Saturday, January 31, 2009

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Meet our new foster dog - Mr. Happy Bear!

Happy is ...well I guess you can say he is very Happy. (The photos labeled Red Dog Photography were taken by Vivian. Vivian facilitated Happy's placement into BC Rescue)

Happy is a direct owner surrender. His family had been active in rescue for much of their lives, they rescued horses, chickens, water fowl, fostered injured wild animals prior to release back into the wild. Happy was their last rescue. Happy's mom is experiencing significant health challenges thus unable to give him the exercise and stimulation he needs - which prompted his placement into foster care. This was a very difficult decision for them, but their love for Happy out weighed their desire to keep him.

Happy's dad told me how he came by his name. One day when he came home Happy came running to him, wagging his whole body. He said "You are such a happy guy!" Happy it was.

His former family found Happy in the woods behind their home. He had been severely beaten his jaw appears to have been fractured many of Happy's teeth are missing on the bottom (We will be seeing if he will need any type of dental work done on his mouth). His dad said that he had seen that type of injury before - it usually came from the heel of a boot.

As you can see in this picture - where Happy's tongue hangs from his mouth he is missing the lower teeth. His jaw is also misshapen and makes it difficult for him to close his mouth all the way. The result is quite endearing - he always seems to have his tongue hanging out just a smidgen.

The condition of his mouth doesn't seem to have interfered with his ability to eat! Happy is a chunky bear. He has a good 10 - 15 lbs to lose.

I know I say this with every foster. But I am seriously thinking about keeping Happy. His personality reminds me of Katie.

One drawback - Happy couldn't care less about sheep. When we exposed him to sheep today he was not even interested in them. All he wanted to do was scoot his butt across the pen, sit at my feet and wiggle against me, looking up with the most adorable loving smile saying "pet me, come on, pet me, you know you want to pet me".

What a sweetheart. I think I am in love...


Paws on the Run said...

He's VERY cute!

Raising Addie said...

OMD Happy is GORGEOUS!!!