This is Paul. This past weekend I helped photograph WD49-A227517. This dog is a pretty, multicolored hound of some type. OCAS refers to him as a basset hound-dachshund mix, although our guess of a beagle mix is probably just as valid. The list we received from OCAS labeled him as fearful, and sure enough the dog was reluctant to be leashed and even walked. I carried him around for a couple of minutes and he sat quietly in my arms. But as often happens, a few minutes with a dog can be profound therapy for both dog and handler alike. Within five minutes, this dog was walking with me, wagging his tail, sniffing at grass and at other dogs, and he appeared ready to play. He was gentle and calm and I was happy to be in his company.
Because OCAS must take in any animal that the public surrenders, the number of dogs that arrive with physical or psychological issues (or both) can be high. This dog may have been abused. He certainly suffered some trauma. But I strongly suspect that within a day or two of being placed in a home environment, this dog will thrive and return a lot of love. His dilemma reinforces my growing belief that dogs don't need licensing as much as dog owners do. The first of three (3) photos of WD49-227517 can be seen here: http://shelterphotos.zenfolio.com/p36107087/h1c39506e#h1c39506e
I think this dog would make an excellent companion and family pet and I urge you to go and spend some time meeting him. When you do, be sure to pet his head and scratch his ears for me.