Mulder is a 3 1/2 year old American Staffordshire Terrier – at least, according to his SPCA paperwork.

I picked up him February 15 from the Perkiomenville SPCA. I had originally gone in to look at another dog (who unfortunately was not a good match for our home & current pets) and on a whim asked to look at ‘Jaye’.

Jaye, now called Mulder, came with almost zero history. All I know is that he was picked up as a stray from Conshohocken and transferred north due to a facility fire. He was adopted out once before and returned a month later for “nipping” at his owner when she tried to drag him off a couch.

Mulder is a timid dog who isn’t quite sure how to ‘dog’. While super friendly and inquisitive, he doesn’t know how to properly socialize with other dogs.

Mulder flinches if you pick up a stick and tries to run a few yards off if you throw it (think a throwing a stick for a dog). He cringes when you bring your hand down fast toward his head. He thinks he’s going to be beaten if you grab his collar roughly.  He shakes and drops to the floor.

We’ve had exactly (2) incidents of fear aggression since adopting, both of which occurred during loud noises and cornering. He is fearful of someone grabbing him while such stressful situations are occurring. With positive reinforcement and verbal cues, he is learning that someone grabbing his collar does not mean he will beaten.

He’s part of the #muzzleupproject. I believe all dogs should be able to wear muzzles. You never know when you might need it.

One year after adoption, he’s finally wagging his tail.

He’s coming out of his shell and making huge strides in becoming a well adjusted, confident dog.

He’s a diamond in the rough and am excited to see how his journey unfolds.