Abigail Mae

Quick Bio

Age: Young (1-3 years old)
Gender: Female
Breed: Bulldog (English)
Size: Large (over 20 kg)
Colour: Brown & White
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with vaccinations
  • House trained
  • Crate trained
  • Walks well on leash
  • Special needs
Adoption Status: Adopted
Description: 

Name: Abigail Mae
Breed: English bulldog
Date of Birth: December 19th, 2009
Temperament: 80% Lazy, 15% Playful, 5% Aggressive (When Disciplined or Provoked)

As of February 2012 she was spayed, micro-chipped, UTD on all shots.

We were the fourth family to care for Abby; she is almost three years old. We took her for a family who could not care for her last December who moved out of Korea. Abby was an abused dog and shows signs of abuse. She does not show signs of aggression unless she feels she is in danger, provoked or disciplined. She gives you a warning bark, turns around and snaps at you/does not bite if you touch her with your feet while she is sleeping. If you point your finger at her and yell at her she will try to snap at your finger at times. If you EVER hit her to discipline her, she will bark and snap at you if you continue to show signs of aggression she will defend herself. She can be very scary if you are not aware that she will do this, not can do, she WILL do.

She is very protective because of her history of abuse and needs a caretaker that is kind, patient and very affectionate! We had our baby in August and since our daughter was born Abby has become very aggressive and territorial. We are not able to provide the rehabilitation, time and care that she needs as she is a danger in our home. We have a newborn and Abby has showed signs of aggression towards our infant so, sadly, we must find Abby a new home. I cannot risk having my newborn baby’s extremities in Abby’s mouth again…

We have patiently tried to work with her for two months on countering her aggression towards our newborn. We have went to Cesar Milan’s website, read his blogs, reached out his to his blogs for advice, read books, inquired with friends, neighbors and family, consulted with several trainers and experienced dog handlers, vet clinics and websites on how to deal with this issue to no avail.

Abby is very smart! Abby knows commands of sit, stay, and come. After telling her to sit, tell her to say “please” and she will bark once. When you meet her you can put your hand out and say nice to meet you and “shake” and she will shake your hand! Abby does not bark much. If the door bell rings or she hears a disturbance outside she will bark two to four times to make sure you are aware. Other than that she does not bark much at all. She LOVES her showers! When I ask her “bath with mommy” she RUNS straight into our shower room and loves her wash downs. I always gave her a good scrub/massage and she could not be any happier. She will wait quietly and contently until you get a towel and dry her off and then immediately take her outside to relieve herself.

She loves her treats and will run to you when she hears you say the word treats or even when she hears her treat jar being shaken. She loves to sit next to you at the table when you eat but will not bark or beg for food. Her temperament is mostly very lazy; she loves to sleep all day long. She does not care for long walks and gets out breath very easily. She can overheat very easily in the summer.

She is house trained; when she needs to go outside she will find you and either sit and stare at you and whine or she may just paw you gently, she never barks to go outside. The minute you get outside she will do her business, there is no delay!

During my pregnancy, she was very protective of me. She would not allow males to come near me while walking her outside. She was not this way with anyone else, even with my husband she was very loving and affectionate with him. I believe her abuser must have been a male because she is very cautious when new males come up to her, it is best to get down to her level with treats and let her come to you.

Please know that Abby is a very loyal and loving dog. She loves to play with her toys and she is very affectionate. As long as you are a kind and loving to her she will reciprocate. Please consider her for adoption.

Adoption Fee: ₩50,000
Location: Daegu - 대구
Living Situation: In a shelter
Adopted From: KAPS: Daegu

Comments

Karen's picture

May I ask what happened to Abigail Mae? Is she OK?

Abigail's picture

Abigail is being brought to a shelter on October 14th.

Sofia's picture

Hello! My name is Sofia. What shelter is that?
Could you please e-mail me ASAP? Thank you very much.

Abigail's picture

Abigail was brought to KAPS: Korean Animal Protection Society on October 14th, 2012.
They are located in Daegu. Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KAPSAnimals?fref=ts
Here is their webpage: http://www.koreananimals.net
Here is their address: 1593-19, Daemyoung-10 Dong, Nam-Gu , Daegu 705-815

emmat191's picture

Hi Everyone,
Abigail was brought to KAPS yesterday. I am going to pop in tonight and see how she is doing. We are a bit worried she will be dog aggressive which unfortunately would limit how long KAPS will keep her as we simply don't have the space for dog aggressive dogs.
The KAPS team is working to help her, we suspect the best option for her happiness might be to find a breed specific shelter in the States who will take her and ship her there.
If anyone has any contacts who could help or an interest in fostering or working with Abigail, please do let us know.
You can contact me at KAPS on kaps.volunteering@gmail.com
We will try to update with pictures at our next dog walk. We would appreciate any help you can give to get this dog a happy ending.
Emma@KAPS

emmat191's picture

Went to visit Abigail at the shelter today. It's not good news I'm afraid. She is happy enough in herself but she doesn't like other dogs. This means we can't put her in a cage, so she is outside. But apparently she wasn't good with the Shih Tzu's out there so she is chained up and fenced in. Unfortunately this is not something the shelter can keep up forever. Hopefully after a few days she will settle in. She was great with me though, we had a cuddle and I gave her a back rub. She was happy for me to touch her which is a great sign. We really need someone with Bulldog experience willing to foster or adopt her.

