Pappy is far from a grumpy ole' man but he has every right to be, and He is not really smooch able either.
Pappy's life long owners, a term i use as loosely as one can, severly abused and neglected him. For 14 years he was starved and beaten daily. He is terrorfied of most human contact and had to be put on psych medications for serious anxiety attacks.
He came to live with us one year ago after his owners finally decided they didn't want that old "thing" anymore and decided to throw him out.
I will never understand the mentality of some people, and I hope not to ever understand them. I also hope to never know or meet his former "family" as i don't think i would show them the same "kindness" they showed our dear Pappy.
We had gone to a rescue to adopt a different dog, but ended up taking Pappy home instead. The rescue refused any kind of adoption fee / compinsation for him as they were thrilled he would be going to a good home enviroment. His anxiety at the shelter was so bad that he had further lost weight from the bag of skin and bones that came into their doors. When we adopted Pappy he weighed less than 9 lbs, as of this week he is up to 13.2 still a bit thin but we are thrilled he has gained anything at all.
While he is to a point that he can aproach one of us to give kisses on a leg or foot, if we try to pet or cuddle he will freak out, and occasionally will scream and try to hide. Since he is blind, and mostly deaf, he can't always tell if it is a person touching him or if he just bumped into the couch, so we take thoses oportunities to give him love and a few treats, and have made some progress. He is incontinant so our poor carpet in places with all the pee stains looks like it has contracted a horrible case of ring worm, but we bought a new carpet steamer and hope to reduce the effects of his inablilty to hold it for long.