Hop is one of six puppies rescued from a backyard breeder in Tennessee. There were many more seized and through the partnership of several rescues across the US and shelters and local law enforcement, all were placed in rescues. ALL of the pups were extremely unsocialized, very fearful of people, and heartworm positive. Their lives to date had been spent crowded in outdoor cages with little access to people, regular care or vetting. Some were so matted they had to be shaved and were ALL intact (neither spayed or neutered). Unfortunately several have crossed the rainbow bridge due to health issues and complications related to their heartworm treatment.
Hop is still not allowing himself to be touched, unless there is food around and it is on his terms. He is slowly getting better but may never be comfortable around people. He is also likely vision-impaired, though he does get around great and can maneuver around objects and other dogs and doors with no issues. He loves to play with other dogs, and can often be found wrestling with his foster brothers and sisters. He has gone through fast kill heartworm treatment but will need to get retested to confirm current heartworm status.