Name: Marty McFly
Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
Age: 10 Years
Size: Large 73 lbs.
Adoption Donation: $180 (applicable sales tax included). Adoption fees may be paid with cash or check.
Other: Neutered Male, Vaccinations current, Microchip, No cats
** Marty McFly qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors Program. This program places senior dogs (age 8 or older) with senior citizens (age 65 or older) at a reduced adoption fee of $65.00. If you qualify and are interested in participating in this program, please fill out an application on line and type "SENIOR" after your name.
Marty McFly is back from the future and wants to have his great forever home to apply today (please?)...
* NO Cats
10/15/16: We've had Marty almost 4 months now and is getting very comfortable in our home. He listens very well to us and knows to come, sit, stay, and no. He has learned boundaries, and which rooms I don't allow him in and when I go into that room, he stays outside the door and waits. He sleeps in his big dog bed, next to our bed, comfortably all night long. At first he wanted to jump up into the bed. With persistence and consistency, he knows where to go now when its time for bed.
During the day when I'm working from home, he naps in my office and keeps me company all day. He rarely bothers me at all, but when he does need something, he will nudge my arm or go and stand in the hallway. He loves to keep a close eye on me so whenever I get up and do something, he will be sure to follow!
He loves watching TV with me! He is very curious at the sounds and the moving pictures and will perk up and tilt his head at certain parts of the program, or he will even get up from his comfy cuddle place and go check out the TV closer. It's the cutest thing!
In our home, we have stopped kenneling him and he has settled down and relaxed a ton. When we are gone, he roams in a limited area between the kitchen and living room, and as long as the garbage and food on the counters are put away, we have had zero issues with him getting into things he shouldn't, and zero accidents! We have learned that in new environments without us around he can be a bit mischievous, so a close eye on him is recommended.
Marty is still looking for his cuddle buddy and best friend. He will do best in a home where someone is with him most of the time. Marty is such a sweet guy, he's waiting for your love and affection!
9/19/16: Things with Marty the past couple months have been only been getting better!
(Back in the early part of June, he had to have some rotten teeth removed, and that surgery on top of being in the shelter really stressed him out. He was having some major issues with his loose stools, and he had also lost about 15 pounds of weight, but we thought once he was in a home with lots of love things would get better. However, not much had improved in terms of gaining weight or forming stools so the Vet switched up his food to a strict hydrolyzed protein diet plus other medications for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.)
It has taken a few months and another hospitalization but I can honestly say things are SO MUCH BETTER! He's back up to a healthy weight and his stools are firm. We currently have him on hydrolyzed protein dry food, a dry herbal supplement sprinkled over his food, a steroid that he takes once every 3 days, and a fatty acid supplement, which he will be done with soon. For treats, he gets his dry food for now because we don't want to upset his tummy too much, but honestly he doesn't know the difference. Marty's happy with ANY food and he even has quite the happy dance when he knows it's time to eat! He loves catching his treats up in the air in between meal times... he is really good at it too!
As for the kennel... it is NOT his favorite. The poor guy has some serious abandonment issues and will happily follow you around the house all day long, but as soon as he goes in the kennel, he gets pretty worked up and barks. In fact, the ONLY time he ever barks is when he's in the kennel or left alone outside. I have had some success using treats and food as reward, but even as food-motivated as he is, he still does not like going in the kennel knowing that he will be left alone. I have left him inside my house with my other dog while I'm gone for short periods and he seems to be fine. He is an older dog and does need to go outside to relieve himself every few hours so him being left in a kennel or inside the house would be best if only for shorter periods at a time.
Marty is the absolute happiest and best dog when you are able to spend time with him cuddling on the couch or just hanging out at home. He loves to go for walks, to get outside and smell all the smells and chase squirrels. He his quite strong and fast for his age so we use training collars or an easy walker to reduce the pulling and that does help. He does great with other dogs, he actually ignores dogs all together because all he cares about in his entire world is you! There have been times where other dogs have been barking in the neighbor's yards and he won't blink twice at them. He absolutely loves every person he meets and has such a friendly personality. Marty is the certainly one of the most lovable, affectionate dogs I've known! He's totally stolen my heart!
6/25/16: This guy is such a lover! All he wants is to be right by my side at all times for pets and snuggles. It's pretty adorable, if you didn't know any better you'd think he's been here his whole life!
I haven't been crating him at night because he's much happier sleeping in our room on our bed or floor. He loves sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in our backyard too. He hasn't caught any...yet! So Mr. Marty Snuggles has been doing pretty great overall! He's very happy!
6/1/16 Volunteer Feedback: Marty McFly is the most laid back dog I have had the opportunity to spend time with in awhile. He was so easy-going; all he wanted to do was sit next to me, get pet, and give a few gentle kisses. He is the sweetest old man, but he doesn't act his age! He is still a spry young pup inside and his body doesn't seem to slow him down much at all. He is a happy fellow. I don't have any major concerns with Marty, I haven't seen any bad behaviors from him at all. He has met a few dogs at the shelter and has done fine, but because of the environment, more dog testing should be conducted outside the shelter before we can say he is bomb proof. I have not seen him jump up at all, and he doesn't have an over abundance of energy. He really is just a sweet, older guy looking for a nice home to live out his golden days. He does have a specific type of food he eats and is on some meds for some digestive issues, but those are expected to dissipate once he is in a home environment and away from the stress of the shelter. Please consider giving Marty a chance. He is a great, loyal companion that just wants a nice bed or couch to snuggle on. He has totally won my heart, and will no doubt steal yours too!
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