#2825 – Fargo

Status:   Foster to Adopt

Status: Foster to Adopt
Type: Sable and White
Age: 7-8 years
Gender: Male
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Good with children: Unknown, but they may frighten him
Good with other dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Unknown
Housebroken: Yes
Foster Location: Brookfield, WI
Adoption requirements:
Available for adoption with an application & home visit. Don't hesitate to complete our adoption application form
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In Loving Memory: February 19, 2011
Fargo's body was found today in a location that had been searched many times.  He was found deep in snow and ice and had likely been there for some time.  He was close to where the live trap was, near railroad tracks, in a gully.  He was found by one of Mary and Ray's neighbors, who came to their house to let them know.  Fargo will be cremated and his ashes placed in an urn with his name engraved on it.  Fargo's ashes will be sent to Jo Brand at her request, since Fargo had been with Jo before he moved to WI. 

We are all so sorry to hear the sad news, and we send our sympathy to both Mary and Ray, and to Jo.

Description: When Fargo came to MWCR he brought with him only his name. He had been picked up as a stray and brought to impound, where he was named for the town in which he was found. He had obviously not experienced much love or care in his life and his first visit was to the vet where he was treated for ear mites, an ear infection, open wounds on his back and numerous scars on his nose. We estimate that he is 7-8 years old, but there is little else that we know about his history.

Fargo’s injuries are now healing nicely and he has made a return trip to the vet to be neutered. He has obviously lived most or all of his life as an outdoor dog, but is making the transition to an indoor lifestyle. He is very well behaved in the house, but many everyday things are new and strange to him. He is frightened by loud noises and reacts to images on the TV and to his own reflection in shiny surfaces. He likes to be around his foster family, though he is still shy and wary of human contact.

Fargo loves the other dogs at his foster home and really comes alive when they are around. Although he likes to be petted by his foster mom, his tail only starts wagging when he sees one of the other dogs. It is obvious that his contact with humans has been limited and/or negative. His foster home does not include cats or children, so we don’t know how he would react to them, but it is likely that boisterous kids would be frightening to Fargo.

Fargo’s face tells a sad story of loneliness and neglect, but this gentle collie boy will be a loving companion for anyone who is willing to patiently help him adjust to life as a member of a caring family. He will definitely need a canine companion to make him feel safe and teach him that people can be a source of love, not abuse.