RASCAL aka ST VINCENT – A1041538
Safe 11-15-2015 Brooklyn
RASCAL aka ST VINCENT – A1041538
***RETURNED 09/17/15***SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME/NO CHILDREN***
MALE, WHITE / GRAY, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 1 yr, 3 mos
RETURN – EVALUATE, HOLD RELEASED Reason DESTRUCTIV
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 09/17/2015, From NY 11236, DueOut Date 09/17/2015,
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary Sex: Male intact S: BAR, friendly, easily handled O: good body condition, healthy teeth A: apparently healthy P: ok to place in adoptions PROGNOSIS: EXCELLENT
MALE, WHITE / BROWN, PIT BULL MIX, 1 yr
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 06/26/2015, From NY 11208, DueOut Date 06/29/2015,
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary scan neg barh. attention seeking, allows all handling. bcs 3/9 teeth clean, eyes clear, no ocular or nasal disharge ambulatory x 4 thin hair coat around caudal dorsum, live fleas ~1yo, intact male
A volunteer writes: I always say my type of dog is the quiet and shy, or lower energy, older dogs. And along comes Rascal, who is is NONE of those things. His calls for attention from his cage are not conventional dog sounds, his leash manners are sometimes lacking, he needs lots of exercise….and I find him completely irresistible! This is his second visit with us. He has gained the weight he sorely needed to before, but is still compact, and though his face has filled out, it still retains an adorable alien quality to it. He has a range of mischievous grins (each cuter than the last) and a twinkle to his bright eyes that’ll make you feel like he’s in on all of your secrets. He is very friendly, attentive and food motivated. He seems housebroken, wags his tail when you talk to him, has the cutest play bow, and isn’t shy about cuddling. He likes toys and will toss them for himself, or let me take it from him and play fetch. He didn’t have any in his last home, but entertained himself with sticks — resourceful Rascal! His former owner reports that he can be destructive when left alone, and I’ll admit one day I caught him in the midst of taking the legs off of his bed; but I wasn’t looking at a terror on four legs, I was looking at that super intelligent kid that failed out of high school because he was bored. Maybe all those grocery store checkout magazines that say to look outside your type are onto something — I love this guy! He can be a handful, but with sufficient stimulation and exercise, I think sweet, intelligent, playful Rascal will be a one-of-a-kind companion. So whether he’s your type or not, come meet him at Brooklyn ACC — he’s got universal appeal!
S/O: PATIENT WAS BROUGHT TO MEDICAL AFTER PLAYING TOO ROUGH WITH ANOTHER DOG. BAR ON PRESENTATION; SMALL PUNCTURE WOUND (>0.5 CM IN DIAMETER) ON THE RIGHT DORSOLATERAL THORACIC REGION. NON-PAINFUL; NO OTHER WOUNDS PRESENT; SHAVED AROUND AREA AND CLEANED WITH NOLVASAN; APPLIED TAB OINTMENT; LEFT OPEN TO HEAL; GAVE 25 MG RIMADYL PO – CONTINUE BID X 3 DAYS; NO PLAY GROUP UNTIL FULLY HEALED
S/O: Patient is BAR, there is a small scab over the puncture wound on right thorax; A: Wound healing, but not yet fully healed, does not seem to bother patient; P: Recheck in 2 days, should be okay to go to playgroup after next recheck
S/O: Got into a scuffle in playgroup. Dog has small puncture to chin under mandible and also small abrasion to lip commissure on right side.
A: Superficial wounds
P: Cleaned with Nolvasan, put on vet check to monitor, no need for abx at this time
VC: Recheck wound
S/O: Swelling under mandible. Air snapped during exam (suspect painful).
P: Start ceph and doxy, rimadyl x3 days
VET CHECK – RECHECK WOUND UNDER MANDIBLE; BAR. ACTIVE AND ATTENTION SEEKING IN RUN. SMALL HEALING WOUND AT LEFT SIDE OF HEAD, HEALING WOUND UNDER MANDIBLE, NO SWELLING
A: HEALING WOUNDS
P: CONTINUE WITH CURRENT TREATMENT AND MONITORING PLAN. NO ADDITION RIMADYL INDICATED AT THIS TIME. EXCELLENT PROGNOSIS
Rascal is about one year old, unaltered, American Pit Bull Terrier Mix. He was adopted from ACC 3 months ago and is being returned because of Rascal’s destructive behavior and barking when left alone. He has no known health problems or injuries. The owner states that his favorite things about Rascal are how friendly and loyal he is.
Social Life and Personality:
Rascal has lived with 4 adults and 2 children. The children are 12 and 14 years old. Rascal is relaxed and exuberant during play with the children. He can be mouthy during play but does not hurt them. Rascal has met other dogs on the street but has not played with any. He sniffs the dogs he meets and is respectful of them. He is house trained and stands by the door when he wants to go outside. He is kept mostly indoors but does have extended exercise time in his fenced in yard. His owner describes him as playful, pushy, confident, excitable, affectionate, anxious, and friendly.
