I’m pleased to introduce a new feature on my blog. Linda’s Dog Tales will appear bi-weekly, each post featuring a dog who is up for adoption at the Humane Society of Sedona. Today’s featured dog is:
Kane is a 6+ year old Argentine Dogo mix. He is a large, white, neutered male who has been at the Humane Society of Sedona since October 2016.
Kane’s story is a sad one. He came to the shelter in Sedona from MSCO Animal Safe Haven (MASH) in Phoenix where he lived for six+ years. As a puppy, he was a victim in a cruelty case and, once that case was settled, he remained in the shelter … a converted jail where dogs live in cells with the lights on 24/7. Kane was put up for adoption and considered a good candidate, however, due to budgetary and other constraints, MASH did not have the resources to promote him. As a result, he languished in the shelter for over six years, waiting for someone to give him a chance.
But, now, he has a second chance here in Sedona and I am hoping this post will help to find him his furr-ever home. No dog ever needed or deserved one more than Kane.
First, let’s talk about his breed. The Argentine Dogo (also known as the Argentine Mastiff) was first bred in 1928 in Argentina (duh!) for the purpose of big game hunting. But, today, these intelligent dogs are trained as search and rescue dogs, police service dogs, guide dogs for the blind, obedience dogs, and they also work in the military, protecting and serving our men and women in uniform.
Physically, the Dogo is a large, white, short-coated dog with a muscular and strong body. But like the Dalmation and the White Boxer, the Dogo frequently is inflicted with pigment-related deafness. Such is the case with Kane.
But don’t get all out of whack when you hear he’s deaf. Just like with children born with congenital hearing anomalies, there are ways to work with deaf dogs. I know this personally as I have one at home who, in addition, is blind.
Hand signal training and vibration collars (not shock, just vibration) are just a couple of resources that could be used to help Kane become a beloved member of your family. The following website lists multiple resources on deaf dogs, from the initial etiology to training strategies. (http://www.deafwebsites.com/dog-deafness.html). And, if you are interested in bringing this sweet boy home, either to foster or adopt, it is recommended that you do some research first to determine if you have the heart and mindset to work with this boy.
Liz Olson, Volunteer and Events Manager at the shelter, says of Kane, “…my heart breaks for this amazing guy. He’s such a sweet dog despite his life in shelters up to this point.”
It is not known, on an individual basis, how Kane might react with another dog, so a ‘meet and greet’ at the shelter is highly recommended. Kane is not good with cats and, because of his size and special needs, it is recommended that any children in the household be in their teens. Kane is on special this month (January) with an adoption fee of only $35.00.
Won’t you please come by the shelter and meet him? Or, if you’re not able to adopt or foster yourself, please share this post. We want to find this special boy a loving home … something every dog deserves.
ADOPT AND SAVE A LIFE!
Humane Society of Sedona
2115 Shelby Drive
Sedona, Arizona 86336