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|SIMBA IN A NUTSHELL: A baby, just starting his life. He's about 3-4 months old and a typical manner-less puppy. He's bold and outgoing and extremely loving and lovable (as most puppies are), but he's a handful (as all puppies are).
||The story of Simba's rescue is an amazing one -- the story of some wonderful people coming together to save the life of a young puppy. If any of the pieces of this puzzle had not fit, Simba would still be in Bakersfield, hoping for a miracle.
Our facebook angel, Kathy J, stumbled upon a post by Danny S with the above video. Kathy naturally reached out to us to see if we could help. Helping a puppy is complicated. We don't like to pull them from a shelter, simply to put them into a boarding situation. The adults do well, but puppies do not. So, how do we get Simba from Bakersfield to Phoenix in one day?
By sheer coincidence, our dear friends, Chuck & Jon from Husky Camp Rescue, had contacted us the day before to ask if we wanted them to return a crate we had given them (which didn't fit into their vehicle) as they were coming in to Phoenix on Thursday night on their way to Prescott. We told them not to worry about the crate until our next transport and didn't think another thing of it; that is, until we heard about Simba. A quick text to Chuck to ask if they had room for a small passenger that needed to be picked up in Bakersfield, and she and Jon were on the road to northern California to pick up Simba at the shelter and head for Phoenix! Now those are good friends!
A text from Chuck later in the day reported that they had Simba safely in hand, were heading home to feed their own dogs, then would be on the road to Phoenix. Please check back for updates and photos of his arrival late this evening.
UPDATE 7/26 1am: Courtesy of Chuck and Jon, Simba has arrive in Phoenix.
Simba had no hesitation at all in meeting our staff member. He rode home quietly in her vehicle, polished off a pan of food and settled in quietly for the night at about 1:30am. As of 8am, he is still stretched out on a dog bed, sleeping soundly, after being quiet the entire night except for a few barks at some fluttering noises caused by the wind. He will be meeting his new foster mom this afternoon to begin his journey to a new home.
UPDATE 7/26: Simba met his new foster mom, Kate this afternoon.
FIRST FOSTER REPORT: "He has just had the best time! He got puppy ice cream and took a nap on the couch. He's not potty trained at all so we are going outside every hour while he's out of his crate. There were a lot of scabs under his coat that we washed out and he's painfully thin. Simba will get lots of little treats this weekend. You named him well [Kathy J], he looks like a baby lion running after Wicket!
FOSTER UPDATE 7/27: "Simba is a total love bug! He follows me everywhere, wants to hug everyone and is desperately trying to figure out what being a dog is like. He idolized Yoda so she is quite pleased. Wicket is tolerating him.. and shoved him in the pool. Simba was ok after being fished out by me, but does NOT appreciate being wet. He barks at the cats and Dabi is impatiently waiting for me to let her through the doggy gate so she can teach Simba a lesson. I'm not sure he's ready to deal with her yet!
FOSTER UPDATE 7/29: "He is definitely learning! Both Yoda and Wicket give him a sharp reprimand when Simba tries to piggy back and he'll slide to the floor. Yesterday he only tried once. Lucien told me that Yoda and Simba snuggled together last night, which is a first. He's also doing better with the cats. He sits at the gate and Dabi smacks him in the face. When he gets bored he lays down and she licks his ears. I haven't been able to get a picture yet because as soon as I move one of them moves."
FOSTER UPDATE 8/3: "Today we learned how to whine to go outside to potty!! House training has been elusive but I think he's catching on. Simba continues to loose baby teeth as well. He's such a sweetheart and Wicket is being his teacher about manners. Specifically who gets to sit on the mommy when... But all of our foster puppies adore when the Goose visits. He's like a momma bear to them!"
Once Simba is finished teething, he will be scheduled for neuter surgery with our vet. As with all puppies, he will be looking for a home where he is not left alone for a full work day without human company and/or supervision. A stay-at-home or work-from-home parent would be ideal for this youngster. He has a lot to learn, which can't be taught if no one is home.
FOSTER UPDATE 8/10: "Simba has all his big boy teeth! He has been a little chew machine with bones and toys and broke through his last adult teeth. He told me only puppy ice cream helps... Simba has grown a LOT! He was smaller than Yoda when he first arrived and now he's a bit bigger than her. He likes to challenge Yoda so she's been working on his manners. Simba does well with the cats too. He follows them around and will run up to Dabi but stop a polite distance so he can sniff or play bow. He is really so sweet and gentle, just lots of puppy energy!"
UPDATE 8/20: Simba's neuter surgery has been scheduled for the 28th. After a suitable recovery period (approximaetly 2 weeks), he will be ready for introductions and adoption into his forever home.
Adoption fee to be determined.