Nate is old - maybe 10 years or more - and arrived at the Sanctuary in February 2021. He was suffering from Mange and malnutrition, but seems otherwise healthy.
He had an owner, but had not been cared for. He is adjusting to life at the Sanctuary, and is slowly becoming more trusting.
Our regular fosters, Mike and Joy had been feeding Nate along with Norman for a while.
He has an old leg injury that does not seem to cause him pain or mobility issues.
He is quite wary of us still at the moment and doesn’t seem used to human attention or touch.
He tries to bite us if we go anywhere near him.
His blood results were surprisingly ok so there doesn’t seem to be anything majorly wrong with him.
Often if a street dog gets to an advanced age, they have strong immune systems!
Old street dogs find the adjustment to the shelter quite difficult, they are so used to being free – foraging for food, avoiding danger - that sometimes they just lose the will to live, or spend their time trying to escape.
We are hoping in time that he will adjust but we just need to be extra careful that he doesn’t slip out of the gate when people are coming and going!
Nate is like a lot of the very old street dogs that we rescue - they take months to become socialised and mix with the rest of the dogs - it took me 6 months before we could touch Nismo - Bruce was the same
We let Nate out of quarantine about 10 days ago and he went and hid in one of the bamboo kennels. We have volunteers trying to slowly socialise him but he is having none of it.
Another problem with the older dogs is that they desperately try to escape for a while. They sometimes chew holes in the wire - we have reinforced most of the fence but we just don't have the money to do all of it just yet so we keep patching it up.
Nate got out and is hanging around the shelter - which at least is good news as hopefully when he is hungry we will be able to catch him.
He has been neutered and vaccinated now and is in generally good health as he has had Nexgard so all the parasites will be gone. His hair is slow to grow back as is the case with a lot of older dogs. We will keep a careful watch for him, but he is certainly in better condition and has brighter prospects than before he was rescued.
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