Lucky is 8 years old (born May 28, 2008) and weighs 50 pounds. He came to us in July 2015, after spending his ENTIRE LIFE NEGLECTED at the end of a CHAIN. His owners got him as a puppy! Extremely emaciated when seized by Animal Control, he is valued, loved, and appropriately cared for now. He is a very good boy too!
Lucky’s NEEDS are SIMPLE: He needs a CALM, LOVING HOME, FENCED YARD in a quiet location, and SOMEONE to hang out with because he loves being with people. During times when his person has to do errands, he would not mind napping inside a crate. When he KNOWS he ISN’T missing anything, he is quiet and relaxed. He would prefer to be the only pet, because he hasn’t had much experience with other animals and some of them make him anxious.
HIS STORY: Because he paced around the tree he was CHAINED to for 7 YEARS, his “muscle memory” takes over here and he sometimes paces inside his room so much that he makes himself limp. When he is WITH people he does NOT PACE. He ONLY barks and paces for HUMAN ATTENTION when he hears humans NEARBY and cannot be WITH them. His calling out “I hear you and want to be with you” is understandable when you remember that for 7 years he “watched life pass him by.” When totally alone (and cannot hear people doing things around him) he does not pace. When we are working around him at the shelter, but cannot actually be with him, we crate him so he cannot pace and hurt himself. Lucky is not destructive when left alone; he does NOT have what many people think of as separation anxiety. Being with people relaxes him and so does the background noise of a television. He is an ideal and cozy couch potato for someone who watches TV. Not a high energy dog, he excels at relaxing and hanging out with people.
Lucky loves the people he knows, enjoys training exercises, accepts treats with a gentle mouth, and absolutely loves moseying around a big yard with people by his side. After 7 years of being ignored, freezing, and starving, he loves to feel special, and THAT is what we do. Our volunteer Astrid has taken Lucky under her wings and they are best friends. He spends weekends having sleepovers at her home, and she takes him on lots of car trips that he loves. Astrid is at the shelter most Sunday afternoons and can personally introduce you to him and tell you all about his good behavior and excellent house manners. I (Flower) am one of his good friends too and he and I spend a lot of time hanging out together in the big yard, loving on each other. 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, enjoys outdoor yard time, 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 the house.
- is house trained and 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. (In frustration, he does sometimes tear up soft things when he is in his room at the shelter and wants to be with nearby people instead.)
- knows the commands “sit” “down” “leave-it” “let’s walk” “off” and is learning “wait.”
- can entertain himself for hours if you give him a Kong stuffed with delicious, meaty treats and then frozen.
- only barks when he is confined away from nearby human action and voices—he wants to be included in the activity.
Because he paces in circles, we have had several professional evaluations done on him and will happily share those with anyone who would like to read them. Lucky is NOT a problem dog. Life has just “passed him by” for long enough and he wants and needs someone to love him and include him in their everyday lives. PLEASE allow empathy for Lucky to bless you with the knowledge that YOU could make his life here on Earth WORTH LIVING! 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.
If you cannot ADOPT him, can you FOSTER HIM?
Flower at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-361-0190 can tell you a lot more about him.
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