, two of our awesome foster parents, Travis and Laura, stepped up to help.

When Travis came to pick up Gus, he was shut down; he was shaking, wouldn’t walk, and was so scared that he had to be carried to and from the car. He was unsure of who these new people were and what was happening to him.

When they arrived home, Gus met the rest of his new pack: Bubba and Ruckus, two pit-mix pups who he warmed up to right away, and the family cat, “Little Kitty.” (Click here for a video of Gus and the pups)

Gus was initially shy around Travis and Laura, and stayed on the landing or hid behind the couch, cautiously watching his new family. They gave Gus his space, while Bubba and Ruckus helped him feel secure and showed him the ropes. He quickly found a protector in Ruckus, and Bubba became his source of comfort and consolation. Gus is still a bit frightened of Little Kitty, who rules the roost, but he’s getting more confident every day.

Now that he’s had some time to settle in, his tail wags constantly and he follows Travis everywhere. He’s always raring to go when it’s time for a walk, and he loves to romp and play in the yard with his pack. When he’s not snuggled up next to Bubba or Ruckus on a dog bed, he finds comfort cuddling with his foster parents on the couch.  

Gus is learning to assert himself too. When Laura brought out a bunch of toys for all three dogs to play with, Gus patiently and quietly gathered up every one of them and stowed them away safely in his crate. He’ll take them out one by one to chew on and play with, and naps with them surrounding his body. These are probably the first toys that sweet little Gus has ever had, and he really appreciates them. He’s also learning how to be a dog, and what it’s like to feel safe and be part of a family.

In less than three weeks, Gus has come such a long way. He walks great on a leash now and has learned how to sit in his defined spot to wait for his food. He’s starting to let his family know when he needs to go out, and has had very few accidents. He is a very respectful pup in the home, always waiting to be invited on the couch or into bed, and wants to play by the rules.

Travis says Gus is a very smart dog.  "Once he understands what you want, he goes with it, and wants to please you and be part of the pack,” he said.

Despite what he’s been through, Gus is such a sweet and gentle dog who doesn’t have an aggressive bone in his body, and will be great companion pup for the right family.

He needs a loving and patient family who will continue his rehabilitation, and understands that he will need some time and space to settle in and trust his new surroundings. He needs a calm and stable home, regular exercise, and he does best when he’s on a routine. Another dog in the home is a MUST – Gus feels most secure when he’s around other dogs, and they help him build his confidence.

To learn more about Gus, go to the Mutts Matter Adoption Page and fill out an application, or you can contact Suzanne at suzanne@muttsmatterrescue.com.

Follow Mutts Matter on Facebook to learn more about us and see new pups coming into the rescue!

Mutts Matter Rescue November 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Deborah this is what we do as a rescue and all of our dogs are fully vetted before they go into foster...even after the shelter's vet has examined them. Please know that Gus has had thorough medical attention, is in great health, and is romping and playing daily with his canine pals. Mutts Matter has rescued over 850 dogs in the last 2.5 years, so we've dealt with many cases like this and some far worse. Gus is 100% capable of making a great transition from foster into a permanent loving home. Our foster families open their heart and homes to these pups and help them transition to family life…that's the whole point of fostering and rescue.
Deborah Kelly November 08, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Thank you but I was trying to also point out that the abuser or abusers needs/need to be held accountable. The ASPCA has investigation and prosecution teams that handle these cases on a daily basis. I'm so glad Gus is doing fine but I'd like to know the abuser has been held accountable and is not out there abusing more animals and/or people.
Mike Mertz November 08, 2012 at 05:11 PM
We want to meet gus! Just sent an email...
jody November 08, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Would also love to meet gus!
Mutts Matter Rescue November 09, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Hey Jody. That's great! You can apply directly at the link below, or if you have questions, shoot me an email. http://www.muttsmatterrescue.com/adoption_app.html

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