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Homeless pets aren't few and far between. Every year 6.5 million homeless pets are taken into animal shelters in the United States. Some are adopted quickly; others are not so lucky.
Whiskey and Tango are two beautiful Mastiffs who know what it's like to be homeless. The dynamic duo are not only best friends but are bonded brothers. They love each other so much that they never want to be apart. They do everything together, from eating to sleeping to playing.
Whiskey and Tango deeply bonded because they have been through so much together. From being abandoned in a backyard to their rescue and arrival at the animal shelter, they are always by each other's side.
As you know, Mastiffs aren't small dogs, and these three-year-olds are big, very affectionate, and love other dogs (just not small). They are housetrained and will do anything for a treat. They are sweet, great at slobbering, and ready to find a forever home together.
These two beautiful dogs have had a rough life, and living at an animal shelter is never easy. But, back in June, the most amazing family came and adopted them both. Whiskey and Tango were going to live on a 150-acre farm with a family who loved them.
It seemed to be a match made in heaven. But sometimes, rescued pets don't always have a complete history of where they would fit best. Sometimes families don't learn about a behavior until the pet is home.
Whiskey and Tango are amazing dogs, but living on the farm brought out their prey drive. This isn't uncommon in Mastiffs, but it wasn't something we could know about them until they were there.
What is prey drive? Prey drive involves five behaviors: searching, stalking, chasing, biting to grab, and biting to kill. It is driven by instinct. A strong prey drive in dogs can be a problem if it means your dog chases anything that moves. While this can be fun when you're up for a game of fetch, it's not such a good time when you're out for a walk and your pup tries to tear after every squirrel, rabbit, or cat that wanders into his peripheral vision.
As you can imagine, many small animals are on a farm, and the Mastiffs were doing what was innate to them. The family was heartbroken because as much as they loved Whiskey and Tango, they knew farm life wasn't the ideal home for them. So they brought them back to the shelter so the dogs could find a perfect home.
Animal rescue is an imperfect science, but shelters will always do their best for every animal who comes through their doors.
Whiskey and Tango loved having a home of their own. But since being brought back to the animal shelter, they have been sad and confused.
This is where Scott's animal rescue work thrives. He loves thinking outside the box to help shelter dogs cheer up but also promotes homeless pets in a unique way that shares their story with the world.
His end goal is always the same: getting the homeless pet adopted by a loving family.
Last week, Scott did it again. He decided to give Whiskey and Tango a day to remember. So he rented a limousine and hit the town, pampering the lovable duo with treats, gifts, and affection.
Their first stop was Westlake Ace Hardware in Westport. Once again, Westlake has been generous and gifted Whiskey and Tango with a shopping spree. Of course, the rule on these shopping sprees is that whatever they sniff, they get. And boy, did they get some goodies. So whoever adopts them will come well stocked with all the supplies they need!
The next stop was Dubdog Designs, where Whiskey and Tango received a makeover. The owner, Linda Brown, found out they have never had a collar or leash. So she spoiled them with a brand new look. Not only did they get their collar and leash, but they also left looking dapper with bow ties!
And the last stop was McDonald's. Now, this isn't something we recommend doing all the time. But since this was an extra special treat day, Scott took them to get a special treat of cheeseburgers and doggy ice cream.
It was a day to remember for Whiskey and Tango and everyone involved. They got spoiled for a few hours and forgot they were homeless. And their story got told through social posts that have been shared over 400 times.
And before we end, we would like to give big thank you's to: