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Mr Finnbar is an amazingly sweet boy, especially considering that his life before RAGOM was not good. He came from a neglect situation with 10 other dogs. He is 4 years old and very underweight. His energy is high considering his depleted state of health. To help his digestive system adjust to a normal amount of food he is eating 3 small meals a day from a muffin tin to keep him from inhaling it too quickly. Since he has been deprived of food, I am careful to keep it out of reach and feed him away from my other dogs. It may take a long time (if ever) before he can be trusted not to steal food.
He has been in my home for eight days and has adjusted really quickly. The first day he was all over the place investigating EVERYTHING! He is still easily startled by loud noises, but is getting along really well with my resident dogs. He and my resident boy have played together until they were both exhausted.
He brings a new meaning to "counter surfer" he has leaped on to my dining room table multiple times, and there wasn't even any food there. He was just curious about what was up there! I crate him when I am not at home and confine him to my bedroom with a baby gate at night. He is pretty good about doing his business outside, but still has a slip now and then.
He needs to be neutered and to have a broken tooth pulled, so will not be available for adoption until that is done. He also has a condition called "happy tail". He has beat his tail against hard surfaces enough to split the end. It was bandaged when he came to me and has been re-bandaged for a while longer. The vet said that sometimes the end of the tail has to be amputated as it is continually re-injured by a wildly wagging boy.
Finn is full of energy and love. Since he came to me he has eaten an 18 lb bag of food and his ribs are no longer as visible as they were. I am continuing to give him small meals 3 times a day and he has had no digestive problems with that.
Finn is all healed up and ready to GO! He has been cleared by the vet. He is back to playing with Herky and feeling "perky". He weighs close to 50 pounds, so is only about 5 pounds under what would be his ideal. He is learning to sit and since he is so food motivated, he will be good to train. He had his first introduction to children since I have had him and a loud 4 year old boy made Finn nervous. I put Finn in the house when I saw his reaction. I think he would be more at ease with 10+ years old. He is sensitive to loud noises and climbs in my lap when he is startled by them.
Finn is doing well. He and Herky continue to have wonderful play times with lots of tugging and wrestling. Finn is a very smart boy and learns quickly. I had him sit once or twice before I put his food down, and now as soon as I am ready to do it, he sits on his own. Food is a strong motivator for him.
I have started giving Finn some puzzles to work on to keep him busy and burn some energy. I froze some dry dog food in a kong and put him in the crate to work on it. At first he did not understand where the food smell was coming from. He wasn't expecting the kong to have food inside of it. I gave him a couple of hints to check it. Once he figured it out he went to town and was happily occupied for at least 30 minutes. He was quite happy to be in his crate while he worked on it.
Sorry that it has been so long since I have updated this page.
Finn went to the vet for a recheck on his ears as there was still debris accumulating in them. The yeast infection is better, but not gone so he has been switched to a new ear medication. The tech at VCA commented on how nicely he sat for the deep ear cleaning that she gave him. He was a little anxious during the appointment, but well behaved. When he was at his most anxious he would come to me and try to climb in my lap. He is so sweet, but a little big for a lap dog.
Happy Spring Finnbar! Love, your fur sister Cait 16-045!
Happy Spring! So glad you are a Ragom Rescue now! Thank you SFHS for your efforts! From RD in SD
I am so proud of the progress that Finn has made. I have been able to let him have free roam when I am gone during the day. He no longer needs to be crated. He does very well on walks with Herky and Zoey. I use a Gentle Leader on him as he pulls when he sees a rabbit or squirrel. He is really ready to join a new home. He is smart and affectionate and so sweet.
Finn's ears have continued to be a problem, so last week he had a deep ear flush by the vet. He was sedated so the vet could work deep in his ear canals. There was a lot of packed in debris that prevented the medications from getting rid of the yeast infection. For the next two weeks Finn is on prednisone and two different ear drops. The medication is to reduce the inflammation and kill off the yeast. He is very tired of getting ear drops and now it happens four times a day. He doesn't fight it, just slinks away and looks depressed when he knows what is coming. I hope this will be the end of the ear trouble.
