Samson is described as a misunderstood dog. He’s been at the shelter for a loooong time (since January 15, 2015), and that makes many people wonder about his suitability for adoption. Well, the shelter has kept him around because they love him. He’s a great dog in many ways.
The shelter described him as:
“Super friendly, super sweet. He’s laid back and a really good boy.”
There is a caveat there, though. Samson is NOT good around other dogs. He must be an only pet in a household, and that’s the rub. Most who look to adopt a dog or cat already have another pet. It’s much more difficult to find a home for a dog who must be the only pet. And in Samson’s case — it’s a must. MUST in capital letters, according to the shelter.
Samson arrived at the shelter dog-aggressive and that has not changed. In fact, he got into a severe dog fight while at the shelter. On the other hand, with people, Samson is great. He loves everyone he meets and has never shown an ounce of aggression towards people. After a year and three months behind bars, Samson is becoming depressed. Living life in a kennel is not a good life. Samson’s kennel does not have outdoor access, and while volunteers do take him outside each morning, it’s not much when he’s locked in his kennel at all other times. The shelter staff love Samson, and they believe that in the right home, he’d be a great companion.
There are ways to live with dogs who are dog-aggressive. You must be willing to only have one dog or animal in the household (my husband would be in heaven). You would probably need a yard with a high fence, preferably with a fence that cannot be seen through. You would have to understand that you could never walk your dog in public. But for someone who wants a loving dog who will get along with other people and be friendly to visitors, Samson would be a fabulous pet.
Recently, animal lovers were upset to learn about a dog who was failed. Nicole, a small sweet dog, was dog-aggressive and was on the kill list at a county shelter. An inexperienced dog owner wanted to save this dog and asked a local rescue to do a courtesy pull for her. The dog had been labeled as rescue-only because of the dog aggression issue. This inexperienced adopter did not take proper precautions once she had Nicole in her home and a dog fight ensued. Nicole was returned to the shelter and killed. Nicole was failed by many including the rescue that pulled her and allowed her to go to an inexperienced home, and the adopter who failed to take basic precautions with a dog who the shelter warned was not good with other dogs.
That must not happen to Samson. Samson must go to an experienced adopter or someone who fully understands that Samson must not be around other animals. Again, with people, Samson is a darling, affectionate, silly, sweet dog. He is not that way with other animals. Please share Samson’s story; he’s only four years old. There must be a home for him out there.
Samson’s thread on the Pasco County Animal Services Facebook page. He is located at Pasco County Animal Services. 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’ Lakes, FL. Their phone number is (352) 521-5194 or (727) 834-3216.
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