What a difference a week makes in the life of a rescued animal. Just look into the eyes of Payton the dog to learn the difference between losing hope and settling into a foster home while waiting for your true forever family.
Trio Animal Foundation first spotted Payton weeks ago at the Animal Welfare League and were greeted by an enthusiastic, wiggly, excited dog just wanting some love. He just could not sit still.
“As the days turned into weeks, rescue after rescue repeatedly passed Payton over and the glimmer of hope in this puppy’s eyes began to diminish,” says TAF founder Sue Naiden on the groups Facebook page. “The isolation of being caged for so long was a crushing blow to this forgotten puppy’s spirit. It was apparent that Payton was losing his will to live and beginning to shut down.”
That’s when TAF did what it does best. The group networked the dog on its Facebook page, offering to sponsor Payton’s medical care and pull the dog if a reputable rescue would take him in to give this boy a second chance. Erica Brown of Secondhand Snoots, stepped up and offered to take in Payton to their foster program. After spending some time with the vet for a check up and to be neutered, Payton is now settling into a foster home.
Payton’s second chance
“Payton is such a smart, good boy. He is a good listener and is super well behaved for a puppy his age and he wants to please people,” says his foster mom said this morning. “Payton loves walks (almost as much as he loves to eat)…we go on daily walks to help burn some of his puppy energy. When we are at home, he will actually run to his harness/leash and point at it with his nose while bouncing in excitement as his way of saying – Helloooo, I’m ready for a walk!”
He’s crate trained and house broken and wants to play with every dog he meets. He did well with Brown’s children and his foster mom thinks he’d do fine with kids, but may be better with older kids since he still tends to jump on people and can get mouthy when excited. He already knows many of his basic commands and is working on the ever popular “leave it” and “drop it.” He’s also made a lot of progress on various fears in the short time he’s been in foster care.
“When Payton first came to our house, the poor guy was terrified of riding in the car. We used to have to pick him up and lift him in because he would refuse to jump in on his own,” says his foster mom. “Bribing him with his favorite treats didn’t even work! Now he will jump in on his own and will actually look out the window rather than pancaking himself to the back seat in fear. Payton is also getting better with his fear of people and fast hand movements. He was clearly abused as a younger pup and will still flinch if I move my hands/arms too quickly around him (if I’m throwing a ball).”
If you’d like to learn more about Payton or would like to fill out an application, go online to the group’s website for an application and information about the group. You may also see Payton’s Petfinder bio online.
No Bully Walk and Party
If you’re not able to adopt, you can help the rescue save more animals by participating in their No Bully Walk and Party on Sunday, September 30. The festivities start at 10 a.m. in the playground behind Westmoor School at 2500 Cherry Lane in Northbrook. The group is asking for a donation of $5 per person, child and dog at the walk – lots of kid- and dog-friendly activities will be held after the walk.