I had to travel for work last week which meant leaving my dogs and Finn at home with a couple of pet sitters. I was worried as Finn has been know to bark at strangers. I am VERY happy to say that he behaved very well with the sitters. He met them before I left town and was calm meeting them. There was a big storm while I was gone and Finn was calm for that. He has definitely made progress.
Finn is doing well. He is enjoying our daily walks and is meeting other dogs and people with no problem. He wags his tail and is friendly. He is always interested in any squirrels and rabbits on the walk. He would dearly love to chase them. I don't know what he would do if he ever caught one, but he really wants to try.
Finnbarr recently speant a few days at another volunteer's home. Here is what they say about Finn. He is a pleasure to have around, he doesn't bark very often but does have a deep bark when he does, usually it's when/if another dog barks before him to try and egg him on. He played a lot and he really followed the pack at our house when he was here. It didn't take him long to get comfortable in his kennel when he was as being fed, he is definitely food motivated and will pretty much do anything for a treat, but he takes treats very sweetly and also sits when he gets his treats or when he sits at your feet. He also likes to follow you, definitely likes to see what is going on and is very inquisitive for sure. I can't say enough how nice he is to have around.
He does have some anxiety; I think the medication that he takes helps him. If there are going to be other dogs in the house, it probably would be better to have them be a dominant personality because then he will back down. He didn't pick on any of our guys, in fact he liked to follow our dog, Finnegan, around and wanted to play, very cute. He would also do fine, I think, in a house where he is the only dog around. That would allow him to completely focus on his people. His behavior training papers indicated that this anxiety is very possible to treat and also with patience, he will get used to a calmer atmosphere. He's a love and will make someone a great addition.
Well, this is the first update of Mr. Finnbar since he came to our house two days ago. As you can see from the first picture, he has already found a bed to be comfortable on with one of our resident dogs, Finnegan. We also just cleaned the bathroom, well...I can say that I cleaned the bathroom and he watched!!! He is very curious and wants to know about everything. He loves to be outside, but he also loves to follow you around and make sure he does not miss anything or miss anybody. We have three Irish Setters and there have been no tussles yet, true only thing that I could foresee is that maybe over a toy, but that is something that I monitor and make sure that everyone has one to play with and sometimes even in separate corners. I will tell you that when we are watching TV or doing something in the living or dining room, he is usually right beside us and as I am typing this, he is standing under the table and is just chilling out. He is a sweetie, now he has parked himself on the floor. He loves to eat and owing to the fact that he was in a hoarding situation, he (and our resident dogs) are all fed in their kennels, that way it is safe for him and he doesn't feel threatened. He has gotten a lot better about eating as well, he does tend to gobble his food so I use one of the bowls that have pockets so he can eat slower. He likes being around his folks and also around the action!! I'll let him talk to you a little bit.
Hi folks, Finnbar here. I just got to the H house a few days ago. There is a lot of action around here as there are three other dogs in the house as well. I get along with all of them, but the senior female kind of ignores me anyway. We get along though. I get my own kennel and my own bowl and the other three dogs are great. There are two males and a female and we all get along. I know it takes awhile for everybody to get used to each other. I will tell you, that because I was from a really crowded situation where I came from, sometimes I need some reassurance that it will be okay. I get a little anxious, but I take some medication at night and after I take it, I get a treat so it's all good. We're going on a walk today, it's a nice day and it should be really fun. Well, that's all from here now, more in a few days.
Finnbar continues to do well at our house, we went for a walk on Sunday with Finnbar and Finnegan one of our resident dogs. He did very well and likes to walk, he walks well on a leash. I think he likes to be outside period. Let me give you a heads up on a few things, he does have some anxiety and considering how he came into RAGOM from a hoarding situation, frankly I don't blame him. He does take medication for his anxiety and that works well for him, I don't think that his anxiety is a huge deal, it is just something that his foster or forever home will need to make sure they are patient with him and makes sure that he knows he is safe and secure. We have three other dogs and as of today, there has not been any major tussles, Finnbar did get in Casey's face(one of our residents) this morning, but Casey let him know that he did not like that and Finn backed down, I think if there are other dogs in the home Finnbar needs a dog or dogs that are a bit more assertive than he is, but he could also be just fine with being the only one in the house, I don't think he is bossy, he just wants to make sure everyone likes him. I really think that he loves to be around the action and he loves to be a shadow. He also likes to chew on socks, pieces of paper and I have found out that he also likes to counter surf, he is funny to watch and he is so sweet. I think that from being in a hoarding situation, he is afraid that his food will get taken away, but as he is fed in his kennel, he knows it is a safe place as well. Patience is a good rule with him.
