Well thank HEAVENS Casper didn't get turned into a friendly GHOST when his time ran out at the shelter! Instead, volunteers stepped up to rescue him.
One thing we should say right upfront -- we really are just guessing about Casper's breeds. He is very strong, and pulls on the leash in a way that reminds us of a sled dog. His size and white coat make most people think of Great Pyrenees. He looks a lot like another dog we rescued last year, whose parents were known to be a Great Pyrenees and a Siberian Husky. But he also has just the tiniest bit of red/gold on the edges of his semi-prick ears, and that reminds us of one Pyr/Aussie mix we rescued, and one Pyr/Red Heeler mix. His tail is an interesting anomaly too -- it is not full length like a Pyr, not curled the way most sled dog breeds are. It's about half the length of a normal Pyrenees tail; he doesn't seem to be sensitive when we touch his tail, so we think maybe his tail has always been like this, rather than that it was cut short due to an accident or injury. It almost makes us think that maybe he has a naturally bobtailed breed in his family tree -- some Aussies and Heeler are naturally bobtailed and others have docked tails. If you are as curious as we are, maybe your budget would allow you to donate a DNA test so we could find out what contributors there are to Casper's unique good looks.
Casper is very friendly with people, and he is very affectionate, leaning into you frequently to encourage you to pet him. He should NOT go to a home with cats, as he will chase them every chance he gets. We think that at some point, he may have been attacked by a big dog, because he seems to get anxious when other big dogs crowd him. He gets along with the other dogs in his foster home just fine, but any time another big dog gets too close, he makes a low growl. We keep a close watch on behavior, and we haven't had any incidents, but the potential is there if the other dog tries to be dominant.
Casper enjoys spending time in the yard, but he also has good manners in the house -- no potty accidents, no chewing or other destructive behavior. Although we're still getting to know him, we think that maybe he would be happiest in a home where he is the only pet, or maybe shares his home with a dog who is smaller than he is and who won't invade his personal space. He definitely needs a human family who is strong and can manage him on the leash, because HE is strong and can get excited and pull on the leash very hard.
If Casper sounds like the dog of your dreams, submit an application on our website and we'll be glad to schedule a Meet & Greet where you can see for yourself what a sweet, handsome boy he really is.
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