|AJ was turned in as a stray to a California kill shelter by someone who was suspected to be his owner.
He waited out the stray hold for his owner to come for him but, not surprisingly, that didn't happen. We had been watching him since intake but were forced to wait an extra 2 days until he was available to rescue ... then he was ours!
AJ was picked up by our ever faithful transporter, Tera, and was named after her son, "Andrew Joseph." On the ride to Crossroads, the human AJ had nicknamed the doggie AJ, "Cute Puppy," but we decided to go with AJ.
AJ will be given some time to settle in before he is transported to Phoenix around the second week in July ... hopefully we will have room for him by then. In the meantime, we know he will be well taken care of.
UPDATE 7/7: AJ has arrived in Phoenix.
We really like this boy. He's obviously frightened, but so gentle in his demeanor. Even taking bacon from our fingers was done with the greatest of care. We'll be giving him some time to settle in, after which we will schedule his neuter surgery. He definitely needs to put on a few pounds, but other than that, he's good to go. AJ is listed at approximately 2 years of age. He will be neutered on July 15th and, after a suitable recovery period, will be available for introductions and adoption.
UPDATE 7/9: We spent about an hour just sitting with AJ and brushing his coat this morning. He just sat patiently and allowed us to do the work. He's not quite ready to reach out and ask for attention or affection, but he was very willing to accept it. He's pretty thin, but his coat was not in too bad condition. He'll be getting extra meals for sure.
UPDATE 7/15: AJ checked in to Dynamite Creek Animal Hospital this morning for his neuter surgery. Still on the lean side, he weighed in at a solid 84 pounds. The vet guessed him to be 3-4 years old. AJ will be in the "cone of shame" for 10 to 14 days, after which he'll be ready for introductions and adoption.
Adoption fee $395.00.