Juno was said by the shelter to be three years old. The volunteers there knew better and guessed he was around eight years. It turns out that our vet estimates him at at least ten years old. This is Juno's picture from when he was at the shelter:
After a bath, some medicine, and a few days to relax, Juno turned into a different dog!
I was more worried about taking in Bear without being able to evaluate him first. The facility was a couple hours away and I didn't have the chance to go meet the dogs before they were scheduled to be put down, so I had to take a chance on what the dogs would be like based on the volunteers and workers at the shelter. The Animal Control officer said he dog-tested Bear and Bear did fine, but anytime you take in a large dog like Bear (he weighs 70 pounds) you have to be ready for anything. Bear was very vocal and barked all the time at first. But within a few days he settled in and started doing better. He got along well with the other foster dogs, and it didn't take long for me to realize he was a wonderful dog.
|Bear's picture from the shelter|