Here are some very important things you need to know about Robbie:
Breed mix: shih-tzu (maybe mixed with some other small breed)
Approximate age/birthdate: ~2010
Weight/size: 15-18 lbs
Crate trained: YES
Personality: very timid, sweet ... special needs (see more info below)
Energy level: mid to low
Fenced yard required?: YES … because he is fearful of new people, a physical fence is required for his safety ... NO EXCEPTIONS
Does he/she jump fences? NO
Leash walk: working on it
Obedience training/knows any commands?: NO
Riding in vehicles: anxious and drools
Up-to-date on routine vaccinations: YES
Social with other dogs: YES … he will probably be best in a home with another small dog as long as the other dog is not extremely dominant
Social with cats: YES
Good with children: NO CHILDREN ... He’s fearful and wary of everyone. He would stay in hiding
Adoption donation: $100
Sweet Robbie is definitely a special needs boy. He came out of a home with far too many pets to properly care for, so he lived all his life before rescue without socialization with new people and situations. He has not opened himself to the joys of snuggling and cuddling. He usually listens pretty well and will do as you ask, as long as you don't need to touch him. It has been interesting to see that he handles grooming pretty well and he has one groomer that he loves. She can do anything with him and he accepts it.
He is cute and sweet and has the most expressive eyes. His big issue is that he is not trusting of people. He is very observant ... hardly ever barks about anything ... but he does not want to be touched, picked up or held. He is not at all aggressive, but he does require people with LOTS of patience. A physical fence is a requirement because he is ALWAYS in 'flight' mode. If he gets away, no one would ever be able to catch him.
Robbie is not a good choice for an inexperienced dog owner ... especially a first time dog owner. He does require extra effort and responsibility to keep him safe. And he is not a dog that will return any of the love you show him. If you have a big heart, lots of patience and lots of love to give ... and you are able to take on a very special needs pup ... you might just be the right one for Robbie.
If you think Robbie might be the perfect pup for you, please go to www.allamericanmuttrescue.org, click on Forms/Application and complete your adoption application online. Please review our adoption process at http://www.allamericanmuttrescue.org/info/adoption and contact us if you have questions about the process.
We are an all-volunteer group, so please be patient and understand that it takes an average of 7-14 days to process the applications including reference checks, follow-up questions and home visits. You can expedite the process by providing accurate email addresses for all your references. Time to make phone calls is limited and we often have multiple applications in process. We make every effort to move through them as quickly as possible.
When your reference checks are completed and your application is tentatively approved, we will schedule a home visit and a meet-and-greet to see if Robbie picks you too.
If it seems that the adoption will be a good match for all, there is an adoption contract to be signed and a requested adoption donation.
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
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