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Rescue Dog Carmelo Experiences New Things After Living on a Chain

by Scott Poore on June 02, 2021
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Meet Canelo, now known as Carmelo. He's a beautiful seven-year-old Akita Mix that spent his entire life on a chain.

Carmelo has every reason in the world to hate humans, but he doesn't. He refuses to let his past define him. He loves when people show him love and affection. And just imagine how much he loves a good belly rub. After never having one, he's definitely enjoying them.

Everything is brand new to him.

Since he has lived his whole life on a chain outdoors, the indoors is a little overwhelming. He hesitates to sleep on his bed because he has never had one.

I promised to find him the perfect forever home. SCOTT POORE

 

First Time in a House

Being at the animal shelter is helping him learn to adapt to being inside. But Scott decided to take it a step further and bring Carmelo home for a day. It was his first time entering a home. Scott's goal was to show him everything he will see in his future loving home. He was obsessed with the television and scared to death of the stairs. It took about 30 minutes of coaxing to get him up the stairs and another 30 minutes to get him down.

Overall, Carmelo did really well and loved his new experience.

 

First Time with Treats

Can you imagine being given a treat and being wary of it? That was Carmelo the first time he was given a treat. Some dogs are spoiled with extra treats by their owners, but not Carmelo. He loves them but still is hesitant when given one. Give it some more time, and he will be begging for them!

 

Canelo and Scott
Canelo Eating Ice Cream

 

First Time with Toys

Toys are something else he has never seen. When Scott filled his kennel with toys, he had no idea what he was supposed to do. So Scott showed him.

Carmelo now loves his tennis ball so much, but he has difficulty keeping it in his mouth. You see, he has quite a few teeth missing. I thought it was because the animal shelter removed any rotting teeth he had when he arrived. But guess what, they didn't. This means that his life on-chain was the cause of his missing teeth.

You see, when dogs are forced to live on a chain their entire life, they are constantly grinding their teeth on the chain to escape. This causes some teeth to fall out, and others just grind down to the tooth's base.

Canelo playing with tennis ball

 

First Time Shopping

An essential part of helping dogs like Carmelo is helping build their confidence. One way Scott likes to do that is by helping them look more adoptable with dog accessories.

Last week Scott took Carmelo to Dubdog Designs to get his very first leash and collar. Although he's never had one, the smile on his face showed the world how much he loves his new look.

You see, when dogs are forced to live on a chain their entire life, they are constantly grinding their teeth on the chain to escape. This causes some teeth to fall out, and others just grind down to the tooth's base.

Canelo and Scott shopping for new collar
Canelo in new bandana

 

Let's Find Carmelo His Forever Home

Dogs don't get to choose their owners, and that couldn't be more obvious with Carmelo. He lost the first half of his life, and there's nothing we can do about that, but his future is in our hands now. And he has finally been cleared for adoption!

I promised him I would do everything I can to help him find a forever loving home that will dote on him the way he deserves. Carmelo currently resides at Great Plains SPCA. If you would love to meet this handsome dog, please contact them to schedule.
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