Forest’s calling in life was to be a nanny. He has been the big brother to many ACR puppies during his stay in his foster home, most recently Holly’s puppies. He watched them grow up from the time they were born until they left for homes of their own. He kept a watchful eye over the babies while they needed to stay in the whelping box with Mama, but as soon as they were big enough to start exploring the house, Forest was excitedly teaching them how to play! He would nose the puppies around and give the most epic flop when the puppies turned around and jumped on him. Then he would just lay still as they bounced all over his face, playing and tugging at his ears and lips. When play time was over and the pups needed a nap, Forest would walk to each puppy and sniff them. If he thought they needed a little tidying up he would give them a few kisses and groom their fur until he felt they passed inspection.
Forest is not only super gentle with puppies, but loves little kids as well! At our adoption events, Forest is a huge hit with the little ones because he loves soaking up all the attention and love he can get. Even the wee little kids whose pets were a little slappy or who occasionally tugged on his ear, he would just turn his head and give their little hands kisses like their love made it his best day ever! He does come on a little strong when meeting new adults at times though. Forest gets soooo excited he just can’t contain himself and can temporarily turn into a bit of a bull in a china shop when a new friend comes over to visit. He settles down quick enough, but he doesn’t realize his strength in all his excitement. You see, Forest is a lover and he just can’t wait to share ALL his love at once, often times bounding into their laps while they sit on the couch. 56lb pup = lap dog… right?! As strong as he may seem at first, once the initial excitement is over, he is very sweet around the house.
Forest knows that Foster Mom doesn’t like to be jumped on, but he occasionally gets excited and stands up, reaching for her. Right now they have a compromise: if Foster Mom steps back, then no jumping and all 4 need to stay on the floor. If she catches his paws, then it’s time for hugs and neck scratches. Forest will absolutely melt in your hands if you scratch that oh-so-special spot on his neck ;) As far as exercise goes, he’s young and energetic so he needs a good energy outlet. If Forest has a doggy playmate that likes to rough house, then rough housing it is! He loves playing in the backyard and wrestling with fellow ACR adoptable Heidi. He will also play fetch with his foster mom if Heidi is too tired to join him for a good romp. Dog parks can make Forest a bit nervous because too many dogs barking and jumping on him at once is not his idea of a fun time. Basically, any time spent with his people is a great time, so even if he was an only pup, he would absolutely love taking long walks, jogging, hiking, or even a good romp in the backyard for his energy outlet instead!
Forest’s one bad habit is he still isn’t a big fan of his crate; he makes it his mission to escape. He has been doing so well with his house manners recently though, Foster Mom started letting him stay loose in the house with his foster sisters while she is away. So far so good! Anytime she checks in on him through her doggy camera he is either sleeping on the couch or chewing away on one of his bones. Forest can walk into the crate on command, so if the house needs to be cleaned, he can be out of the way for a few minutes. At meal time, when he hears that first scoop of kibble hit the food bowls, he walks back to his crate and patiently sits inside, waiting for his portion. So it’s not like Forest entirely hates his crate, it’s just that the couch is a much more comfortable spot to wait for Foster Mom while she is out and about. Hey? Can you blame a boy for knowing where the best napping spot in the house is?!
At night, Forest prefers to cuddle up close to his people. He gets so excited to jump into bed and snuggle, he will lay his head on Foster Mom or her pillow and fall asleep, almost immediately. If you are looking for a new BFF that is always up for anything - from cuddling on the couch to hiking the great outdoors - this sweet boy could be just who you are looking for!
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