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Entered: 02/09/2019
Status: Rainbow Bridge
Age: 3
Color: Liver/White
Weight: 50 lbs.
Gender: Altered Female
Location: Mastic, NY
Health: UTD, HW-, treatment for ear, urinary tract, and skin infections completed, receiving anti-anxiety medication
Temperament: Not suitable for adoption

Kendal's Story . . .

Update 04/24/2019:  “Her foster mom tried to integrate her into a loving household but found that Kendal’s behavior took a turn for the worse.”

After careful observation and interventions to improve Kendal’s health and attitude, it sadly became apparent that she was unable to let go of her anxieties. Her foster mom tried to integrate her into a loving household, yet Kendal’s behavior took a turn for the worse. The difficult decision was made to allow her to cross the bridge.

Be free and happy, Kendal!

Original: “After her trauma of being homeless on the streets and being at the shelter, Kendal is learning to trust again.”

With a totally unknown background, Kendal was picked up as a stray and taken to a New Jersey shelter where she was very stressed out.  An experienced MAESSR foster parent pulled her from the shelter and Kendal began her life as a MAESSR girl.

After her trauma of being homeless on the streets and being at the shelter, Kendal is learning to trust again.  Although she is struggling, she is slowly progressing and adjusting to her new environment.  Out of fear, she initially snapped at her foster mom’s resident “tester dog” and her foster mom knew Kendal could not just be placed into her multiple dog and cat pack.  After Kendal’s stress level decreases and she is trustworthy, she will be introduced to the pack

Kendal is housetrained and will bark and cry when she needs to go out.  She is not crated within her room.  For exercise, she plays with her foster mom in the back yard where she loves fallen tree branches.  She is taken for walks but this strong girl pulls hard on the leash. She knows basic commands such as “sit” and “down” and loves giving paw. 

During the day when her foster family is at work, Kendal chews on nylabones and plays with them.  She does no inappropriate chewing and has no destructive tendencies; she’s been a perfect house guest. She does whine when she wants attention, though.  When it is meal time, Kendal likes her foster mom to sit with her while she eats and will wait for her before she will eat her meal.

Petrified at her first vet visit, Kendal had to be restrained by her foster mom so that a blood sample could be drawn.  Kendal didn’t protest this restraint and did not snap at her mom when released.  Good girl, Kendal!  The vet found that she had a urinary tract infection plus ear and skin infections.  So, the proper meds were prescribed and the treatments have been successfully completed.  The vet thought that Kendal would benefit from anti-anxiety medication and melatonin, both helping her to adjust to her new environment.

Watch for more on Kendal.  She needs time to realize she is in a safe place and no one will harm her.   She is a sweet dog who needs to learn to trust.