Name: Ham & Dixie
Age: DOB Approx. 12/12/12
Breed: Great Dane / Aussie x
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: TBD
Kid friendly: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Crate Trained: does better left out in a room
Energy level: Moderate
History: Returned to SHH with 'sister' Dixie
Adoption Fee: $500 for the pair - can only be adopted together
From the Foster:
Ham is a sweet, goofy boy with the best smile around! He loves treats, squeaky toys (especially balls with tails), and belly scratches! At first we thought he was more interested in toys and dogs than people, but the longer he's in one place, the more his personality comes out and the more he always wants to be around someone! His tail wags extra hard when he sees children, and he's been very good about approaching them slowly. He's fantastic with other dogs, and absolutely loves to go to the dog park! He's not overly submissive but he's in no way dominant, so he's never had an issue with anyone! He's also a wonderful guardian of his "sister" Dixie, and will always check on her if she barks or is picked up. At home, we have a fenced yard which Ham LOVES! He has so much fun running with our other dogs and chasing squirrels up trees, so I would highly recommend a fenced yard for him if possible! He and Dixie both adore couches, beds, blankets, and dog beds - anything soft! He does bark at people out the window, but he's responsive to us saying no bark and redirecting his attention. When we're out, Ham will pee on any spot that has been peed on (such as in a pet store) which is something to be mindful of, but not difficult to handle if you're aware!
There are two things we are working on with Ham: protecting his toys and slight separation anxiety. Ham has two toys that are his absolute favorites. He doesn't want any other dogs to touch these. He will bare his teeth and nip if they try to take them, but people can take them without any trouble at all! We've decided to only give him these toys when he's alone with Dixie, so that way they can be his special babies! Therefore, it's really not a big deal, just something to be aware of in case he picks another favorite in the future and this behavior is seen!
Ham's separation anxiety comes out in the form of barking. He doesn't like to be placed in closed rooms (even with Dixie) without a person. He's not destructive so he gets free reign of the downstairs when we leave, and has started to wear a thundershirt, which seems to help. We're also trying distraction techniques like Kongs and smart bones! Because of this barking, I would recommend a home without shared walls. As long as you don't mind some barking for a little while when you first leave, it's really not overly problematic.
Overall, Ham is a gentle giant with the most kind eyes and loving personality. His cuddles are some of the best in the world, and the few kisses he gives out each day are the best treasure! It's impossible not to fall in love with this big goof!