found a new home!
Plenty of my friends are looking
for one too. Find a pet to adopt.
I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.
Talk about a new outlook on life. I, Guinness, began my life as a stray puppy at the Sacramento SPCA at 12-weeks-old and was adopted by a family who provided me with tremendous care and attention. Life was great. But, as it sometimes happens, after a few fabulous years the family’s life became filled with a newborn child and work, work, work. So the number of my walks diminished and my exercise routine became more infrequent. I didn’t get much face-time with other unfamiliar dogs either so I started showing some attitude when I would see strange dogs – this was not cool – but I could not control myself. My family finally surrendered me to the lab rescue folks to find me a new forever home and here I am.
People – I absolutely adore them. Kids, dogs, cats – I love them all. I am used to hanging around a 2-year-old human – and all the noise and chaos that these little ones create. Heel, sit, stay, down – I rock on all cylinders. Got a ball – you now have my attention! I also love splashing in the ocean or a pool. Chasing deer – yes, that is near the top of my to-do list.
Medically-wise, I am pretty darn healthy. I was told that I had an auto-immune-disorder reaction to a treatment of anti-flea medication approximately five months ago. This resulted in my toenails becoming inflamed and all gnarly – and it really hurt to walk around for a while, hence minimal walks, and that stunk. But my toe nails are growing back.
Did I mention that my current foster human is a dang professional dog trainer and has totally shaped up my behavior and interactions with other dogs? Check out the selfie of me with three of my buds. And how bout that photo of the trainer’s 3-yr-old grandson walking me on leash? Schweet!
Here’s what my former owner says about me: “Guinness is not a jumper or barker although he does bark for some reason when the garage door opens. He will bark at local wildlife if left outside by himself, but inside the house he will only go nuts if there is a particularly antagonizing squirrel. Guinness loves a nice fire and he will lie in front of it and relax if given a comfy spot. He hates to be cold or in the rain but he loves anything water. Guinness loves squeakies and chew toys. We tie a knot in old socks and he knows that socks with knots are his chew toys; he will completely tear them up with joy. He does not chew our good socks. He loves empty paper towel rolls as well.”
Here’s what my foster says about me: “Guinness has been doing very well with me [for the past 10 days]. If I could pick at an issue it would be his whining, but he responds well to a verbal “quiet”. No aggression with any of the dogs I have been boarding, ranging from Large labs to small breed dogs. Early on he did growl one time when new boarders ran towards him. Stopped immediately when corrected. He may show this defensive behavior with new dogs. He has been walking very well on leash. He has not shown any destructive tendencies. My whole family loves him but we have enough dogs.”
Guinness will thrive best in an active family (with kids!) as an only dog or with another dog. A cat in the family is okay too – but please check with the cat first.
If you want to adopt a very nice dog, call Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248.
(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)