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Taz was found at an abandoned trailer park by his foster's son. The son had been feeding a few dogs there for a while. Taz would mainly stay by himself or with another giant dog there that seemed to be his buddy. He seemed so sad. It took a little bit but the son was able to pet him and Taz started to follow him back to his truck when he left. Eventually they were able to bring Taz and his very large friend home.
Unfortunately Taz has all the tell tale signs of being used as a "bait" dog. He has some pretty nasty scars and a crippled left back leg. We're not sure if it was from the dog fighting or if he was hit by a car. It is healed and doesn't seem to hurt him. Taz does have some fear aggression issues with other dogs. He won't attack another dog without provocation, but if a dog backs him into a corner he will react. It's hard to blame him, though, given what a rough time he has had. His foster family has been keeping him separate from the rest of the pack when they can't be there to supervise them. With people, though, Taz is a great dog. It took a while to get him over his shyness, as he has obviously had a very bad experience at the hands of some really cruel people. Between being used as a bait dog and being run off of any place he settled after the trailer park closed it's a wonder he wants anything to do with people. He really needs to be an "only child" in a home where someone will show him the love and kindness he deserves.
Taz is a unique looking dog. His fosters named him Taz because he kind of reminds them of a Tazmanian tiger! Even with his scars and bum leg he is a handsome guy. His hair is growing in and getting soft to the touch so the scars are hard to see for the most part unless you really look for them. He is a bigger dog- about 50 pounds now that he is gaining some weight. He is a bit "low to the ground" at about 18" tall. He is probably between one and two years old. While he does have issues with other dogs he is totally non-aggressive toward people. He will sit with you and loves to have his head scratched. He'll wag his tail and look so happy. He loves his tummy rubbed too, but he still isn't trusting enough to just roll on his back and enjoy it yet. Taz really needs to have his own person to love him.and show him that there are other good people out there. The foster family doesn't have any small children so we can't say whether he would be good with them or not. Please consider giving Taz a second chance. He really is a sweet dog that has had a horrible time which no animal should have to endure. He will be a great loving friend for someone who is willing to love him back.
If you are interested in any of our pets, please fill out an application on our website (www.spcatn.org). The adoption form is located under the "Adopting a Pet" tab. Once we receive your application we will email you and get you in touch with the foster so that you can find out more about the animal. If you are interested in adopting any of the SPCA of TN pets, you can also contact Celina Weissenborn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 615-354-3531, but we will need an application on file before proceeding. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET ANY OF OUR ANIMALS THAT ARE UP FOR ADOPTION AT A SCHEDULED ADOPTION EVENT, PLEASE SEND US AN E-MAIL TO MAKE SURE WE LET OUR FOSTER PARENTS KNOW TO BRING THEM TO THE ADOPTION EVENTS. ***Please remember you must fill out an adoption application and a contract prior to adoption. We will need 3 personal references and a vet reference as well. There will be a phone interview and a home visit required prior to adoption.***
if you are interested in adoption please contact Celina at email@example.com or call her at 615-354-3531.