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Charlotte, female - MI
Desi - Adopted!!!
Diesel - Adopted!!!
Mesa, female - IL
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Diesel - Adopted!!!
Dottie - Adopted!!!
Jackie - Adopted!!!
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* Loki, male - MO

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* Asher, male - MD
* Blue, female - MA
Grimm, male - NY
* Harley, female - MA
* Kaley, female - VA
Lucy, female - PA
* Rebel, male - VT
Ziva - Adopted!!!

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Andie- Adopted!!!
* Arko, male - GA
* Callie, female - SC
* Hutch, male - LA
Loki, male - LA
Lucas - Adopted!!!
Ofa - Adopted!!!
Phenix - Adopted!!!

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Hank - Adopted!!!
Scarlet - Adopted!!!

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Jackson has a HOME

submitted by Sandra Stealey
updates and photos submitted by Sandra Stealey &/or Julie Bear

UPDATE

Good Adoptions don't just happen -
or then again - maybe they do.

I am going to let Jackson's foster, Sandra Stealey, tell his story.

Jackson was found in Charleston, WV, September 15th, as a stray near a major highway interchange. The shelter staff obviously knew he was special since they kept him for a month and really fell in love with him. Almost a month after his pick up, K9officer, Alice Hanan of Maryland was practicing SAR in the forest, adjacent to the pound, when she spotted Jackson and identified him as a Belgian Malinois. Alice left money to insure he would be kept until he was adopted, and then contacted Lisa Epperson of ABMR rescue.

To Lisa fell all the initial responsibilties -- taking that first call; compiling info on the dog; recruiting me (Sandra Stealey) as a foster home; insuring that Alice's offer to pay any other expenses ABMR couldn't, if someone would foster and place him, was indeed valid; taking applications; checking references; being a sounding board for me and offering help and advice. The Kanawha/Charleston Humane Shelter director, Sylvia Schafer, was very helpful and professional in her work with ABMR rescue and contacted me on a regular basis to check on Jackson and give me valuable advice.

Living closest to Charleston, WV, where he was found, and where the shelter staff had obviously never seen a Malinois, I was recruited to 'spring' Jackson. It was 100 miles away and my van was just about to die but, I went anyway. I gathered up Jackson, who was (pleasant surprise) only marginally interested in cats, loved men and women and life in general, readily accepted the crate in the van and was totally appropriate with the other dogs I had taken along for the ride. When I was ready to leave, my van wouldn't start. Luckily, there was a knowledgable mechanic who did some stop-gap measures over the next 2 hours so I could drive home.

It was so nice to see him running all over my yard, kicking up his heels and learning to really stretch out and move. I named him Jackson because, at the time, there was a good possibility that he would be going to a hearing impaired couple and the sign for J, which would be his name, was a distinctive one, I thought easy for a dog to learn.

Over time I learned that Jackson is indeed a wonderful boy. The vet tech where I had him neutered was seriously considering adopting him, I knew I couldn't keep him. He was TOO sweet for my household of 8 other dogs and deserved a full time family of his own. Several people were interested in him from the rescue report at Sitstay. I thought as I was writing his ad that he was too good to be true, but he really did live up to that. The second adopters to contact us turned out to be the best match for Jackson and there didn't seem to be any real problems with him going there. SO, we arranged paperwork and transportation (family drove 11 hours RT to get him). We agreed to meet at the Mountaineer Family Restaurant in Parkersburg, WV, on November 28, and Jackson 'met' his new family.

Wayne (dad) seemed very practical and serious. He most likely was concerned about bringing a new, large, unknown male dog into the house, especially since his wife was rather petite. He took Jackson first and led him around, out into a field, around and around the parking lot, etc. He did comment to Julie about how strong he was and how she would not be able to walk him down the stairs for a while because he might pull her down them. I told them that he certainly could and SHOULD be trained to "WAIT" anyplace, anytime, including at the top of the steps. She should be able to descend at her own pace then call or release him. I demonstrated some of the basic beginning technique and pointed out they would have to start from 1 ft "WAIT's to 2 ft, etc. Wayne seemed to enjoy "handling" (walking, having Jackson do his tricks, over and over--sit, shake, etc.)

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With Brandon, the son, it was love at first sight--for both Jackson and Brandon, both solid but just a little lanky, probably close to the same size. When we arrived, as soon as I gave him the "OK" command, Jackson jumped out of the car and blitzed past Julie, Wayne and me. With head and ears down submissively and tail wagging wildly, he ran straight to Brandon, who was about 10 feet away. My first thought and comment was "Oh, Jackson, you had kids before at your old home--and you LOVED them!" I also told them about teaching Jackson to jump up only on command, as Julie and Wayne kept trying to tell Brandon not to let Jackson jump up on him, but Brandon kept saying, "But I WANT him to--wow, he's almost taller than me", all the time profusely petting and reinforcing Jackson, who was perched on his back legs with his front paws gently resting on Brandon's shoulders.

Brandon asked his mom if she thought Jackson would play Frisbee with him, as he really wanted a dog who would and their other dog didn't. I assured him that he most likely would. Julie had found very few people in the area who actually knew what a Belgian Malinois was, much less that it was a purebred. She said her mother was terrified of her getting Jackson and had tried and tried to talk her out of it. I reassured her that, although I was a little anxious about Jackson at first, with his large size and sharp, intense expression and extreme power, I often found myself cuddling with him, kissing him on the face (generally a very bad idea, but he craved closeness so much, he loved it). I also have had a fair amount of experience with flighty dogs, schizy dogs (want and beg for attention but may try to bite if you give it to them), reserved dogs, and many other kinds. Jackson was just different, though. He had such a kind look in his eye and face and all his mannerisms conveyed a sense of calm confidence and serenity, like he was so sure of himself but all he lacked was love and affection.

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I have received some emails from Julie, confirming my thought and hopes that Jackson would be a very good dog for this home. She took him to the local pet supply store where he was allowed to go in and choose his own toy/bone and was amazed that someone there recognized him immediately as a Belgian Malinois and helped her find an appropriate trainer. She had wisely questioned using the one her friends recommended--someone who "got right in the dog's face" and used lots of force.

I gave her a page or two of my impressions on Jackson and his personality and how he could learn best. He has a lot of spirit but even more desire to please--an ideal dog for training, I think.

ABMR's expenses for Jackson turned out to be minimal. The cost of neutering and a rabies vaccine; the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Shelter had already done whatever else was initially needed. Jackson also had a 'sponsor' in the form of Alice. Other rescues are not usually so lucky. For all those other unfortunate Malinois that come to rescue in greater need SEND YOUR DONATION with a note "for Rescue" today to:

Mail checks to (Please no Care Packages to this address):
ABMR Charitable Trust - Rescue Fund
c/o Jim Moses
21710 Cove Point Farm Road
Tilghman Island, MD 21671

Somewhere there is a Belgian Malinois that will thank you.

Good adoptions don't just happen - or - do they?

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