UPDATE 08-19-2009
Logan is another of the West Palm Beach dogs. He is living in St. Petersburg with Scott and his wife. He has company and works on training during the day, then gets lots of vigorous exercise with Scott in the evening. Logan is a beautiful brown boy and is very active. I have been swimming with him since he was adopted and he has developed into a very relaxed dog considering that the first night I fostered him he refused to come in the house (he had never lived in a house and it was scary!). We spent most of the night out on the deck until I gave up and called Laurel at 6:00am. Laurel was wonderful about advising me – when I got Logan he would ‘hit the ground’ completely flat and refuse to move if something scared him. And most things (new situations, the vet, rugs, carpet, floors) scared him. I spent a lot of time in public dragging Logan on his belly into new situations. Now he is sociable, very friendly to everyone and everything, and is out and about seeing that the world really is a good place. For me the best reward for fostering Logan was that he jumped right into Scott’s SUV when he came to pick Logan up. For a dog that absolutely refused to get in the van a month earlier, it was a wonderful thing to see. Scott and Logan are planning to attend the Xmas parade in and he will walk as an example of what rescue and committed adopters can do to change a dog’s life.

UPDATE 05-30-2009
Looks like Logan has found his forever home. The Smith family had lost their black newfie a few months ago so they are very happy to see a very spirited boy back in there house. Logan's album has been updated with pictures with his new family.

Logan is a brown neutered male who was 2 years old on May 23rd. He is healthy, heartworm negative and was vet checked this week. He has a fear of new things, has never lived in a house before and is going to need some time to be introduced to lots of new things. When he first faces something new he lies down and refuses to get up, but if you force him to do it he's fine the next time. And no matter how stressful a situation might be for him he has been consistently even tempered about it. He will now go in and out of the house, jump in and out of the van, use my dog ramp, and go into the vet's office. But for all of these he had to be forcefully encouraged the first time.

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He needs to be introduced to a lot of new things in order to get over his fears. He will be in foster for at least a month so he can get accustomed to visiting the pet store, the noise of vacuum cleaners, etc. He will need an experienced owner to continue to learn that new things are good. He is wonderful with other dogs, large and small, very sweet and loves baths, brushing and being near you. He will bond very well, I'm sure. He is 108 pounds, a shorter Newfie, with a broad head and short nose, and will probably be 120-130 when fully filled out.

Logan is one of four Newfs from the east coast of Florida who came into rescue this past weekend. These are basically good tempered, healthy dogs that were very badly neglected; none of these dogs know their name. They smelled horribly so the first order of business was to get them bathed, and the worst mats cut out. They were all owned by one person who bred one litter of Newfs and then quit. Their breeder became ill and kept the dogs ungroomed, untrained and neglected in her garage or left outside in a crate. Thankfully she did give them up to us instead of selling them on, but all of them need to learn basic manners and how to live in a house. We will be keeping them in foster care until they are comfortable with more situations, and then hope to place at least a couple of them with experienced dog owners, and preferably Newfie owners so they continue to be part of the family. These are dogs that really deserve a new life. They’ve been in a stressful living environment and have been transported to foster care and all of them have been remarkably sweet natured about it. All of these dogs are starved for affection and consistent care and training so being willing to provide that will be a major factor in choosing adoptive homes.

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