The dog they called Ghost didn’t have much going for him in his life. He started out as just another mutt, an accidental mix of Shepherd and Rottweiler. When he was only eight months old he was found with a wire around his mid-section that was so tight it had to be surgically removed. He was named Ghost because white hair had grown in on his surgical scar.
So he had to spend what was left of his cute puppy stage recuperating in a cage with special food and rest when he should have been socialized and living with a family that loved him. For three years he sat in his cage with little chance of adoption.
But he had some good luck too. He had been rescued by the Humane Society of Akron and not sent to the pound. There was a cage available for him when he was brought in. The workers housebroke him, crate trained him and gave him affection, hoping that someday he would find someone who would want him.
And then Ted Moore came into his life, looking for another dog to adopt. In February he had adopted another formerly abused dog from the Humane Society. “The first two weeks were a challenge,” he said. Then ”she became a model citizen.”
Ghost reacted the way he always did to strangers, shy and distrustful, but Moore saw something in him that no one else had.
At first “the Rottweiler came out in him,” Moore said. “They don’t always present themselves as good companions.” But he could see that the dog called Ghost was eager to be a good dog. He was housebroken and crate trained so Moore didn’t have to worry about the dog taking apart his home.
Ghost, now called Jonas, has found his home at last as a calm and loving friend.