“Hi, I’m Gus.  I am just a happy and goofy guy from Georgia.  I was rescued by Old Fella Rescue, and lucky for me they send all their dogs to NEAS, even the ones with medical issues like me.  You see, I was born with a heart problem, but NEAS still wanted me! 

I arrived in Salem last month and I sure got a lot of attention.  I went to see a special heart doctor, who did some tests, gave me some pills, and said I was OK to be adopted.  But, then I had diarrhea … yuck.  NEAS figured out out why – I was eating my poop.  Hey, no one told me not to, so how was I supposed to know?  The nice people at NEAS gave me some tasty food instead of kibble and it did the trick.

Then something wonderful happened.  A family said they wanted me!  The really incredible thing is they live in Michigan, and they have two other dogs, one who also has a heart condition. 

My new mom and dad drove all the way to Salem to get me, and I got to ride in their car all the way to Michigan.  It was so much fun.  NEAS gave me a send-off care package filled with Kongs.  At each rest stop, I got to meet new people, and I even slept in a hotel, but not on the bed.  Mom told me to be quiet, and I did, but you know, for a hound dog like me, I prefer to howl for the whole world to hear.  I decided instead to be on my best behavior.  I didn’t want to mess up a good thing.

I’m now settled into my new home.  I love to play with my youngest sister and I am very respectful of my older sister, a 13 year old basset hound (the one with the heart condition).

This is really a great place.  I play in a big back yard, with lots of grass, but best of all, I’m so loved, and I’m loving them back as much as I can.”