Lucky is 9 years old (born May 28, 2008) and weighs 50 pounds. He looks like an elegant cross between a black panther and a cape hunting dog, with the soft eyes of a sweet hound. He came to us in July 2015, after spending his ENTIRE LIFE since puppyhood at the end of a chain. His body was like a skeleton when seized by Animal Control. He is loved and valued by us now, and appropriately cared for now, but still waits for his own person.
Lucky’s needs are simple: a calm, loving, home in a quiet location and someone to just be with. When his person has to run errands, he will be satisfied to wait in his crate with a good bone, or ride along with them and stay in the car when the weather permits. He prefers to be the only pet (he does not like other dogs), because he doesn't understand other animals and they make him anxious.
HIS STORY: Because he had extremely limited space while chained to a tree for 7 years, sometimes his muscle-memory takes over during stressful moments causing him to pace. He ONLY barks and paces for human attention when he hears humans nearby and cannot be with them. Lucky is not destructive when left alone. Being with people relaxes him and so does the background noise of music or a television. He is an ideal and cozy couch potato.
Lucky delights in the people he knows, enjoys training, accepts treats with a gentle mouth, and has fun moseying around a big yard with people by his side. After 7 years of being ignored, freezing, and starving, he loves to feel special. Our volunteers Astrid, Ed, and Flower, have taken Lucky under their wings and are best friends with Lucky. He spends some weekends having sleepovers at Astrid’s home, and all three of these volunteers take him on lots of car trips that he loves! Any of the three of us (and shelter staff) can personally introduce you to him and tell you all about his good behavior and excellent house manners. I (Flower) spend a lot of time hanging out with Lucky in the big yard, playing ball with him, and loving on him. Not touched for 7 years, Lucky is now a leaner and really enjoys being petted and having his butt scratched. He has so many GREAT qualities. He:
- is good on a leash, is not a climber or a digger, and he loves riding in the car!
- has very good house manners and has never shown any interest in marking inside.
- is crate trained (but shouldn’t have to spend much time inside a crate).
- isn’t destructive with blanket in his crate and doesn't shred blankets or soft things in Astrid’s home.
- knows the commands SIT, DOWN, LEAVE-IT, LET’S WALK, OFF, and WAIT.
- likes to play ball—he GETS IT, BRINGS IT, and DROPS IT at my feet.
- can entertain himself for hours with a KONG stuffed with delicious, meaty treats and frozen.
- only barks when he is confined away from nearby human action and voices.
We have had several professional evaluations done on him and will happily share those with anyone who would like to read them. Please don't let life continue to pass him by; he needs someone to love him and include him in their everyday lives. YOU have the power to turn him into one of the luckiest dogs in the world, and if you adopt him, he’s sure to be your most loyal dog ever.
Lucky continues to make strides, has expanded his circle of friends, and is pacing less. His wise eyes seem to acknowledge that this new year will be the year he’ll find that unique person to take him home. Won't you PLEASE be the one that makes that happen.
NOT GOOD WITH DOGS. NOT GOOD WITH CATS. NOT GOOD WITH KIDS.
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