Thanks so much to AprilsMom for the links, and to you, JMB9101 and Juliet9521 for offering your transport assistance. I just couldn't bear the thought of the owners taking either dog to a kill shelter, so I went ahead and took both dogs yesterday evening. Whatta nightmare ... I had originally planned on giving the Cocker Spaniel to my sister as an X-mas gift, as she's been wanting one, and her Lhasa is very old, partially blind and not going to live much longer. The Cocker is ... well, let's just say that I've nicknamed him "Satan". The Dalmation, however, is an absolute sweetie. I was expecting the opposite.
The Cocker is not suitable for my sister, as he will require very extensive training, and has major behavioral problems. My aunt has decided to take him, as she's best suited and has the experience, so he's going to her house tomorrow.
The Dalmation still needs a home though. I have his AKC papers, and found that he's actually 7 years old, not neutered, not current on vaccinations, not on heartworm medication, has been on a "Wal-Mart" kibble diet, and has a rear leg scrape and left nose wound, which the owners told me was the result of both dogs escaping their dog pen 2 days ago, and the Dal got hit by a car. They said that the vet wanted $500 to stitch him up, and they couldn't afford it, so they bought the antibacterial ointment and applied it instead. I don't see how his particular wounds coincide with a "car hit" though. Regardless, you can still see a partial open wound under his left nostril if you lift up his head, but it's healing quickly, with no signs of infection. I presume that there will be a small scar there once fully healed, but shouldn't be noticeable, unless you're looking for it. The scrape on his leg ... I can't say that the hair will grow back fully, but it's a small abrasion on the lower portion, by his upper pad, so I expect that the hair will grow back. Otherwise, he appears to be extremely healthy and energetic, but docile at the same time. To me, he's like the "model" dog ... just needs house and leash training ... as well as basic command training, if you desire, and LOTS of love. He doesn't jump, haven't heard him bark not once (not even while crated), and I haven't noticed any annoying habits, but he does pull very hard on the leash, and I presume he's around 80 lbs. or lil more, so you'll need some "muscle" to handle him until he's fully trained.
It appears that he's familiar with the "sit" command, but lies down instead. As far as bathing, I put in him in my bathtub earlier (a place he's never gone before, from what I was told) ... and I believe it. If you place him in front of the tub, stand behind him, then lift his front legs into the tub, then the rear, he's fine ... but he will try to get out ... just have to stay on-guard to confine him. I'm sure he'll do much better after a few bathings, as all of my other dogs have. He had about 14 fleas on him, but I believe I've removed them all from the bath. If not, I'll give him a topical flea treatment tomorrow.
This Dal is soooo sweet and need LOTS of love, as he's been tortured by the Cocker for the past 4-5 years ... which I feel that the owners didn't even realize. He needs to be an indoor dog as an only pet and be loved, pampered and spoiled, so that he'll receive FULL attention and spend the rest of his life getting the treatment he so rightfully deserves. BTW, he doesn't demand attention ... just deserves it! Poor baby doesn't even know what true love is.
I've decided to foster the Dalmation (Earnhardt) for as long as it takes to get him a good home. In the meantime, I'll keep everyone updated on the house-breaking and other training. If anyone is interested in him, please post and ask any other questions you may have. I'll try to post some pix of him as soon as I can. AND, he's still free to a GOOD home. I'm not asking for any money. I just want him to be loved and taken care of, cuz he really deserves it.