Gustave "Gus" Goose

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Donald Duck's country cousin, and the farmhand of Grandma Duck. Gus is typically either sleeping around or chasing after his next meal. He has his moments of brilliance when it comes to overcoming obstacles to any goal.
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Background Info:

 

Gus initially came to the city shelter as a stray with a bad skin problem and a severe limp. He was adopted from the pound by a family with kids in 2020 who neglected his care, made his condition worse, and brought him back to the shelter several months later. 

Adoption Fee: $ 100
Breed: Am Bull/Pit Bull
Sex: Male
Age: 3-6 yo
Weight: 70-80 lbs

Gus' situation was dire as he spent several more months waiting hopelessly for another chance, but no one was interested in adopting a dog with health issues. We decided to bite the bullet and give this silly clown a chance, fully aware that he would likely be a very expensive project and might have to wait a long time for a loving home. He was just too charming for us to leave him to his demise. 

 

We can only hope now, that a nice family will feel the same way when they meet him. Poor guy has been through a lot. None of his issues are his fault. Despite all his troubles, Gus is a fun-loving clown who adores people.  

Health Condition:

Upon arrival into our care, Gus was diagnosed with a luxating patella and torn cruciate ligament, causing painful motion in the rear leg. He underwent an extensive TPLO surgery last January but unfortunately developed complications as a result.  A resistant infection has taken place into his leg and we have been battling treatment since. As of October 2022, Gus is still not out of the woods but we haven't given up. He has however earned "The Six Million Dollar Man" nick name🤦

The second health problem Gus suffers from is a rather severe skin condition, possibly triggered by stress, allergies and skin sensitivity. While this issue is manageable, it could be chronic and may require lifelong care in the form of a special diet (hydrolyzed dog food formula). Gus may or may not also need seasonal allergy medication.  The good news is that Gus is responsive to this diet and his skin looks great as long as he east the right food. 

Physical Description:  

Gus is a big, stocky goof, possibly American Bulldog & Pit Bull mix, though some people see Shar Pei in him too. He has THE funniest overbite we have ever seen. He is so funny-looking but he thinks he's a hunk. We wont tell him that he actually looks like a big white duck lol! 

 

Current Living Situation:  

Currently trying to adapt to shelter life at MPR's facility but he's struggling. This dog has been in a home before and he knows what he's missing. However he's also been through worse, so he's doing his very best to hang-in-there. You can tell he just longs for a family of his own and cant wait to be in a home again. He occasionally vocalizes his loneliness in his kennel but nothing out of control. For the most part, he is a patient guest who keeps his kennel neat and clean. 

Note that after his surgery we had to keep his doggy-door closed, which tested his housebreaking habits. We are happy to report that Gus doesn't make a mess in his kennel even when left in there for several hours. 

 

Personality:   

What a fun-loving goofball! Hard to believe that a dog with so many hurdles has such a positive outlook on life. Talk about resilience and good spirit. Gus is the epiphany of "happy-go-lucky", and an inspiration for anyone who has gone through hardships.  While this joyful clown would love to rump around and play like a puppy, we are forced to restrain activity until his leg is fully repaired. Thankfully, he is not inherently hyper or overly energetic but he does like to jump and bounce around. We promised him that he will be able to enjoy life like a normal dog one day, and we know that he can't wait.

Gus is a confident dog with an outgoing disposition. He is a powerful dog but not overly dominant. He just loves to have fun and expects everyone to have as much fun as he does. He has a comical personality, and you can see laughter in his eyes and cheerful expressions.  

Behavior with people: 

Very friendly and at ease with everyone. A pal to all people, he does not discriminate. He does like to express his friendship with happy hops around you, and sometimes ON you, and he's quite big. We are working on curbing this behavior but he occasionally lets his love of people get the best of him.  Nothing serious but he might not be the best choice in a home with small children, elderly or disable people; at least not until he learns to keep all four paws on the ground.  

 

Behavior with children:  

Gus spent several months in a home with young children, including toddlers and babies, and the owner reported that he was great with them. As mentioned above however, Gus can be somewhat rambunctious at times, and could knock over a small child without meaning to. In addition, we have noticed that Gus does not always take treats very gently but this is usually a behavior that can be curbed with the right training. Other than that, Gus is very much a kid at heart and would love a home with older children. 

 

Behavior with other dogs:  

Gus has not been introduced to other dogs since being with us. We were told that he was uptight and possibly selective when meeting dogs at the city pound several months ago. At MPR shelter, Gus is not reactive when dogs walk by his kennel and he is not difficult to be let in and out of his. However, during his vet visits, Gus can become difficult to manage when other dogs are in the waiting room with him. He might also engage is fence-conflicts if dogs live in adjacent yards. 

 

We believe this strong dude would do better in a home with no other dogs. 

 

Behavior with other animals:  

Cats: Yes! During his recovery, Gus spent several weeks in a home with cats and he did awesome with them. He would even share a couch with the kitties and didn't bother them what's so ever. His previous owner however, informed the staff at the city shelter that Gus would chase squirrels and small animals when in the yard. 

Training: 

Here's what we know from previous owners: Gus is not fond of being left alone unsupervised - inside or outside.  He has escaped a yard before by breaking the fence. We don't know if it was a secured fence, or something easy to destroy such as chicken wire or broken wood. This happened when Gus was left outside by himself for long hours. When left inside the house, Gus got into the trash and howled. We don't believe the owner made any attempts at keeping him in a crate, which might have been a better solution than keeping him outside unattended. 

Now for the positive; Gus is housebroken, treat motivated, knows "sit" and enjoys learning. He's just a big happy dog who turns any interaction into a fun time! 

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