Dog Rescue Stories: Gus Taught His Pawrents What “Man’s Best Friend” Really Means!!

 By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor

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Hi!  I’m Gus and here’s my story!

To tell the truth, my mom wasn’t really thinking about getting a dog..then she met ME!  I was rescued by Boston Animal Control. I had been found in a home when my owner was arrested. I was just a little pup but the police noted that my ears were already cropped and looked red and raw.

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A very sweet girl named Danielle was working with Broken Tail Rescue in Worchester, MA and she agreed to be my foster mom.  She had been posting pictures of me on Facebook, hoping to find me a home.  My furever mom saw my picture and told Danielle she better not bring me over!   My mom knew we would fall in love with each other!  Well, needless to say, she brought me over and I never left.

Gus was hiding under the weeping willow????

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My mom took me to training classes, so I have wonderful manners, and my mom says I’m an angel!  When my mom and dad are at work, I go to daycare where I play with lots of other dogs and I even get to swim in a pool! Believe it or not, I am a GREAT swimmer! My mom takes me on walks in the woods and I have lots of doggie friends. My mom and dad did a DNA test and it came back saying I am 3/4 American Staffordshire Terrier and 1/4 Bulldog.  Of course, Mom thinks I’m the perfect mix!

#tongueouttuesday #tot ????

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I have had my set backs. When I was 6 months old I started to limp. The vet thought it was a result of my legs growing too fast and said I would outgrow it. A year later, my mom got worried because I still limped from time to time.  We redid the X-rays and learned I had bilateral elbow dysplasia.  Mom was devastated that my life wouldn’t be the same.  I got surgery to help clean out my elbows and just six months later, I’m doing so much better and getting back to my normal life!

 

Mom and dad agree that they finally know what “man’s best friend” means…and it means ME!

My sweet boy❤️

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After mom fills the Kongs she lets me lick the spoon (notice the spit and peanut butter on his forehead) #peanutbutter

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Today Montreal passed breed specific legislation against pit bull type dogs. Dogs like Gus????

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Gus in action❤️

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He makes me smile❤️

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❤️ #justiceforbullies

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.