Courtesy Posting: THIS IS A HEARTBREAKING SITUATION- SWEET, GENTLE BEAR WAS ABANDONED IN A VACANT, RURAL HOME AND WANDERING THE AREA FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS! A GOOD SAMARITAN BEGAN FEEDING HIM, EARNED HIS TRUST, AND VETTED HIM, BUT NOW HE SITS IN BOARDING SO DESERVING OF LOVE- PLEASE HELP US FIND A LOVING, FOREVER HOME OR LOCAL FOSTER, OR RESCUE WHO CAN HELP? BEAR ENJOYS COMPANY OF OTHER DOGS. 'BEAR' Greater Houston Area, TX (north of Houston, some transport may be available to qualified homes) Bear is described by his finder as follows: 'He has a very sweet disposition, easy going, seems content to lay around. He absolutely looooooves being brushed. He also loves his face rubbed, either just your hand or with a towel. He's very gentle taking food.' But, sadly, two years ago, Bear was abandoned by an owner who moved away and left him to starve in a rural area outside of Houston. Thankfully, this good Samaritan returned to feed and check on him regularly and said, 'He got to the point that he knew my car and my voice and would come running down the road or off the railroad tracks (he often slept under railroad cars that were parked), jumping and yipping in happiness. And slowly but surely he started hanging around closer and closer to my place, until he eventually just laid in my yard or under my carport, just watching everything going on around him. He never barked at people or dogs walking by.' After many months to earn his trust, they were finally able to capture him, given he did not initially trust humans or strangers after what he had gone though. Now fondly named Bear, he has since warmed up significantly, and we have many videos of Bear with people and other dogs so you can see his sweet and calm disposition, including being brushed and taking treats gently. Bear has now been recently neutered & vaccinated and vetted and even working with a trainer now. Bear weighs 75 lbs and the vet believes he is approximately 7 - 9 years young and medically sound. We do not know his exact breed or breeds, but we think golden retriever, shepherd and chow mix. Bear has a beautiful coat and a calm disposition. Most importantly, he needs a loving, patient and forever home he so deserves, or a foster and or rescue asap since the good Samaritan is quite ill and unable to have a dog in her rental. Sitting in boarding is also no place for him, but he has started to bond with several workers there who adore him. The good Samaritan/finder also provided further details and said, 'I could tell Bear was lonely and tired of being alone and a home which broke my heart. We've developed such a bond of trust and love over these many months, and he's been instrumental in my recovery. We intentionally gave Bear plenty of time at the vet to adjust and decompress. He's been good with the staff. An area trainer will meet with me and Bear at the vet this week to do an evaluation and perhaps some light leashing. I've never seen him show aggression toward a person or dog. He's naturally a bit standoffish with strangers; he just backs away or walks away. He's laid-back, happy to lounge around and also happy to jig slowly alongside of me. He jumps sideways and whines and chatters when happy. He didn't even bark at the UPS truck at the veterinarian the other day and is oblivious to the dogs on the kennels next to him. He walked away when a weekend neighbor walked her five Pomeranians by him twice. First time, no response at all. Second time he got up and walked away as they were yipping and lunging on their leashes toward him. When I pet or brush him, when he's done he'll either walk away and lay down or he'll lay down next to me. Not overly affectionate, but he does give licks on my hands and face. He has taken time with me to trust but I never doubted him. I made a commitment to him around two years ago that I would do anything and everything possible to get him safe and loved in a good forever home. (Unfortunately he can't be with me due to my lease; otherwise I'd take him in half a heartbeat.)' Bear now needs a safe and secure place to go where he is loved and can learn to trust humans again. He has probably never lived inside a home so some potty training may be necessary. But again, he is now working with a trainer which should also help. We have video of Bear with other dogs, and can try to test and get a video with cats for those who may be interested. These and additional pictures & updates will be found on his facebook post at: https://www.facebook.com/783968124/posts/10165056337738125/?mibextid=YHFMpa (copy/paste into browser to vi If you are interested in learning more about Bear to adopt or foster, or would like to contribute to his care, please contact [email protected] at Southern California Chow Chow Rescue Network who assisting in this heartbreaking situation. We are looking for a responsible, forever home, or a foster in the Dallas or Houston area, or a foster for another rescue, if further away.