I am already neutered, housetrained, in need of an experienced adopter, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.
Hi, my name is Axel and I am 2 1/2 years old. I am Mastiff mix. I have a really cool Brindle coat. I have a very long story of why I am in foster care; so pull up a chair to read my story. My original Mom had a tough decision. She had to move so she contacted her friend who rescues animals. When you have a friend who is Rescuer they have big hearts and I am so happy to know that there are people out there like that because I heard them mention this word …. “Shelter” and I am glad that I didn’t have to go there. She had to move with her 3 small kids & me. See, she was married one day & then she wasn’t. I missed the man being there and I missed being in my old home. When the IAR Volunteer came to my home I was a bit timid & I clung to my Mom. But I went with the Volunteer to my new place – my foster place. I liked being there. It was just like my old home but just more dogs and bigger kids. So one day I got adopted and all of sudden there was no kids and no dogs. It was so quiet I got scared. The new people didn’t know how to handle me and I got scared & I ran away. I ran away for 6 whole weeks. I think I was so scared but I didn’t know how to tell anybody because I don’t talk so I just ran & ran. Everyone looked for me & didn’t give up. I finally found shelter on someone’s porch and she called the right person who came to get me. That was my foster Mom. She whispered my name “Axel” and I ran right to her. It was like I was never away from her. But I had to start all over again in trusting people. I’m not aggressive with people just really shy so I went to get evaluated by a Dog Psychologist and I stayed with him and his pack of dogs – all 6 of them. I really liked staying with him. He taught me this thing “learning my confidence”. Before I would walk with my head down low & my tail between my legs. Well, not anymore! Now I have confidence and I have learned to be a happy dog. The Dog Psychologist, my Helper, evaluated me as not being an aggressive dog but as not having confidence and to go slow with me. He suggested to me evaluate my environment & get used to things. Don’t push me so that I get scared again which is what happened in that last adoption so I won’t run away. If I feel safe I won’t get scared which is how I feel in my foster home now. My foster home now I have 3 dogs here that I get to hang out with and I like the routine and structure I get. I am not food aggressive, dog aggressive or people aggressive. I go for walks with my foster Mom in our pack & I feel so happy hanging out with the pack of dogs. My Helper and Foster Mom believe I need someone who has experienced with dogs can be my next Mom or Dad so I hope after you read my profile you can call up my foster Mom for our meeting. You can come meet me and maybe we can go for a walk. It might take me baby steps to get to know you but in time you & I will be Best Friends. I might even sit on your lap – that’s if you let my 100lbs on your lap! If not your lap then I am fine with a couch. I do need a fenced yard though. I don’t want to be loose again. No more running away for me! Oh and that couch …. I do like laying by you especially if you let me on the couch! Thanks, Axel.
Axel is located in his foster home in Bolingbrook. Please fill out an adoption application at: www.illinoisanimalrescue.org . Please visit our website to view our adoption process and our adoption fees.