Gumby was the most challenging dog I've had-all five and a half pounds of him. Found in a briar bush, he resisted any and all human contact. He tried to bite, albeit with no teeth, and screamed and groaned rather than bark. Described as "very senior," he was painfully thin, appeared to have had his jaw broken, was deaf, and had limited vision. The stains on his legs suggested that he had spent a lot of time standing in substances that he should never have had to. He appeared to have some discomfort when walking, and had no muscle mass.|
It took some time before I could give him his eye drops without first muzzling and swaddling him. He spent much of his time wandering apparently aimlessly, but I think he had a plan. He liked small, tight spaces even though he often got stuck in them...which was followed by crying and screaming until he was rescued. I doubt that he had opportunities to walk and explore in his previous life. Gradually, he stopped fighting being touched and held. Occasionally he made overtures to his canine companions but couldn't quite figure out how to relate to them. At the end he would fall asleep in my arms and seek to be petted and held. I had hoped that he would one day wag his tail, but that was not to be.
I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to give Gumby a home and to love him.
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