“Jonah” was found in Chattanooga, TN abandoned on a road. He was picked up and cared for by a rescue group called Labs4Rescue. He was emaciated at 53 pounds, and was terrified of people.
After much veterinary care in Tennessee, it was decided that “Jonah” would be transported to NJ to live with a foster family until an appropriate adoption could be approved.
Frank and Nancy began the adoption approval process with Labs4Rescue. The review was extensive – multiple personal references, vet references on the care of Boomer and Bear for the past 10 years, and a home visit! All references were required to speak live to Labs4Rescue! In the end, the adoption process took 4-6 weeks!
After approval, Frank and Nancy picked up “Jonah” from the NJ foster family to bring him to his new home at One Brooklyn Bridge Park. He was promptly renamed “Jake” to give him a fresh start. Jake's first month in his new home was a rough one as he was fearful of many things. He would not walk into any room other than the living room – crossing a threshold into another room was impossible for him.
When Frank would come into the room, or come home from work, Jake would dive under the dining room table and behind furniture. He also had difficulty walking on leash and dealing with traffic noises.
After a visit from a trainer, Frank and Nancy were “trained” to allow Jake to adjust on his own timetable, and got great counsel about avoiding eye contact with Jake. By the end of the first month, Jake would stand beside Frank in the living room.
Eventually, Jake took a few steps across the threshold into the bedroom. The progress was slow but very rewarding to experience! Now, two years after adoption, Jake is a “daddy’s boy”, and let’s just say, he’s gained a “substantial” amount of weight! He is estimated to be approximately 4 years old. He loves walks with his Little Dipper friends, and his occasional trips to Doggy Camp in New Hampshire!