Brent came to us on 8/9/16. He is about 2 years old, weighs 50 pounds, and seems to be a Foxhound (mix). He LOVES DOGS but is very shy around new people. He has an adorable face but it is easy to see the worry behind his gentle brown eyes. We can’t imagine why he is as tentative and shy as he is but he doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body.
Brent loves the shelter staff though. He especially perks up and has a great time when Scott goes in to clean Brent’s room first thing in the morning. Scott has loved on Brent from day one and Brent trusts and loves Scott 100%. Brent also loves all of the roommates he has had since he arrived. (Vixie just got adopted, his next roommate Cindy Lou left the shelter last week, and Brent’s new roommate is Henry. Brent and Henry love each other and these two boys are having so much fun together. Henry is even teaching Brent that accepting human love is an okay and safe thing to do! (Brent is the dog on the left hand side of the photo of the two dogs on the bed together.)
In the past few weeks, our “dog therapy group” (Lish, Jodie, and Flower), have been working with him on a regular basis. We use tiny bits of cheese, hot dogs, chicken, and other delicious things to entice him to come to us. When he sees us coming now, his tail wags in total happiness at the sight of us and he smiles a big smile, but he is still shy about actually running up to us immediately. He has started to take treats directly from our hands though. He is even starting to enjoy leashed walks. When he is on leash, he has no choice but to let us pet him, and he seems to be enjoying it now. He also lets us pet him in his room.
Both Brent and his new roommate Henry are very clean in their room, and we think they would be easy to house train if their person enabled them to get outside often enough to be.
Brent’s NEEDS: From what we can tell, Brent would do best in a calm adult home, with a securely fenced yard and another dog or two to keep him company and help him with his self-confidence. He also needs people willing to give him the time he needs to learn how to relax in their environment. A home without children would be best, because if a child left a gate or door open and he escaped, it might be nearly impossible to get him to come back home at this stage of his trust level.
GOOD WITH DOGS.
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