Here I am once again asking for your help. I know you have heard that line from me many times, and it’s usually in reference to a dog that has been forgotten about sitting in a shelter WAY too long. This is yet another heart-breaker, and his name is Zeus. Let me start off this introduction of Zeus by stating that he is available to A VERY EXPERIENCED ADOPTER OR RESCUE ONLY!
Zeus has been dealt a pretty bad hand in his life, now a resident of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter for over a year and a half. This boy is almost 8-years-old and no dog should spend their golden years living in a shelter! Zeus has waited long enough and he’s not having an easy time with Shelter life; as I have mentioned to you many times, not all dogs handle the stress of living in a shelter kennel very well.
Not surprisingly, most dogs aren’t getting excited about being put into a kennel. Who would be? A recent study has actually shown that keeping dogs locked up isn’t just uncomfortable, but it can literally drive them crazy. The study notes, “some dogs may find isolation from humans particularly aversive, hence affecting their reactions both to being left in a kennel and to be taking to a Veterinarian…” for those of you that are interested you can read the complete study here:
This study shows that for the thousands of dogs kept in kennels for so many hours a day, the effects of isolation are profound. This is known as kennel stress, or as the study indicates, “kennel crazy”. Some of the symptoms are listed as aggressive or compulsive behavior, chewing incessantly, jumping and pulling when on a leash, depression, lethargy, lack of appetite and even self mutilation. Sadly, this can render a dog unadoptable; this very reason is why dogs like Zeus truly needs our help!
Zeus is a great dog, an extremely stunningly handsome Rottweiler, with beautiful white eyelashes. Zeus arrived at the shelter back in June of 2016. He came in as an owner surrender after a bite occurred during a vet visit. While I do not know all of the information about the occurrence, I know that Zeus can not be to blame; a small incident that could have and should have been under control of a proper owner has left Zeus with an unnecessary label.
I spoke at length with Zeus’s shelter buddy who has been working with him since the day he was surrendered to the shelter. She told me that he is super smart and responds well to training, she says the key to a good relationship with Zeus is that he needs to respect you as the leader. Once Zeus bonds with someone, he’s eager to please and learn new things. Zeus is not alone, there are many dog breeds out there that have that same requirements. In the time he’s been at the shelter, his buddy has taught him many new commands. Zeus has never bitten her or any of his other shelter buddies.
Since Zeus was an owner surrender there is lots of information available about him. Zeus was originally purchased by his owner as a puppy from a breeder, and lived in the same home his entire life. Sadly, Zeus spent his days in a yard, and most of his nights tied up outside. This is NO way for a family member to be treated, and poor Zeus was treated this way for such a long time!
Zeus is house trained and crate trained, Zeus’s volunteers buddies are obsessed with him and have some pretty remarkable things to say about him too: Zeus knows the commands “sit”, “down”, “heel”, “climb”, “touch”, “watch me”, “leave it” and “out”. Zeus enjoys playing ball in the yard with volunteers, and is calm and friendly with people. He is also calm and mellow around other dogs.
He’s people friendly as long as they respect his boundaries. He’s not a dog that enjoys being hugged and excessively pet and truthfully, I think he bit out of fear when he was overly aroused, as he did at the Vet’s office. I have been told by his dedicated shelter buddy that she feels the same, and that if Zeus feels crowded or like a person is invading his space he reacts, but with a warning. His posture stiffens when he’s uncomfortable, and he also growls. All normal for a Rottweiler and many other breeds. If a dog is telling you that he’s uncomfortable with something, he will warn you.
Keeping all that I have learned about Zeus in mind, Zeus will need a very strong leader familiar with his breed. He needs a Rottie experienced adult home with a savvy owner who will be committed to maintain training with him. No children. A home with a fenced in yard would be great, he loves playing outside, and chasing balls.
If you’re interested in this handsome boy go down down to the shelter. Don’t hesitate because this handsome boy really needs out now! I beg of you, if you are not in a position to adopt or foster that you share Zeus’s story with everyone you know.
This boy did not deserve to be surrendered, he does not deserve to sit in a kennel for 23 hours a day like jail. He needs a loving home and family where he can enjoy his golden years.
Head over to Zeus’s Facebook page, if you have facebook, like and share it with everyone you know, like and share this post too! https://m.facebook.com/comeseezeus/ Let’s make this happen people, together, we can do this! SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Sharing is caring, sharing is key when it comes to rescuing a dog, and sharing can make a HUGE impact on Zeus’s life!
To all my Rescue friends and connections, I implore you to help me network this boy as well. I know there are some Rottie experienced fosters and rescues out there that can get this boy out of the shelter and in to home maybe faster than even the shelter can.
Please, do not pass over a dog for adoption because of a label! The majority of the time the label belongs to the careless owner.
Town of Hempstead Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave