When Dogs Deserve Better agreed to take Sheba and 026, as he was called in Arizona because they didn’t know who he was, we named him Marty and changed Sheba’s name to Princess for a new start and and better life.
Although we were fairly certain they were both part of the Devore Shepherds that ended up at OAS in June 2012, we didn’t know much more about them until we began investigating and were in contact with Debbie Skinner who told us more of their background and provided us with their early vet care records.
In passing, Debbie made a remark on the Facebook page that she wished their names weren’t changed, and we thought, isn’t that a small gift to give someone who cares so much and has worried so long about the welfare of these dogs? Out of respect for all those who loved these dogs and cared for them before sending them to OAS, we have changed their names BACK to their original names, at least until they get adopted at which point things can always change again.
So, drumroll please, the former ‘026’ who was actually Waldo/Cesar in disguise, and then named Marty by DDB, is BACK to the name Waldo. It fits him! He’s a silly boy and so loving and so brave and outgoing for all he’s been through. Seeing him run each night as far as he could in the hotel room, and waiting for him to get to run and play at the Good Newz Rehab Center, we have been blessed to be a part of his evolution to loving and caring family dog.
Neither of these dogs knew any name, but they are being called Waldo and Sheba daily by staff at the Good Newz Rehab Center, so they will quickly understand and learn that these are their names and respond to them.
If you’re interested in adopting Waldo, visit our adoption page at http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/adopt.html and submit an application. He is currently located at the Good Newz Rehab Center in Smithfield, Virginia. He is fully vetted, dog friendly, and people friendly if given a small amount of time to adjust to new faces. He will quickly become a very people friendly dog, we believe.
Sheba is back to being Sheba, and although still shy, is making progress according to our behavioral therapist Amy Hines: “The progress continues slowly, but surely for these two former OAS dogs. Waldo has FINALLY convinced Sheba that it is safe to play in front of humans. They are putting on weight and their coats are beginning to get a beautiful sheen that reflects when the sun hits their backs. Waldo is the less challenging of the two and is quite the comedian.
Sheba has not let anyone touch her yet, but today was monumental as she took treats out of three of our hands. I sat on the steps going down into the yard today to see if she would walk past me. She wanted back in because it started to snow lightly. She walked up, sat about 3 feet in front of me, looked into my eyes and gave me a playful bark as if to tell me to move my butt so she could go inside. I laughed to myself thinking that the eye contact and her willingness to communicate “her” way was a big step for her. I complied and got up from the steps.”
Between daily walks and runs in the field and time with staff and other dogs daily, we have great hopes for Waldo and Sheba and we will keep you posted.
As you can see from this photo, they are still underweight, but they are being given extra food daily until their weight stabilizes. Sheba has started to play with Waldo, and warm up to the other dogs too.
For all the updates on dogs who still need help from the OAS situation, keep up on Robert Pregulman’s Seattle Dog Spot blog. He is compiling happy ending stories and posting listings of dogs who still need help, as well as all the most current links to help them.