Introducing Forest! Forest is a big teddy bear and SUPER soft. He is a Staffordshire Terrier mix, and maybe boxer? Those tiny ears had to come from somewhere! He weighs about 55lbs and was born around September 2015. For being as young as he is, he has such a mellow demeanor!
Forest is very polite when sniffing other dogs and meeting them for the first time. He does not require soft introductions and usually very confident to meet new friends! He’s pretty much housebroken – accidents are few and far between at this point! He has not met cats, but we imagine he’d do fine after a good sniff- he is a curious boy after all! If they ran away he might chase them but he would probably think it’s an awesomely fun game of chase like with other dogs! Forest LOVES children and would do fine with any age but he sometimes forgets his size/strength when he gets really excited so he might do best in a home with kids big enough he can’t accidentally knock over during his happy wiggles. When he is around other dogs, he loves to run and wrestle. With as hefty as he is, he can certainly keep up with the large dogs, but he can also be super sweet and gentle with smaller dogs. Confident defines Forest; all he wants is a friend and he goes straight up to new dogs and people like he has known them forever!! Forest needs regular exercise; he is not overly energetic, but he does need some stimulation so he can do nice doggy things instead of naughty doggy things.
Despite his tough look (minus the disproportionate ears…), Forest is very much so afraid of vacuums and raised voices. If Forest hears foster mom getting frustrating and raising her voice he slowly crouches to the ground and will eventually roll over hoping belly rubs will solve all of the problems! Which usually they do because he looks so pathetic foster mom can't help but laugh at him! When Forest first came to his foster mom’s house he was not a fan of his crate at all. He would often cry and try (and often succeed) to escape. However, after a little bit of work Forest has learned his kennel is a safe space to hang out. Especially if Forest can see other dogs from his crate, so he knows he isn't alone. If foster mom gives him a stuffed bone he settles right down with very little crying. So Forest might do best in a home where he has a sibling to look to for comfort when his people are away while he continues to learn that his people will always come back for him! Foster Mom says that plenty of exercise and stimulation is the key to managing and overcoming his anxiety. Once he can be fully trusted with his housebreaking, giving Forest the run of the house would probably work out just fine as well!
As of now, Forest gets plenty of time outdoors with his doggy roommates, it’s a beautiful time of year where foster mom leaves the back door open and everyone can play outside (or nap in the sun!) as much as they want! Though Forest is not overly needy, he certainly has an attachment to his humans and wants to hug and love on them after being gone for the day. It’s too cute when he frolics around all snorty and stout. Night is Forest’s favorite time of day! He jumps up into bed and curls up right next to foster mom! He lays his head on her shoulder and snuggles up close, then after a few minutes of snuggles he minds his space and curls up nearby on the bed to sleep. Forest is just an extremely sweet and loving lug with a great pitty smile! He understands patience and has such an adaptable attitude. Except with tug-of-war… he MUST win tug-of-war!!!
With that short, stocky figure and those itty-bitty ears, you can’t help but love Forest! He has got to be one of the coolest dogs, personality wise, and is so easy-going. Hurry up before someone else snatches him away!
We require a home visit for all of our adoptions. Because of this, we only adopt to homes within 30 minutes of Athens, GA. Please visit our website for more info.(www.athenscaninerescue.com)