Name: Ollie Age: 6.5 years Gender: Male Breed: Rat Terrier Weight: 22 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Unknown Kid friendly: Unknown House Trained: Yes Crate Trained: Yes, but gets anxious Energy level: Moderate-High History: From a local animal shelter Adoption Fee: $350
From the Foster:
If Ollie could ask you one thing, it would be: "CAN HAZ TENNIS BALLS?!" But he'd like his new family to know that you should get the good ones, otherwise he may chew them to bits super fast and can't chase them anymore, and that is NOT ok in his book! Ollie is an absolute love. His favorite thing is playing with his ball, but he only wants you to throw it when he tells you to. He doesn't like you to take it from him until then. He's perfectly content to chew on it for a while until he is good and ready for you to throw it, and then he will drop it or toss it at you. And he'll let you know if you don't throw it fast enough! He will also let you (or other dogs) know when he wants to play, as he'll bark/whine whenever he wants or needs something from anyone. The tiny whines are actually kind of adorable. He reminds us of a baby gazelle when he jumps/frolics or plays with the residents. He's a bit of a kangaroo when he's excited for treats/meals or to go outside-and YES, he knows that word! He prefers to sleep in bed with us, but does fine on his own bed next to ours. Ollie loves to snuggle but also has lots of energy. He loves walks and does well on leash. He does great when new people come over and wants to play with them and get ALL the scritches.
Ollie does resource guard. There were some spats with the resident pups particularly with his ball and food/treats when he first arrived with us, but he's made AMAZING strides in the short time we've had him. He's learning that it's ok to share his ball, AND he had dinner right next to his foster sisters last night without any issues! He LOVES to play with our dogs, but he occasionally can still get cranky if he doesn't like what's happening, or he wants a specific toy (or thinks something is his). We are working hard on his guarding, and it will be something to be aware of. He hasn't been around cats or kids so we are unsure of how he'd react to them. He'd might do better with older children who are less grabby. He'd do great as the only dog, or if he ends up with new siblings, he'd do just fine with continued training. He's made so many improvements already with his guarding. This really is his only flaw, and in time we think it may go away completely. He's such a good boy!!!
Ollie can get a little anxious when he's unsure or nervous. He'll go into his crate with a little convincing, but he does shake a little sometimes because he's nervous you're leaving. He'd probably do fine left out, especially if his favorite "resource toys" are put away, but we haven't tried that.
Ollie LOVES to curl up in your lap and snuggle whenever he's done playing. He really loves being with his people. We're really enjoying learning about him, and he'll do absolutely great with the right family! He is such a sweet little fellow, and he's ready to give you so many kisses!!!