Well, that's it from the H house at this point, more in a few days.
Finn is ready for Christmas and hopes to get a visit from Santa Dog! He would also like to thank Sam & Nikki for the winter mitten icon in memory of Hawk 08-372 , who recently went to the Rainbow Bridge. You know how to make a guy feel special!
Finnbar had a fabulous weekend out of boarding! He went to the RAGOM holiday sale, Meet n’ Greet, and on a trip to Starbucks for a “puppuccino”!
Finn is an adorable and very sweet pup! He is pretty small for 4 years old and his fur is soft as a chinchilla's. He is a Velcro dog that actively seeks out cuddles. Is house trained and walks nicely on a leash. Also very food motivated so is quick to learn. He did great around all the other dogs at the sale this weekend, too.
Finn would love to be adopted by the holidays. He is looking for a home with a physical fence, no cats and children 10+. He's been waiting to find his forever family since March. If you are interested in adopting Finn, please contact your Placement advisor!
Finnbar left the kennel on December 15th to join his new Foster parent. A new location for him was a challenge he adjusted to quickly because he came to a home where his new foster lives alone and has stayed with him most of the time. He is only crated for 1 to 4 hour time periods when his foster steps out. There are no other pets at his new home. Finnbar adapts best to an environment that is less chaotic.
Finnbar acted happy and playful from the first minute in the car to his arrival. He is extremely alert and curious. He must sniff everything and will check out every object in his surroundings where ever he goes. He loves companionship and is part Vizsla and part Lab retriever. Vizsla's are known to be "Velcro" dogs, meaning that they will stick next to your side. At first, he did not respect my personal space. He was always too close to my face and would lay on top of me when on the bed watching TV. I have used a stiff arm and the "back" command and he is learning to not lick my face or breathe the same air as much as it was at first.
Finnbar enjoyed watching another Vizsla romp!
Finnbar is smart and learned quickly how to "shake" hands. He is totally motivated by food due to his past when he had to compete for food. He loves rawhide or chew bones and I give him one each morning. If he doesn't get one, he will come up to you and ask for one by pawing at you.
Rawhide delight each morning keeps him content if not jumping for joy!
He is so cute with those big brown eyes and his many facial expressions. Finnbar never left my side for the first two weeks. If I left the room, he followed, always. In the last few days, he has started to leave the room on his own and come back 5 to 10 minutes later . He absolutely loves to lay on the bed with me as he did with a previous foster who had him for six months. He can sleep on the same bed or will sleep quietly in his crate which is in the bedroom. He also enjoys long walks and acts very calm outside while using a harness leash. He is an adorable, playful, happy and energetic dog that wants to please you and wants to love and be loved.
Finnbar's many expressions will melt your heart. He is just a lover.
Those are the positives. Finnbar's adopter needs to be aware of his history and learn that he is a reactive dog that has triggers that can cause him fear or anxiety or discomfort and that causes him to hide or growl. He has been on anxiety medication and RAGOM personnel are trying to determine his long term needs. Finnbar is unpredictable when meeting new dogs and new people. He seems to make his own choices on whom he will accept or be afraid of. When he is afraid, if he is allowed some time to process his situation, he can settle down and become nonreactive. It's best to let him approach a new person instead of having them approach Finnbar. Limiting close range eye contact may also be helpful during a first encounter. As stated previously, he is a fast learner and his domestication and social behavior are progressing each day and week as he grows and matures.
Merry Christmas, Finnbar, from Sam and Nikki in memory of Hawk 08-372!