“At that moment, I knew I had to help him.”
Baloo is a bright young man who enjoys flaunting his abilities. The 1-year-old retriever-boxer mix is very proud of himself after just recently learning how to sit and shake, especially since he didn’t have the opportunity to practice before his rescue.
Baloo’s owners had left him in a dog run with a heartbreaking note, but he wasn’t sure what he had done to deserve it. Fortunately, a woman saw Baloo all by himself in the sweltering Arizona sun and intervened on her own.
Foster mother of Baloo Lillian Engelhard told us, “I was out walking one of my dogs and we passed a community dog run with a dog in it but no owners in sight.” I reasoned that either they may have run out of doggie bags and hurried to get more, or perhaps his owners actually did have an emergency of some kind.
In order to better assess the situation, Engelhard remained in her car and watched over Baloo.
As Engelhard continued to observe him, “I saw signs that he had been out there for a long time.” “It was in the nineties, and he appeared extremely overheated and dehydrated. He appeared upset and was pacing. I was aware that action was required.
Engelhard was excited to the point of ecstasy as he approached Baloo.
Engelhard stated, “I noticed a note was shoved in the handle when I went to open the gate to the dog run. It stated, “I was forced to leave because this dog is not trained. Please help save Venom.”
Engelhard’s mood dimmed.
He greeted me with kisses and excitement as soon as I walked in, she recalled. “I knew I had to assist him at that point.”
Baloo was a complete sweetheart, but Engelhard could tell from his high energy level that he needed to work on a few things. When she started training Baloo, the excitable puppy quickly underwent a complete transformation.
“Suddenly, learning was his passion!” said Engelhard. Within a few days, he was fully potty trained, knew when he could and couldn’t jump up onto the couch or bed, did well in his kennel, and more. He could also sit, stay, lie down, sit pretty (sitting with both paws in the air), and more. All he required was some time to wait and someone to believe in him.
The touching account of Baloo’s training and rescue can be seen here:
Through Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, Baloo is currently looking for his forever residence. He would thrive in a family that is understanding of his past and will help him improve his manners by being patient and consistent.
If given the chance, the very good boy will be happy to demonstrate his abilities. He will currently train in preparation for his chosen day.
Engelhard said, “He’s come a long way, but he still has work to do. “He needs a devoted person. They will consequently receive one of the best dogs ever as compensation.
Engelhard continued, “He’s taught me how hard work can pay off. It’s satisfying to work hard for a few days to teach him something, and then watch him handle everything on his own after that.