3 years old
Good with Dogs
Good with Dog Savvy Cats
Good with Kids
Needs a 6' fence
Single, short furry male ISO family to love: Hi there, I’m Willy. I used to be in a family that had a lot of noisy kids and a mom that had some personal problems. One night she got into a spot of trouble and I was with her. These scary people in dark uniforms were yelling at her and she was very angry. I became scared and wanted to protect my mom; so I showed those scary people how tough I could be by barking and snapping at them. I was so scared of them, but soon learned they were the kindest of people and they kept me safe from harm by taking me to the local dog holding facility. I didn’t like it there as I was really scared and howled and cried for my mom to come find me. From time to time, the kind ladies at the facility would let me hang out in their office and snuggle in their laps. After well over a month, I got my freedom ride with my new foster mom who is with Power of the Paw.
Because of my previous experiences I tend to show other dogs what a tough guy I am by barking and kicking dirt up with my feet. Sometimes, I might even try to show them my teeth, but I have no real bite. See, that is how we small fellows make ourselves look bigger. At first I really want to show them how brave and macho I really feel I can be. But my foster mom, dad, and my new furry sisters know it is all bravado and see me for who I really am. I am really a sweet, cuddly little gentleman that just wants to love someone and protect them. After being here for several weeks, I now feel comfortable enough to let my real personality show. I like to run around in the yard with my foster sisters and we wrestle A LOT. I even have come to like the big black cat that is almost bigger than me too! I did feel at first that I had to show him who was boss; but I quickly learned that he really runs the show.
Sometimes I try and act like I am the boss by snapping at my sisters, but my foster family will call my bluff by saying “leave it” or “no” and so that isn’t as much fun anymore. They also taught me to sit and wait my turn for a treat and to slow down when I eat my food. I don’t mind if they stick a hand in it, but I lose focus quickly and want to see what my sisters have in their bowls. They aren’t fond of that, so my foster mom makes me eat in the kennel (that is my least favorite part of the day). But I would easily learn your schedule and rules because I do like to listen. My foster mom also has taught me to wait at the door when she goes in and out by asking me to sit and stay. It is so hard to do! I just want to run after her because I don’t want to be without a mom again! My foster dad is a big guy that I just love and he is just as fun to cuddle with and play with – he is fun to play a game called tug ‘o’ war – whatever that means. All I know is that I like to play with toys and I especially love to run around with them in my mouth and to toss them in the air for myself – I’ve got skills you know! Speaking of skills, I love to jump! So, foster mom says I would be great at agility. I don't know what that is, but if allows me to run and jump, then I'm IN! Due to my athletic ability I do need a fence higher than 4ft and no chainlink because I can climb it. Do you have kids or other dogs? If so, I'd love to come live with you.
My foster mom sometimes has company over and I get really scared and will bark and tuck my usually happy, wagging tail between my legs. Usually, if they ignore me and sit down, I will stop barking at them and my foster mom and dad help me to calm down by asking me to sit and stay. Sometimes, every once in a while, someone comes over that reminds me of my old life and it really scares me. I can have a hard time not telling them why they are so scary. So, my foster mom and dad are helping me overcome this and I am doing better every day. When I first came I hated the kennel and would cry and cry and cry because well, the kennel really is not my favorite thing! But now, I willingly go into the kennel on command and will quietly sleep in there at night or while you’re away. I might whine a little at first, but only for a little while. My favorite thing at night is snuggling in bed between my foster mom and dad, but they don’t let me very often (usually just in the mornings after breakfast for a few minutes). I would love a family that I could snuggle with in bed (especially under the covers). I sleep all night without needing a break and I will alert you if I do need one by rolling on the floor to scratch my back or stretch out on my belly and drag my back legs to scratch my tummy. I am a gentleman after all and will not go to the bathroom in the house - unless you forget me! Sometimes I need reminding to go outside when it’s raining and I really would rather stay inside. Since I’m making this confession to you, I also have to admit that car rides make my stomach feel queasy and I have been known to lose my lunch. So short rides in town can even be troublesome and I may need some medicine to help with any kind of car ride.
Before you decide to pass on meeting me, you should know I’m a very respectful dog during meal times and I will go lie down away from the table if asked. I don’t beg for your food – it is yours after all and I learned to be a gentleman. However, dog food is fair game and I used to not get it very often (I was a pretty skinny guy) and so dog treats and snacks will highly motivate me to do what you ask. I'll even politely wait my turn even though I just want all of it to myself. I am also obedient. I come almost immediately when called, I can be redirected with a simple command or snap. I like to go for walks, and I’m respectful on the leash. So, that’s all about me, Willy, the brave little man searching for his forever home. Are you that home? If so, please go tohttp://www.powerofthepaw.org/dog-adoption-application to fill out an application.
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