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John E. K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We fostered a little sick pup from this Schnauzer rescue and decided to keep him in his forever home. Gail the owner was amazing and we are now a permanent foster family helping this wonderful organization and other families to get schnauzers rescued and back to health and adopted out for other families. Such an honor to be able to help Gail and other foster families

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3

Client Served

Rating: 1

My husband and I adopted a little fellow named Earnie a month and a half ago. When We went to pick him up at his foster home he barked and growled at the door which indicated to me he was a nervous and fearful dog. We came in and he continued barking at us, we ignored him, he sniffed our shoes and kept a close eye on us, he would growl if we moved. The foster parent shared that he came from an elderly couple who was unable to care for him any longer. Additionally, she shared that he had nipped the first foster parent while trying to groom him and that is why he was with her. In spite of his apparent aggressive behavior, we decided to take him anyway and give him a chance. We felt that Earnie was confused and fearful from all the moving around and that perhaps some consistency would eventually even him out. Both Gayle and Cathy were surprised we took him. We were correct in our assumption, within a weeks time he learn to trust us and he would let us do anything to him. I had my vet come but she had a hard time w him, yes he did try to bite her. We felt he needed more time and training, waited another week and had the groomer come, he tried again to bite, but she managed to groom him anyway. This is when I reached out to Gayle and shared my problem w Earnie. My vet had suggested he be put down, but I still had hopes that he could be saved and reached out to Gayle to help. She immediately asked that I return the dog back to the previous foster parent and that she would put him through w her behaviorists for training who charges $800 to $1200 for training. The previous foster could not take him back, so she asked that I keep him until she could find someone else. A month passed, meanwhile, I called her trainer and asked for some guidance in terms of dealing with Gayle and with Earnie which he provided. We learned to love this dog, we never saw him as being aggressive, he was loving and obedient. We told Gayle we still wanted to keep him but that we needed her trainer to come and show us how to handle his fear w people and children. I sent her emails which she never responded to and when I finally reached her she said she didn't have time to read them. I could not believe that after all this time of caring and loving Earnie she felt that we had made him aggressive and he was not like that. Did she forget his previous history so soon? We figured that maybe w such a high stressed job she was confused and had made a mistake in her judgement. I called her again and suggested that since we could not afford to hire her behaviorists we would try and find other ways of helping Earnie. At this point, she committed herself to getting him evaluated and trained by her behaviorist, but not in my place. She said she wanted another foster parent to learn her trainers methodology because they had worked together before. I objected to having him moved again to another home after seeing how happy he was with us. I shared that it seemed cruel having this poor dog go through more anxiety then he already been through, but, I succumbed reluctantly to her wishes thinking of the benefits Earnie would get by being trained with such an expert as Gary. We accorded that he would get evaluated and trained and come back to us in a couple of weeks. I called to check up on him but I would never get specifics about his progress, finally, she stopped returning my calls. We were devastated and confused when Gayle finally called and shared that she was not giving him back to us because she felt that we had triggered all these behaviors and that he did not display any of them at the new foster parents home, which we most certainly did not believe, and that he obviously did not need any therapeutic intervention. She did not let me talk and I had to write her an email of my objections and concerns about my poor Earnie. We felt that Gayle was just acting irresponsibly and using poor Earnie to get back at my vet and my groomer for sharing a different opinion. I begged her to please leave Earnie where he was if He was truly happy there. I also suggested that she step down from her leadership position because she obviously had lost the element of compassion that had gotten her there in the first place and advised her to let go of her cravings for power which she misused with us through deceit and manipulation. We did not deserve that treatment, we are good people who only wanted the best for Earnie.