Ronan is a sweetheart... he is very affectionate, with a gentle and curious personality. He is a unique and beautiful mix of Basset Hound and Catahoula, with a long body and shorter legs. His long fur is gorgeous, mottled black, white & cinnamon with a plume of a black tail, and he enjoys being brushed. His front legs are typically Basset-shaped-- he is a cutie!
Ronan is super smart, loves to learn, and learns fast. He will now sit/wait for his leash to be put on for a walk; before eating; and after his walk for a treat, with a big grin on his face. Ronan listens well and tries very hard to please humans and make everyone happy... Sadly, he may have been scolded excessively or treated harshly before coming to rescue, and he is frightened by loud noises or raised voices (i.e. calling loudly up the stairs to another family member made him uneasy at first). Ronan frequently seeks extra love and reassurance, to make sure he isn't doing anything wrong. His hopeful face is heartbreaking, and his foster family is lovingly and consistently working with him to build his confidence, and encourage him to be the silly, happy boy he is inside. Ronan is a love, and he has come a long way with kindness, reassurance, good food, exercise/playtime, a consistent routine/schedule and positive reinforcement.
Ronan loves long walks and seeing/smelling all the new sights. Though he is 18 mos. old, he is still a puppy in a big body, and he is dazzled by new things he sees each day. He doesn't realize his own size, and he absolutely thinks he is a lap dog, launching himself across a sitting human with a goofy smile! He will easily walk a mile calmly by your side (he is GREAT on leash), checking everything out; then when back in the yard, a puppy-burst of energy will overtake him and he will run and run, with his ears flying and his happy eyes shining. Ronan requires a fenced yard since he is not comfortable going to the bathroom on a leash/feeling watched (no privacy). He is housebroken and will wait until he is outside in the yard in one of his favorite spots before relieving himself.
He is not above chewing the occasional t-shirt left on the floor by mistake, though he prefers his chew toys and bones. Ronan doesn't love being crated (he may have been punished in a crate), so his foster family doesn't crate him any longer than 3-4 hours at a time, and he gets lots of extra praise, petting, and something yummy when he goes in. Ronan enjoys car rides, and is learning to chase a ball/other toys -- he is fast! He also loves to snuggle or snooze right by your side, while having a belly rub, preferably.
Ronan is living with several dogs in his foster family, and he gets along great with each one -- though he does sometimes "nose" the other dogs out of the way so he gets the lion's share of petting! If the other dogs are napping on a couch or chair, Ronan will amuse himself with a bone or toy for awhile, then finds his own spot to grab a nap. He has not met any cats yet, though he has expressed a desire to chase squirrels, so his foster thinks a cat-free home is best.
Ronan is hoping to find a kind, patient family with a somewhat predictable daily routine/structure. He has made huge strides with consistency in his day, and in knowing what he can count on and "what happens next". Ronan's ideal family will share in the experience of a basic puppy class series with him, to continue building his confidence and teaching him to relax and enjoy himself. He would also love some "fun" training activities; like agility, canine good citizen, or a tricks class! Ronan looks to his foster dog siblings for guidance/learning too, so a canine companion would be great for him. Ronan is a sweet, goofy dog with an endearing personality and tons of love to give. He will be a loving and loyal family member for a very lucky family!
All STAR animals come vetted, Up to Date (UTD) on age appropriate shots and testing, spay and neutered (if of age,) and microchipped.
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AGE DISCLAIMER: Unfortunately, most of the orphaned animals that come into our rescue looking for homes don’t bring birth certificates. Sometimes we know our pets’ ages. Sometimes we don’t. So we make our best guess based on the condition of their teeth and the veterinarians best guess. BREED DISCLAIMER: Visual breed identification in dogs is unreliable so for most of the dogs we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We get to know each dog as an individual and will do our best to describe each of our dogs based on personality, not by breed label . Microchips: For the safety of our dogs and peace of mind of our fosters and adopters, STAR microchips all dogs prior to adoption with Petlink Microchips. Please understand that all dogs MUST still wear a collar with ID tags (which include your current information) AT ALL TIMES. Please remember, our foster dogs are extremely important to us-- we will always take any of our dogs back, if for any reason you can't keep your adopted dog. Never surrender him/her to a shelter!
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