Tylee – A Special Needs Puppy in Need of Help in Oregon

by Denise Carey-Costa

If Autism was diagnosed in animals, Tylee, a ten-month-old Staffordshire/Dogo Argentino mix, displays the classic symptoms. Although she is a sweet dog, she is completely disconnected from everything outside her own little world. Loud noises, out of ordinary routines, unusual types of dressing/appearances upset her easily.

She is not accepted by any dog communities, or other dogs, who seem to notice she has an abnormal mentality. Other dogs (except her own mother) just want to hurt her. Tylee, along with her brothers and sisters, was rescued by the Animal Coalition Unlimited in Portland, Oregon.

When Tylee was just eight weeks old, she was just like any other puppy; a soft, squirming bundle of fur with a sparkle in her eyes. At that time her future seemed bright. However, over time the sparkle in her eyes diminished, and her abnormal behavior started showing when she was about 16 weeks old. The challenges seemed to increase significantly right after she turned 6 months old.

She used to go on puppy outings three times a week, but one day during her routine daily walk in the city, she suddenly freaked out and managed to slip away from her handler for a brief moment. That incident made Animal Coalition Unlimited realize that Tylee couldn’t be walked in public for her own safety. The stress from cars passing by, delivery men walking around the sidewalk delivering packages, and all other colorful elements around her were just too much for her to handle.

Her guardian still takes her for car rides on the weekends to have her see the outside “normal” world, but she must travel in a crate with a nice, soft bed for comfort and her own safety. Tylee finds her biggest joy in life playing with her ball. She is very good catching the ball in the air; either on the way up or down. She will leap joyfully, over and over again and catch it almost every time.

Despite her detachment, Tylee is a very smart dog that learned to understand several commands faster than her siblings. But, she will only do it if she knows you are going to let her fetch the bouncing ball afterwards. You can’t let her down/give her false hope, because it will put her mind wondering and for this type of disability, she should be provided with a set routine at all times. Although Tylee is a special needs dog, who basically lives in her own world, she is not a submissive dog. She will fight back regardless of the size of the other dogs. Animal Coalition Unlimited has been able to prevent anything bad from happening to her by understanding what things may trigger her to react.

Although she is quite smart, and loves to play fetch, at ten months old her future looks bleak with no home and a challenging road ahead. There are only three people Tylee allows to be around her and only because they have been around her since she was born. She won’t let other volunteers handle her or come close to her.

Tylee spends much of her time outside, just sitting quietly, staring up at the sky, possibly wondering what kind of future she will have. Tylee did not ask to be born this way, however, she deserves a chance to live a full life, feeling loved and a sense of belonging. Unlike her brothers and sisters, she is not yet ready to be put up for adoption.

If and when the time comes, Tylee will need a very special person to adopt her. When that person is found, her adoption fee will be waived. To make sure she is going to be cared for properly,  the potential adopter will have to sign a 6 months trial period contract prior to transferring ownership.

Any questions, please email: animalcoalitionunlimited@gmail.com. Or visit their Facebook page .

If you would like to help Tylee, donations are needed towards her continued care, training and upkeep.

Donations can be made via https://squareup.com/store/GivingPLEDGE/.

*This story first appeared in Pet Rescue Report and is reposted here with the author’s permission.

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa is a screenwriter, journalist, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her most recent work includes the role of screenwriter and associate producer for the Hallmark channel’s upcoming feature film Keeping Christmas (Christmas 2017). She was awarded the Best Producer Award from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for her latest documentary Growing up with Hollywood (January 2016). Her first documentary film Tony’s Tale, Tragedy in Arizona (August 2014) was the winner of eight national film festival awards including several Audience Choice Awards. She has also written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures. Among her children’s books are: A Tale of Three Tails, Edwin’s Flight, Lucky, and Angelina’s Angel, and her non-fiction piece, Tony’s Tale Tragedy in Arizona.  She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she works with local rescue shelters.

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