Howdy! My name is Norman and I am an awesome little guy. There's some disagreement about my age, but I think it's safe to say I'm somewhere between about 2 and 5 years old. I look like a beagle maybe mixed with some border collie, but that's just a guess. I'm the perfect size at 32 pounds, not too big and not too small.
So, let me tell you about me and my story. I somehow found myself in a pound in rural southern Illinois (they called me an "unclaimed stray".) So then one day I was put in a van and took a long car ride so Adopt-A-Pet could find me a new home. When I first came to Adopt-A-Pet I went into a foster home and I loved to play with my foster family's other dog, go to the dog beach, and then come back and watch tv with my family. My foster mom told me I am a bundle of gorgeousness and fun! After all the activity, I loved cuddling too! I am perfectly house-trained and very brave (I didn't cry at all in the last storm!). At night, I slept on the sofa or on my mattress downstairs.
My foster mom said I was the perfect dog . . . well, except for one thing. When I was on a leash and came across another dog on our walks, I became "reactive" - meaning, I guess I didn't behave very well and barked and pulled and tried to act like a tough guy. My foster mom started working with me to teach me not to do that.
Soon a nice family came along that wanted to adopt me and would continue with my training. Unfortunately, that didn't work out so well. One day on one of our walks we encountered some other dogs, and like a dope I did my pull/bark/bully trick and almost got into a scuffle with another dog, and in the midst of my owner trying to reign me in I accidentally bit her. I say accidentally because I would never intentionally have bitten her - or anybody. Really, it's just not my nature. Her arm just kind of got in the wrong place at the wrong time kind of thing.
So, yeah, now I'm back at Adopt-A-Pet, and yeah, I have a rap sheet. But you see, the thing is, I really am an awesome dog! Everybody -- and I mean everybody -- who meets me falls in love with me. I'm happy and charismatic. Just a fun-loving little guy! I am the most loving dog imaginable inside the house. It's just my outdoor leash manners that I have to work on.
So ... in order to become a more perfect dog, I am living at a training facility now and they've promised to whip me into shape so I learn to behave myself on a leash too! Once I get that trick down pat, I WILL be the perfect dog.
Because of my active nature, I'll need an active, engaged family who will keep me exercised and mentally stimulated. I am extremely kind and gentle and love kids, adults and -- believe it or not -- also other dogs, (as long as we're both not on the end of a leash!) But that, of course, will be changing. My new family will have the benefit of a lesson from my trainer and ongoing support if needed.
If you're willing to put in a little work to continue with my training in helping to overcome my little, um, 'problem', then I promise I'll work just as hard. Please come and meet me - I just want to be loved and I promise I'll give you all my love in return. Love Norman
Norman's adoption fee is $300 and includes: vet exam, heartworm test (neg), distemper combo vaccination, rabies vaccination, bordetella vaccination, flea/tick control, routine deworming, heartworm prevention, microchip, neuter, and professional training.