Tino Meets the World

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I haven’t written about our dog Tino in awhile, so I thought it was time for another Tale of Tails, Tino style.

When we rescued Tino, he was sick with distemper. Very sick. He and his brother Bernie lived in our backyard and carport recovering for weeks. We had to euthanize Bernie once the distemper took hold of his brain and he started having seizures. But Tino recovered – a testament to his inner strength.

Young Tino - maybe 2 years old

Young Tino – maybe 2 years old

We kept him isolated in the yard and away from our Sally until the vet gave the all clear. Once Tino was cleared for socialization and exercise we were anxious to get him out for some walks in the neighborhood. He had an injured back leg – we weren’t sure what had happened, whether he’d been hit by a car or kicked or what, but he couldn’t use his rear left leg at all. But that didn’t stop him, he hobbled around all over the yard without problem and I wanted him to build up some strength after being so sick.

The first day we tried to take him out for a walk in the neighborhood he refused. We got him to the end of the driveway and he put on the brakes and would not go further. We tried to get him to go out multiple times and he just would not leave the edge of the property. Even using Sally to lead him, he refused. Food didn’t entice him, being a little forceful didn’t work…he was just not leaving our yard.

Finally, one day I decided to put him in the car and drive him to the park with Sally. He got in the car just fine as he’d been doing that all along for trips to the vet. I got him in and drove to the park and he loved it! This park had just a short trail with a little bit of a stream. I kept him on the leash the whole time, but he had a grand time sniffing and smelling and getting wet in the mud.

The next day, I thought I would try a walk in the neighborhood again and surprise, surprise, he walked down the driveway to the street and around the block without a problem, no stopping at the end of the driveway, no refusals at all and no coaxing required.

I often wonder what it was that made him realize that it was okay to leave the property. Would that simple trip to the park have made that difference? Was it that we brought him back from the park? I’m sure there were deep abandonment issues going on, but I don’t know – he’d been to the vet multiple times and been brought back. Whatever it was, whatever insight he got, or dots he connected in his head, I’m grateful as it opened up a whole new world for Tino and he enjoyed every second of it.

We had his leg repaired a couple of months later, after he got his strength back and he was soon going for daily runs with the family.

Sally plays nurse to recovering Tino.

Sally plays nurse to recovering Tino.

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  1. Your Tino was a hero, it’s a giant step for a dog to leave all this fears and ghosts from the past behind.
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  2. Excellent post! I had a similar issue. I got a four-year-old dog who had been in two homes previously. She did not want to venture very far onto my property, even with my other dog until she went for a car ride………. since then there have been no problems. I also believe it was some kind of ‘abandonment’ issues. I still wonder what she was thinking………..

    • Interesting – I wonder what it is about the car ride…Thinking about it, our Maggie also got much braver at home once we took her to the dog park. I thought it was the dog park, but maybe it was the car ride??
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  3. Aw, I do love hearing more about sweet Tino.
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  4. Slim – I think he felt the love, so that’s why he went to the park. More stories about Tino please, there’s so much passion in your stories about him. Happy Monday – don’t forget to dance! (check out our post)
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    • Tino was a special dog and we loved him a LOT. He was just such a D.O.G.
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  5. Love Tino stories, he was so brave!

  6. Always great to hear about pups who grow in leaps and bounds.

  7. Can we request more Tino stories?
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    • That’s the third request today…so absolutely. I love writing about him.
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  8. Great story. I love dog dogs. I don’t understand people who don’t.
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  9. Awww, that made me cry. I can just imagine how happy he must have been to realize he wasn’t going to be dumped somewhere and that humans really loved him. Bless your hearts. ♥
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  10. Tino was such an amazing and inspiring dog! I also love all the stories about him.
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  11. He was a truly lucky dog, and he sure knew it. So happy they could repair his leg too.
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    • Me too – although it really didn’t slow him down, although it must have been painful.
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  12. Oh, sweet Tino. That\’s so great that he made the connection that he\’d always get to come back home. Reminds me of a Rita story… The first time we went out of town with Rita, she was SO anxious in the car. She stood in the backseat watching every turn we made. She\’s only lived with us about 2 months (and her full personality still hadn\’t even emerged, as we\’d later learn) and we joked that she was memorizing the route home in case we dumped her. But sadly – I think that\’s really what she was doing! On the way home from that trip, she happily slept in the backseat, but on the way out… she was a wreck, I guess wondering if we would bring her along back home!
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    • Poor thing…at least she knows now what a great situation she has.
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  13. What a sweet story. Our K also refused to leave our property, but it was when she was a little pup. We just gave it time, and she eventually followed the other dogs on our walks. But she hadn’t been through anything like what Tino had been through. Thanks for saving such a sweet dog!
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  14. awe what a great story and a brave little dude he was.
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  15. It’s nice to remember the pets we’ve loved so much even after they’re gone and it’s sweet to read stories about your amazing Tino. Thanks for sharing these. 🙂

  16. Oh I am sure it was taking him out and bringing him back that did it. 🙂
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  17. I love Tino and I love his story and his strong drive t survive. I’m sure his abandonment issues came into play, I wonder if the person who abandoned him put him on leash and walked him out of their life? Just a thought…still I’m glad you had the thought to try it via the car, and I bet walking around and bringing him back had a whole lot to do with his new attitude. 🙂
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  18. Aw, he sounded like such a sweetheart; you just never know what will inspire a pup to expand his comfort zone. <3
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