Hello everyone, my name is LIO the Catahoula Leopard dog, and BOY am I glad you've come across me. I am one of the most amazing 4-legged boys you'll ever meet, if not THE most amazing one!
Here's a little background: you see, I've been up for adoption at Pawmetto Lifeline for over 2 years. You might ask, how can this be?! Why? Well, it all started when a human family purchased me as a puppy from a backyard breeder. That was about 5 years ago. I was mistreated and very misunderstood by that family. Their misunderstanding created behavior that was not very pleasant, but it's all I KNEW at the time. This behavior was reinforced by even more mistreatment and the cycle just never seemed to end. I was forced to wear an electric shock collar and never got praise and positive reinforcement (like I do now). They even sent me to a "training" camp that did way more harm than good, and that made me sad. My food was taken away from me if I didn't listen. Eventually they decided that I should be kicked out of the house because nobody wanted to work with me and, well, there was a baby on the way.
I ended up at the door of Pawmetto Lifeline, worried, baffled, and unsure of when my next meal would be. Would someone take away my food again in anger? I didn't know. What was this new place? My heart and mind were puzzled and hurt. I felt so defeated. My people left, satisfied like they had just won the lottery having discarded me. But I had no choice but to get used to a new way of living. I quickly learned what routine meant, what respect meant, and a little bit what love towards a dog meant...albeit from the view of a kennel and through interactions during playtime sessions outside each day.
Little do my former humans know that I have transformed into a lovable, respectful guy who wants to be out of the dreaded glass barrier that is my kennel. (Kennel #16 is my address.)
If only my former humans could see me now, because I have changed tremendously since they just gave up on me, since they...dumped me. But they don't think about me or care. I just know it.
But what I DO know is that I am on a mission to find a home, a person or people who will think the world of me. I am a CHARMING, handsome 5-year-old southern gentleman who is well-trained and simply wants to make you happy. I am sweet, sensitive, and extremely intelligent. I am healthy and heartworm negative. I love when people make me sit, speak, high five, or lay for a treat! See, with true love and commitment, continued positive reinforcement, and sufficient exercise, I will be the ultimate companion dog. Heck, I already am the ultimate companion dog, but I hope to show that in your warm and welcoming home. That is ALL that I have longed for. Let's not forget that ASIDE from how obedient I am, I have a REAL affectionate side; I love to come up to you for back scratches and to give you kisses on the face if you'll let me! As for hobbies, I enjoy Netflix binges, fetching tennis balls, doing tricks for treats, and showing off my Olympic-ready running skills. Did I mention that I had a sleepover at one of my Adoption Advocate's house recently and I did beautifully? Sure it stormed (which made me very nervous; we did find ways to manage), but it was so nice to get out of the shelter environment. Bonus: I am housetrained!
I spend my days LONGING for someone who will give me a lifetime of understanding and happiness, plenty of space to romp and fetch, and even more of the kind of encouragement and boundary setting that has helped me become the great dog I am today. As Cesar Milan says, it's best to have a human that practice's the "calm and assertive" approach! People who have visited Pawmetto Lifeline to adopt a dog often overlook me because I just want OUT of my kennel, so I bark. It appears that they can't understand that all I'm trying to say is that I want to BE with them! I have not been tested with cats, and I'd prefer a home without another dog so I can get all the attention to myself! I am slightly choosy about my canine friends. And you know, children aren't quite my style, especially with my history of having my food taken away from me. And folks, that's just me being realistic! I just don't want there to be any mistakes or little hands near my mouth when I'm eating. Plus, between you and me, I'd probably accidentally knock a few youngins over with how big I am (75 lbs.)!
I'll close with this: I am so ready to have a home that's the best fit for me. It is what I dream of day in and day out. Consider my story. My adoption will be by best-match, because I am truly looking for adopters that will be committed to meeting my extra-specific needs.
Friends, I am a part of the priority adoption program at Pawmetto Lifeline which means I have a lowered adoption fee and free vaccines for life. My adoption in particular also includes a lifetime of training with a trainer of Pawmetto Lifeline's choice. Please, PLEASE contact Pawmetto Lifeline at (803) 465-9170 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about adopting me. You can even fill out an online adoption application at pawmettolifeline.org/adopt/adopt_a_dog. In the meantime, I'll just wait for you here. I do, though, hope my time is soon. I think you could agree that over two years waiting for my home is too long.
P.S. Please check out the photos in my album, and read the captions that go with them for even more interesting information about me!
August 2016 article about me by Midlands Anchor: http://www.midlandsanchor.com/are-you-my-new-best-friend-pawmetto-searches-for-forever-home-for-lio/
May 2016 post about me by Shelter Pet Project: