Name: Squirt Age: DOB Approx. 5/12/12 Gender: Male Breed: Lab / Hound Weight: 78 Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: TBD Kid friendly: Yes, Older respectful kids House Trained: Yes Crate Trained: Yes, but does fine left out. Energy level: Moderate History: Pulled from an animal control Adoption Fee: $400.00
From the Foster:
Squirt is the most laid back dog we've ever seen! He won't be the dog under your feet looking for attention and affection, and he's fine being independent, but he doesn't turn down any belly rubs or back/butt scratches and his tail wags and he gets excited to see you, so you can tell he loves you right back!
He is a big boy who was at first very hesitant to jump up onto the couch or bed, or to go down stairs. He has now done all of those things and sleeps in our bed with us. He would be fine sleeping on his own bed I'm sure. Squirt can be food motivated but only with chicken/lunch meat- he has turned down other food and/or left it alone when it dropped on the floor. We've been mixing in a little chicken or lunch meat with his dry food as he wasn't interested in eating it at first.
He is potty trained (he has 'marked' a couple small spots in our house where a previous foster had an accident, but it was a clear territory marking and not a potty accident- he knows how to go outside and waits nicely to do so). We have left him out in our living room area with bedroom/bathroom doors closed when we have been gone for short periods of time (1-2hrs) and he clearly just laid on the couch the whole time :) He takes a little bit of coaxing to get into his kennel. He would do best where he didn't need to go in it much since he is so good about going potty, and he does not show interest in chewing anything at all, so no worries there.
He walks well on a leash and can easily be redirected if he pulls a little or wants to stay too long in one spot. IMPORTANT: he did slip out our front door when my daughter held it open a bit too long. I tried to grab his collar but he slipped out of that, too. We then had a 15 minute chase around the neighborhood. He was not interested in coming when we called and kept skipping from yard to yard. We finally got him into a neighbors yard that was mostly fenced and lured him with lunch meat. His forever home needs to have a fenced in yard and/or ability to take him out on a leash at all times. He would be a definite flight risk.
Squirt is truly a 'gentle giant' and a very handsome puppy, too. He is timid about certain things like going out in the rain and he ran towards the door to go in when a neighbor unfortunately lit off a small firecracker, so he has some fears for sure, but is easily calmed and as he's begun to trust us over the last few days, his loyalty and companionship are shining through. He is a GEM of a dog who so badly deserves a forever home with tons of love!