I’m sorry Earl

No rescues or fosters came forward for Earl. This isn’t a surpise, since he was so difficult to place. He needed a bully breed rescue who understands this breed, but, unfortunately demands on those rescues were too high, and they had no room for a dog as demanding as Earl.

We’re sorry Earl. We tried. You deserved better.

Earl is a laid back guy who is intimidating in the kennel but a complete sweetie pie outside of it. After months in the shelter, he has barrier frustration, but that vanishes after a few hours out of the shelter.

When he bonds with a volunteer, Earl seems to become protective and will put his body between his handler and strangers and even growl. This behavior is troubling, and it suggests that Earl will need an experienced handler who can physically control him and work on his behavior issues.

He has played well with other dogs, but the behaviorist believes he will always be unpredictable with other dogs.

Alachua County Animal Services doesn’t euthanize healthy, well-adjusted dogs, but even easy-going dogs get frustrated and develop problem behavior with months of confinement.

Earl was so grateful for some time out of the shelter. He did so well on an outing. He doesn’t pull on the leash and he wasn’t reactive to other dogs. He’s really a lazy, easy-going guy.

He is so easy to take out. He was great for his bath, calm in the car, and relaxed while we had our lunch. He only begged a little for carrot and celery sticks, which he crunched happily when we gave in and gave them to him.

We could feel how grateful he was for a chance to get out. He is such a good boy, and was probably someone’s loved pet, but he’s in a bad situation now. His increasing barrier aggression makes it less and less likely that someone will adopt him, and it makes it increasingly problematic to keep him at the shelter.

It is cruel to keep a dog who is experiencing severe stress in the kennel locked up, day after day, week after week, month after month. Unless someone does something, Animal Services will have to act. They only have one option.

Do you think he deserves a chance? If you can’t foster or adopt Earl, consider taking him out. Time in the play yard at the shelter or an outing does him so much good. His barrier frustration vanished after only a few hours out.

It can be easy to overlook a dog that looks like Earl. We know he can be intimidating. But if you get to know him, you’ll love him like we do. Give him a shot. He deserves it.

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