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.
Forest confidently meets small dogs and is instant best friends. With large dogs, however, he requires soft introductions. He is usually very confident to meet new friends but if the new friends aren’t polite (ie, they jump all over him before getting to know him, growl at him, etc) it makes him nervous and a little upset. A good welcome sniff is just polite! So dog parks are not Forest’s idea of a fun time but he loves taking walks and playing at home, so who needs a park with rude dogs anyway!?
He’s pretty much housebroken – accidents are few and far between at this point! Forest has met a few cats now but he seems to be scared of them… Yep. That’s right…big, stocky Forest is scared of cats! He freezes in one place and won’t move at all. Foster Mom has to carry him past the scary cat!
Forest, however, LOVES children and would do fine with kids of all ages. He sometimes forgets his size/strength when he gets really excited so he might do best in a home with those 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 his two sisters who are his size, but he can also be super sweet and gentle with smaller dogs. He has now lived with three puppies ranging from 5lbs to 15lbs and played gently with all of them! He currently lives with a very pregnant Holly and a shy Heidi and has proven to be able to adjust his play accordingly. He leaves Mama Holly alone since she doesn’t feel up to playing and he wrestles and runs with Heidi when she is curious and wants to play. After a while, Heidi needs a break and he goes on about his way and finds a chew toy so she can relax in her own way.
Confident defines Forest; all he wants is a friend and he goes straight up to new people like he has known them forever!! He gets soooo excited he jumps up and tries to hug his new friends (hoping they will scratch that oh so special spot on his neck!) and he just can’t imagine why someone wouldn’t want his free hugs! So Forest is working hard on learning to only hug when permission is granted instead of just giving them away 😉
Regular exercise is a must for this big guy. 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 frustrated 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 they usually 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 (and a matched stubbornness level from Foster Mom), 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. 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. She has left him alone a few times for short trips and all he does is sits by the door, waiting for her to come home!
When the weather is nice, Forest gets plenty of time outdoors with his doggy roommates. Everyone plays outside (or naps in the sun!) as much as they want! With the weather getting colder, Forest wants to spend more and more time inside. His short coat isn’t very warm so Foster Mom has been bundling him up in a sweater to stay snug. Forest 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. He absolutely loves night time – he jumps into bed and curls up right next to his 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 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!
To ensure our dogs are placed in a safe environment, we require a home visit for all adoptions. Because of this, we typically only adopt to homes within 30 minutes of Athens, GA. If you are further away than that and are interested in one of our pups, please still fill out an application and we can discuss your options. Please understand that you would be responsible for all transportation - meeting the dog, picking the dog up to start a trial, returning the dog should he/she not be a good fit, etc. Please visit our website for more info. (www.athenscaninerescue.com)