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March 30, 2022

Butch and Sundance -Adopted

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Written by: josh

Butch and Sundance are a great American rescue story. A couple Cocker spaniel-border collie mixes that survived long enough to be saved. Butch and Sundance got their names just like you would imagine, or close to it. Our boys were Wild West ruffians, who took what they could from whom they could. They may not have been leaders of the “Hole in the Wall Gang”, or any gang for that matter, but they had been deemed Tehachapi’s Misfit Mutts. Just like the Movie, Our Sundance is a man of action and very outspoken, whereas Butch is more of a thinker and the quiet, cunning type. So the real Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid robbed trains and banks and where on the run from the Pinkerton squad, while our boys merely scratched a living eating out of trash cans, taking what was offered them while making sure to allude the Dog Catcher. So maybe their plights aren’t very similar and the general comparison may be completely unfair, but I will say this- our boys are as handsome as Robert Redford and Paul Newman!

We had received calls about these Misfit Mutts for months but we, nor anybody else could bring them in, they were too scared and too elusive. Butch and Sundance’s days on the streets finally came to end a few weeks ago, when ordinary townsfolk, with the aid of yours truly, finally pinned them down. True to form, they would not go without a fight and struggled till the last proverbial round. When finally I had them in the back of the truck, I gave them a snout to tail inspection and was surprised not to find an older, grizzled crew but a couple of kids, mere adolescents at best. It became obvious that the two were not best friends but brothers of no more than one year of age. They are the same age and, while their faces are different, the feel of their fur is exactly the same Who knows how long they’d suffered on the streets- scratching an existence in flea infested burrows- my guess is most of their lives. We needed to turn our Misfit Mutts into Golden Boys, which would take a lot of work, careful assimilation and patience. Dogs are resilient and aim to please, which is why after only a few days, the boys were starting to fit in. They began to eat with the others without getting aggressive; house training was a breeze and they began to give and take affection. Dogs that used to death-role like alligators when leashed now walk perfectly on leash. As a matter of fact, I have such confidence in them that we have begun off leash training with great success. Our boys are just dogs now and enjoy pack living up at the rescue with the others. They are perfectly crate trained, house trained, leash trained and have proven to spectacular with other dogs as well as children. Butch and Sundance have struggled and suffered and worked hard to overcome the hand that life dealt them. Let’s help make sure that the rest of their years are spent with a loving family that loves them like this community has. Our boys may be adopted together but we actually prefer that they go to separate homes where they can continue to grow, not dependent in any way on each other. Applications for adoption can be filled out at Marleysmutts.com.

 
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