When Rascal is left home alone he tends to destroy things. When left in the home alone, he chews the door. When left outside, he chews threw the garbage can and the lock to the shed. The owner states that Rascal was not given toys when left alone. Rascal is not bothered if someone touches his food bowl when eating, removes him from furniture, given a bath, or when strangers approach his owner. He is friendly when someone takes away a toy. He barks at people approaching his home but is friendly when they come inside. Rascal can be playful when someone takes away his stick but if he is alone chewing on the stick and someone tries to remove it; he will growl. When Rascal is focused on something and his collar is grabbed; he will turn his head and snap.
For a New Family to Know:
Rascal knows the command sit. He i used to leashed walks and playing in his yard at least twice a day. He does not have toys but likes to play with sticks. He likes to play chase and tug. He has not been crate trained. When people are home he follows them around. When left in the home or yard alone he will bark and destroy things. He is not bothered by loud noises. He eats Beneful dry dog food. He likes all kinds of treats and sleeps on the floor of the bedroom.
Rascal sat in front of is owner with a relaxed body. He continued to stare at the counselor throughout the intake. When he heard noises he would turn his head. He allowed collaring and scanning.
SAFER: EXPERIENCED HOME, NO CHILDREN
Rascal previously lived with 4 adults and 2 children 12 and 14 years old, Rascal is relaxed and exuberant during play with the children. The owner stated Rascal can be mouthy during play but does not hurt them. The owner mentioned Rascal house trained and has a high activity level. The owner describes Rascal as playful, pushy, confident, excitable, affectionate, anxious, and friendly. It was reported by the owner When Rascal is left home alone he tends to destroy things and when outside alone he chew threw the garbage. The owner also mentioned when Rascal is focused on something and his collar is grabbed, he will turn his head and snap, he can also be playful when someone takes away his stick but if he is alone chewing on it and someone remove it he will growl.
At intake it was reported Rascal calm and relaxed, he allowed all handling. During SAFER Rascal came into the assessment room loose and wiggly, he was friendly, social and playful with the assessor, allowed all handling items to be conducted without issue. Rascal joins the game during the tag interaction, and during the resources portion of the assessment Rascal was easy to handle when engaged with the items. Due to some concerns mentioned from the previous owner Rascal will snap if someone grabs his collar when is focused, and when chewing on his stick and someone tends to take it away he will give a growl, so the behavior department feels its best he can go home with a experience adopter with no children.
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted. His ears are back, his tail is down, and he has a relaxed body posture. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag: 1. Dog assumes play position and joins the game. Or dog indicates play with huffing, soft ‘popping’ of the body, etc. Dog jumps on Assessor once play begins.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. His eyes are averted and his ears are relaxed.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. His eyes are averted and his ears are relaxed.
Food: 2. Dog follows the dish with his tail down, body soft. Dog lifts head after a bit of pressure from hand to cheek.
Toy 1: No interest.
Rawhide: 1. No interest.
Rascal is social and engages in rough play with males and females. He may status seek with some males. Based on his behavior in playgroup, the Behavior department recommends that Rascal can be placed in a home with both male and female dogs. However, we recommend that an interaction be required for any potential home with another male dog. Rascal seems to do well with both playful and non-playful dogs so any play style can be considered.
****Rascal is a social group helper dog****
When off leash with other dogs, Rascal is polite with other dogs and tolerant when greeted. He is more interested in interacting with the handlers in the yard.
6/30 Update : Rascal is social and polite with other dogs in the yard.
7/1 Update : Rascal continues to be social and polite and does well with both males and females.
9/18 update: Rascal is social and will engage in brief bouts of play. He will offer correction when mounted.
9/19 update: Rascal is social and greets other dogs politely. He may be slow to take correction from a dog that does not wish to interact.
9/20 update: Rascal greets well and is tolerant of a pushy female. He will solicit brief bouts of play to a respectful dog.
9/23 update: Rascal continues to be social and playful with both males and females. He is a bit sexually motivated but responds well to correction.
9/24 update: Rascal is social, solicits and engages in running play with other playful dogs.
9/25 update: Rascal engages in rough play with dogs who are interested and is respectful of those who are not. He will offer correction for inappropriate behavior and is a social group helper dog.
9/30 update: Rascal is social and engages in running play with both males and females.
10/1 update: Rascal continues to exhibit these behaviors when off leash with other dogs.
10/2 update: Rascal is social and greets other dogs but may be a bit pushy when interacting. He engages in play with other playful dogs and may status seek with some male dogs.
10/3 update: Rascal is social and engages in play with other playful dogs.
Having observed and worked with Rascal daily since intake, we have noted Rascal to be a helper dog in playgroup, highly affiliative and social with both humans and dogs, and seeking out human touch and comfort frequently. The previous owner’s concerns, as described in the SAFER write-up, cannot be disregarded, but we have not seen this sensitivity to touch or resource guarding behavior during his current stay in the care center. However, Rascal’s history of barking incessantly and being destructive to household items when left alone is consistent with a dog experiencing separation anxiety. This may be of concern for a new adopter, so we recommend an adopter who has some previous dog experience and who is comfortable with management and modification techniques for separation anxiety should this behavior appear in a future home. We also advise that Rascal be provided with interactive and engaging toys when left alone.
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