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Zac

 Zac continues to be rehabilitated within his foster home. He knows all common commands in ASL, which are extremely easy for a potential adopter to learn. Zac still struggles with his anxiety issues and is on medication for it (a VERY cheap medication); however, when he is properly exercised, one would never be able to tell that he has anxiety. Zac has such a personality and is just one huge teddy bear looking for his forever home.
Zac is one o
f our most special pets. Zac has had a long, hard road to travel just in order to survive. Zac came to us in the beginning as a deaf Rottweiler who knew no commands or manners. We taught Zac commands such as "sit", "down", "come", "good boy", and "outside" in American Sign Language. Zac is so eager to please that he was thrilled to learn these commands and obeys them easily (better than most hearing dogs obey vocal commands actually!) Rottweilers are extremely loyal and intelligent companions who, unfortunately, attract the wrong type of crowd. Some people will go to any lengths to have this breed, as one can see by Zac's story.

Zac was adopted to a family who we intended to be his forever home. They were educated in his ASL commands, they were informed of his anxiety issues, and they were extremely misleading when they told us they would continue his training and give him a good home. They abused Zac, both psychologically and physically. Zac was left alone for hours on end even though they knew of his separation anxiety. When Zac gets anxious, he urinates and defecates to express it (some dogs become destructive; i.e. chewing, digging, etc to express their separation anxiety. Zac simply shows his in a different way.) When he would urinate or defecate, they would beat him. When we found out about the abuse, we confiscated Zac. Zac was adopted to them weighing 100 lbs (he is already small for a Rotti) and when we confiscated him, he weighed only 69 lbs. As soon as he walked through the door, he collapsed on the floor in pain and exhaustion. We rushed him to the veterinarian and nearly lost him. The vet told us that they had been starving him and beating him regularly, and X-rays showed that Zac had suffered serious injury from being kicked. They had pinched a nerve in his neck which was causing him excruciating pain. Our hearts were broken for our poor boy who we thought we had placed with a responsible family. We vowed to do right by Zac and make sure he never again had to experience suffering.

Zac has been in a long-term foster home since this ordeal. Even though Zac has been through terrible and unfair trials in his lifetime, he has never stopped loving people or being friendly. Zac LOVES men, even though he was abused by one. He gets most joy out of his toys (he loves tennis balls and Kong toys.... look at the pics!) and he will play all day if he has someone to throw for him. He is a true companion who loves human interaction. Despite the suffering Zac has endured, he remains trusting of humans-a trait that we as people cannot usually even lay claim to.

Zac has finally found his forever home!  To read more, CLICK HERE!