Arin was retrieved with the aid of a friend and the O.P.P. on December 22, 2001, after approximately 6 months of being in the charge of self-proclaimed "professional dog trainer" Adam C. Stone, also known as Corey Reddick, of Umbrella Dog Training in Stratford, Ontario, (his company may now be called "Puppy Wishes" and I believe he has left the Stratford area and may be in the Owen Sound or Collingwood area) . Adam Stone claims to be an aggressive dog trainer, specializing in re-training aggressive dogs. Arin was taken to my friend's home, whereupon I arrived three hours later to retrieve him. Both the O.P.P. and myself took numerous photos of Arin. All of the photos were turned over to the S.P.C.A. It was obvious (the O.P.P. made a note of this) that the dog had been washed with some extremely strong chemical agent because he wreaked of the odour from it and was staggering, disoriented and unable to stand or walk properly for over 24 hours. It smelled to me and my vet like some kind of chemical pesticide. I have since learned that Adam Stone has been successfully sued through the courts for reimbursement of veterinary costs incurred due to his neglect of severe illness of another client's dog in Adam's charge. He as also been successfully sued by another client as well. The O.P.P. has received previous complaint calls about Adam Stone from clients as well. I absolutely do not recommend this "dog trainer". He misled me numerous times. After seeing the condition of this dog, and what Adam Stone had told me about the condition and health of the dog, I no longer trust him.
Arin was taken immediately to
my vet who made several observations and suggestions, most especially to give
some liver support, as he felt that Arin was toxic from the chemical and that
his liver function was abnormal. Arin also had severe pyoderma (infected
dermatitis) which likely manifested because of severe flea or lice infestation
(which is likely why he had been bathed the day he was picked up in such
a strong chemical). From the condition of his hair and skin, it was
obvious he had been suffering from some type of infestation for some time. His immune system was low
because of the pyoderma, he was excruciatingly itchy and could not tolerate even
to be touched/petted (this is a dog who normally adores being petted and being
paid attention to). As you will see from the photos following, he had
severe hair loss along with his very low body weight, and many large body scars
which were not on him when he left here, as well as severe elbow calluses, with
one (the left) being so large as to be a hygroma. He had severe
atrophy of his musculature and particularly his back muscles. He was
unable to stand properly for several days nor could he run for several weeks and
then could not run properly or well for several months. It was also very
obvious that he had some emotional problems and was obviously depressed. Arin, who previously would
willingly go into a great dane sized crate (he is a very large greyhound) could
not be put into one. He would not willingly enter into it, not even for
his dinner would shake in anxiety at the very thought of entering the crate and
once when I managed to physically push him in, he shook in fear and
anxiety for the entire 20 minutes he was in there for dinner (definitely not a
normal behaviour for him). He would however, enter into an X-pen with less
trepidation, so for many months we used an x-pen to house him for supper time.
After many months he lost this un-natural fear of the crate and we were
able to get him to go in without him having an anxiety attack although still he
prefers the x-pen if he gets a choice.
Below are photos of his left side, front and rear
showing scars and missing hair....
ARIN'S TEETH - photos taken Dec 25, 2001:
NOW FOR THE PHOTOS TAKEN IN FEBRUARY 2002....
ON THE ROAD TO HEALING AND GOOD HEALTH....
And below is the right side taken from above while he was laying chomping
on a bone! (you can clearly see how he has gained back weight and that
his coat is getting nice and glossy!
Here is his left side, which also looks better although the bad scars
are still a bit visible.
Below are photos taken February 25th, outdoors which are I think a little easier to see! New "mouth/teeth" photos are included! The pearly whites are getting just that...pearly white....although there is a bit or tartar still to go on the canines.....
Of course, Arin still has a ways to go, but he is considerably better now than he was and we expect he will look even better in the next couple of months! The difference in him now, is like night and day and his transformation has been amazing to behold indeed!
Addendum: On July 14th, 2002, Arin actually was fit and sound enough to run in a CARA 200 yard straight race meet. He raced at several more meets following that and improved with each meet. We did not think back in February that he would ever race again, but he loves to run and he would not give up. He worked hard at getting himself better and better doing his runs in the field, letting us do physio and massage with him until he had the muscle strength once again to chase that wild fake bunny! We are so happy for him......
July 18, 2003: Since uploading this page, I have been contacted by several clients of Adam Stone's who have had similar experiences with Mr. Stone. As well, I became aware of this link which outlines another person's experiences with Mr. Adam Stone of Umbrella Dog Training (be advised the photos are unsettling): http://www3.sympatico.ca/peter.walker5/adamstone_main.html
Addendum March 13th, 2004: It is with great sadness that we announce that Arin left us for the Rainbow Bridge. I realize that his immune system suffered such a devastation that he developed bone cancer. (Here is an interesting web site on stress/emotional distress and cancer: http://germannewmedicine.ca/documents/firstlaw.html) In December 2003, Arin developed a limp and growth, and was then diagnosed with bone cancer. We made the decision to amputate his leg. After the amputation, he was also experiencing kidney failure, which often is secondary to bone cancer. The amputation was a success, and Arin was able to be pain free and get around well, however, the kidney failure was not reversible and he lost his battle to it, on March 13th, 2004. He died in my arms knowing that I loved him dearly. To go to his Memorial Page, please click here: ARIN'S MEMORIAL PAGE
If you have a dog in need of behavior work for fear-aggression or dominance-aggression, contact Ontario Veterinary College and ask for Dr. Simmons. She is a veterinarian with a Masters degree in animal behaviour as well as 12 years experience in treating behaviour cases including canine aggression. Also recommended is Dr. Gary Landsberg of Doncaster Animal Clinic in Thornhill. He is a vet with Board certification in behaviour and has much experience in treating aggression disorders. You can contact OVC at 519-824-8830 and you should be able to find Dr. Landsberg through the OVMA website (www.ovma.org) or the CVO website (www.cvo.org).
Do thorough reference checks on any dog trainer you are considering using, and make sure to ask for client names who were not "satisfied" as well as the "glowing references" with the results of their dog's training! You should know the reasons why some clients might not be satisfied. Be VERY cautious when looking for a dog trainer or "behaviorist." Be wary of any trainer who requires the dog be left in their care for any period of time. Training should be WITH the owner at a facility or office setting and the dog should remain in the care of the owner. For more information on finding a dog trainer and to get onto an email support group regarding aggressive dog problems, please go to: www.k9aggression.com If you have had an experience with Adam Stone or any other dog trainer, you are not alone....feel free to EMAIL US if you have any questions or concerns. If you suspect neglect or abuse from any trainer or facility, PLEASE take your dog immediately for WRITTEN veterinary assessment, and then contact the Ontario SPCA with your concerns AND your veterinary assessment and invoice in hand, as quickly as possible. If you have paid monies for services and/or goods which you have not received, it might be prudent to contact the police with your concerns.
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