Pet Update: “very angry” dog is actually a sweetheart!
We are pleased to say that the unhappy clothed dog found in a Bellevue park whose photo went viral last week is no longer “very angry.” Upon arriving at our shelter, the Jack Russell Terrier-Chihuahua mix was soon greeted by Emily Ruppert, one of our amazing animal control technicians who conducted a behavior assessment exam.
Realizing Robin – as Emily calls him since he was found at Robinswood Park – was a little snappy when he first arrived, she wrapped the three-year-old dog up in a blanket and held him until he began to calm down.
“I was able to remove the blanket and remove his clothes at that point and just got him more comfortable with me. And then I just went in with treats every day for a couple of days, every couple of hours I would go in and hang out with him and then eventually it got the point where he just wanted to hang out with me all the time, so it was good,” says Emily.
In addition to playing with him, Emily also took it upon herself to ensure the dog was well familiarized with the rest of the staff by carrying him around the shelter and having him sniff others that would be interacting with him on a daily basis. Robin has been taken to our Eastside Pet Adoption Center at Kirkland Petco and is available for adoption.
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