My life at the shelter was no better however. I was put in the very back where they had an available spot. A clerical mistake showed me as adopted in their computers so I was promptly forgotten about. Volunteers fed me, gave me water and cleaned my pen but I wasn't placed on the schedule for exercise outside in the yard because according to their files I wasn't even there! This went on for weeks. I began to wonder if I was invisible. Still, not once did I even bark out of frustration or loneliness. Whenever a person would come nearby my kennel, all I did was put my paw up on my pen door, hoping maybe this time someone would finally see me. It was four long months before the shelter staff finally realized their mistake.
When HALDR heard about my terrible confinement and neglect they immediately agreed to take me in. So I am no longer invisible! I get to go for walks with my foster mom and her dogs through the forest. There is a stream that we have to cross and at first I did everything I could to avoid getting my feet wet. It was clear I had never been in water before. But it took less than a week for me to become a "water nut". Now I love romping in the water so much that it is hard to get me to come out sometimes, even if I am exhausted and shivering. I hope my new family will take me to streams or beaches so I can get my water fix.
I get along very well with all the dogs in my foster home. When I first arrived there I would try to mount them but if they took exception to that I backed right off right away. I didn't react aggressively even when one of the dogs growled and snapped at me. It seems as if, even though I enjoy the company of dogs, that I haven't been around any for quite some time so am still figuring out proper dog etiquette. The dogs are helping teach me and I am a quick learner. I was also curious about the cats here at first, but I have quickly realized I am supposed to leave them alone. So I can happily live with another dog or cat as long as my new family is willing to reinforce my training in the beginning to be respectful of them.
I love people more than anything, even perfect strangers, and am happy to lick your face for as long as you will let me. To me people are delicious human popsicles that never melt. Everyone who meets me falls in love with me right away. I haven't been seen around kids to know how I would be around them but I never jump up and I am not protective of my food or bones or other treats so I would probably be great with older kids. I can be a bit of a "bull(dog) in a china shop" when I am excited so I might accidentally knock smaller kids over in my enthusiasm.
I have a medium energy level and would love an active home where I could join my family on hikes (especially if we can go to places where I can go swimming). I am great off leash and on an extender leash and mostly good on a traditional leash. I walk politely with a loose leash when there isn't something ahead I want to get to but can pull when there is, like a dog I want to meet. But all you need do is stop walking when I pull and I will ease up on the tension. Someone has taken the time to train me as I know "sit", "stay", "come" and "ah-ah!" which means everything from "stop humping the dog" to "stop sniffing the cat's butt".
I have spent an awful lot of time alone in my life so would prefer a home where I will be alone as little as possible. A retired person or couple would be best for me. You could not ask for a more loyal, loving and devoted companion. I am neutered, microchipped and up to date on my vaccinations. My adoption fee is $300.
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