Age: 18 months
Breed: Australian Cattle Dog mix
Weight: 49 lbs
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: Yes, as long as cats like dogs :)
Kid friendly: Yes
House Trained: Yes on a schedule
Crate Trained: Yes
Energy level: Moderate
History: From a shelter in Missouri
Adoption Fee: $400
From the Foster:
Mr. Zap would like everyone to be best friends! Every dog is a potential playmate. Every human is a friend in waiting. And every kid? A great napping partner-to-be! As for cats: as long as they like dogs, Zap likes them!
Zap is so excited to meet you, but he's not sure how to show it. Maybe someone tried to teach him manners in a way that wasn't so kind -- so sometimes he piddles when he meets you, or when you put his leash on. But he's housebroken on a schedule and doesn't soil his kennel. He would prefer to be out with you than kenneled, and at night he sleeps just fine on a dog bed in our room (however he would choose to be in bed with you, to be honest). I wouldn't leave him un-kenneled when you aren't home, as he uses his free time to discover everything you have tucked away on counters and shelves, but with time and kindness, maybe he will outgrow that!
Another dog in the house helps Zap tremendously! He and my dog bonded within minutes, and play together consistently and kindly. No resource guarding issues!
Zap loves going for a walk, and I have a feeling he would be a phenomenal running partner. He discovered the lake last night and was a big fan! I think he would be a great summer buddy! He seems to be a huge outdoorsy fan. In fact, I have a hunch he wasn't allowed inside in a past life, as it takes some coaxing to get him to come inside. He belly crawls and cowers, but he responds well t love and patience, a kind voice -- and watching another dog do things helps, too!
Like a lot of herding dogs, Zap is a belly crawler. Traditionally they do that when working, but Zap does it because he is a bit worried he will displease you. It breaks your heart the way he just lowers himself, twists his head up and grins as if to say I promise I am a good dog." And you know what? He is.
Zap, you are a good boy. Someone will be lucky to call you their own.