Abigail's picture

Please, everyone, just know Abby is a really smart and loving dog. Although she does not get along with other animals and is not good around small children merely due to her size combined with strength she has never bitten anyone or anything. She exhibits her aggressiveness to other dogs because she is territorial and scared. She is a very loving, affectionate and very very playful dog. She is extremely smart, P-L-E-A-S-E give her a chance to melt your heart. She is only 3 years old and was abused and neglected for more than half of that. She is so smart, here are some examples: When I threw her a treat and it landed underneath a moving swing she timed the swing so that when she reached for the treat she did not get hit! One time she had a rope in her mouth with knots at either end and wanted to play while I was on the phone, standing there with my foot crossed over the other one so she took the rope and LODGED it between my legs and played tug of war with herself! There are so many more examples of how cute and smart Abigail is! I beg that someone just gives her a chance and fosters her until she can find a permanent home. PLEASE!

geegcurtin's picture

She is absolutely adorable! I really hope that everything works out for this poor girl...what a rough life to have gone through! Hopefully her happy ever after will come soon.

emmat191's picture

Apparently Abigail was adopted yesterday. I am working on getting an adoption pic. She was adopted by a Korean who had previously adopted a Rottweiler from KAPS but the dog died from Canine Influenza. Ms Moon (manager of the shelter) says the adopter is great with dogs and hopefully having had a Rotty before will be fine with Abigail. Fingers crossed it works out well and Abigail has finally found her forever home.

Abigail's picture

I forgot to bring her vaccination book to the shelter but she was born December 19, 2009.

On February 18th, 2012 she received the following vaccinations:
1. Canine Distemper-Adenovirus Type 2 Parainfluenza-Parvovirus Vaccine (DHPPL)
2. Canine Coronavirus Vaccine
3. Bordetella Bronchiseptics Bacterin (Kennel Cough)
4. Rabies Vaccine (Killed Virus)

She is due for all of the above shots this February 2013.
She was also spayed, micro-chipped and also her nails were shortened surgically because during her lifetime none of her nails were ever cared for and they were mangled.

So great to hear she was adopted!

myrtlemama's picture

I am the mother/mother-in-law of the last owners. I visited with them in S. Korea for 2 months while they had Abigail and before the birth of the baby. Before my visit, I sent a t-shirt of mine so Abby would get used to my smell. When I arrived, she greeted me with kisses. I never had a problem with her adjusting to my being there. Her and I used to take walks and I never saw any sign of aggression toward any male, child or any person. I was warned about using certain hand gestures with her but even if I forgot, she didn't snap or growl at me. Abby was never anything but loving and affectionate with me during my visit. She is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever known.
After the baby was born, Abby showed no aggressive tendencies while I was there. I believe that was because I was able to spend the time with her that she needed. The new parents were naturally busy with the baby. There were also 3 of us to share the duties. Maybe a combination of my leaving and the lack of attention contributed to her change in attitude.
I firmly believe that a home with a loving couple, no children and no other animals would bring Abby back to her loving self. She wants to be loved and deserves a home that will give her the attention she deserves. With just a little love and attention, you will have a dog who will give you so much more in return.

Sofia's picture

Emma, could you please keep us updated IF for some reason it won't work out with this adoption? Thank you very much.
I believe we will be able to help, if it will be needed.

emmat191's picture

Here is Abigail with her new owner. Fingers crossed this will be her forever home. We have asked to be told if the family are having problems at all or if they consider bringing her back so we can help.
Thanks everyone for all your help, we are so glad this ended happily.

Abigail's picture

Emma,

I am just curious. Do you know if the new owners have small children or other animals in their home?

emmat191's picture

We have tried to get more information about the new owners but so far no, sorry I don't know. Ms Moon was told about Abigail's history though so hopefully we needn't worry. One thing that is different about most Koreans to most Foreigners is that Koreans are happy to bring the dogs back to the shelter. This means that if they have a problem she will come back (it is part of the Korean KAPS adoption contract). The people who adopted her know KAPS and so I feel sure would tell KAPS if they were having problems. We have asked to be notified if this happens or if Abigail comes back to the shelter in the hope that we can help.
Fingers crossed we needn't worry and everything will turn out fine.