Sawyer, unlike his name, came from the North – Upper Credit Humane Society to be exact. They called him an akbash/lab/hound mix and he was just shy of two years old. He’d been adopted out three times and brought back for guarding. He guarded strange things like keys, a toy and once a bible. Sawyer had run out of options and needed a special place to work with him.
Tucker came from the South, SPCA Serving Erie County to be exact. They called him a Coonhound, Treeing Walker and American Foxhound. He’s nine months old and we’re told he’s destructive with separation anxiety. He was deemed unadoptable and if BCFS couldn’t take him… let’s just say we were his last hope.
Two hounds from two different countries. North verses South. How would these two males get along? Could they help each other given a chance? Was BCFS the place they needed to heal?
On initial intake Sawyer was more unmanageable, more highly strung and more violent at times. He decided to stand his ground with me and when I refused to back off he growled deeper and snapped his jaws at me, but didn’t bite. I noticed as he was trying to be a big tough threatening guy, he was also peeing himself. Sawyer was merely, afraid. This we can work with by teaching him to safely back off and building his confidence. He’s already responding to signals to move back and away from things; when he gets praised he’s the happiest boy in the world.
Sawyer has huge energy. Probably more energy than any dog we’ve come across. He’s big, healthy and strong. He pushed around all our livestock and we had to segregate him to a separate area. He pined for a friend.
It was then we got the call about Tucker.
He transported beautifully, he was a gentleman on leash and was soft and sweet. He melted in your hands like soft butter ready to be shaped. He wants to be the best dog he can be and you can have this devotion if you never leave him.
From his previous family:
Tried to confine to the kitchen, but he chewed up the gate, a keurig and his dog bed. He ate the carpet from an adjoining room. He’s very energetic and crazy. Can be very sweet at times, but usually not very affectinate. Loves to play with toys, treats and bones. Loves to be outside. Would do best in a home with another dog. He is very vocal. Good in the car, hates baths.
Sometimes when faced with a challenge the best one to find the solution is another dog.
We introduced Sawyer and Tucker slowly. They shared a fence line for a few hours and both demonstrated interest in the other with positive body language. We took the big step and introduced the two.
They played hard. Very hard like a pair of brothers. They kept up with each other and played hard for hours. They played until they both flopped on the ground and took a long nap.
After 24 hours we were happy that the boys seemed to have a calming effect on each other. If one started to get anxious the other began to play with them.
I wasn’t sure if this was true until I walked into the barn and Tucker started howling at me and Sawyer jumped on him and dragged him outside – I’ve never had a better, more timely correction than Sawyer.
Tucker had the energy to keep up with Sawyer that allowed his anxiety to burn off, so that he could relax.
This is a great match!
Youtube Video of Sawyer and Tucker
We brought North and South together and found peace.