Are you looking for the love and companionship of a Lab, but don’t want to deal with the exercise requirements and rambunctiousness of a high energy dog? Is a casual stroll to the local cafe to people watch more your speed than a vigorous hike in the woods? Are you looking for a sweet, playful and happy dog to hang out with at home? Are you the kind of person that believes when life gives you lemons you make lemonade? Then Elliott may be the dog for you.
What his former owner says about Elliott:
Elliott is a sweetheart. He loves to play tug, chew on balls and to be scratched all over. He responds very well to commands (sit, down, off) and walks well on or off leash with good recall. Elliott is very much a people dog and loves children. He came into the home as a puppy and shortly after was living with a new born (and then a 2nd) who he is very gentle and affectionate with. Elliott is loyal and loves to be with people. He also loves to play with other dogs but still very much thinks he is a puppy and can play as such.
Elliott is extremely friendly and playful and sweet and lovable. He loves to play but is also very easy going and can be content for half a day to lay in the sun. We love him dearly, but we live in a 3rd floor walk-up apartment in the city without a yard. It is difficult for Elliott to safely navigate the 3 flights of stairs to get outside and to walk all the way to a local park. We are looking to find him a new home to improve his quality of life. This would ideally be a single floor home with access to an outdoor area that he could take himself to and walk in at his leisure.
What his foster mom says about Elliott:
Elliott loves to be with people. His normal spot to lie at my home is with his rear in the computer room where I spend most of my time, and his head and paws out in the hall so he can see me if I go in the kitchen, or walk out into the backyard or out the front door. He likes watching people and other dogs as they walk by the house. He enjoys tug-of-war and is really good at it.
Elliott is the ideal dog for someone who wants a dog with a ferocious alert bark when someone comes to the door. So when the doorbell sound comes from the TV, Elliott barks and I have to tell him it is the TV and then he is quiet. He also has his soft bark to tell you he wants some attention. He also will give you soft nudges when he wants some petting. Then when you look into his brown eyes, you cannot resist. But if you are busy he stops immediately. Elliott is not a licker so your face, hands, and legs will stay dry.
Elliott has been a perfect house guest. Due to his condition, Elliott does not get on the furniture. He has never had an accident nor chewed on anything in my home. He is a quiet sleeper and willing to sleep in in the mornings. But he does like to chew and knows which toys are his (and he knows other dog toys as demonstrated when we visit a neighbor who has a dog box of toys. Elliott heads directly to the box as soon as we arrive.)
We go out 3 to 4 times a day for short 4-block walks as longer walks are difficult. There is no pulling on the leash as Elliott follows me anywhere I go. More than a couple stairs is difficult. He walks very well on carpet and stationary rugs. He does need assistance getting in and out of cars, but is a great traveler.
What his rescue rep says about Elliott:
You may be wondering what’s up with Elliott’s walking. He has cerebellar ataxia, a condition that affects the part of his brain that controls coordination and balance. There really isn’t a treatment (though his foster mom swears that the coconut oil she gives him with his meals makes a difference). So he doesn’t need a lot of special care, just a home environment suited to his mobility challenges –single story living, carpeted floors, and access to a grassy yard. He also loves to get out for short walks to explore the neighborhood. He may stumble and fall at times, but he picks himself up and continues on. He’s an inspiration on having patience, perseverance and to not let little setbacks in life get you down.
Elliott is adorable and a very happy go lucky dog. He can be a bit shy when first meeting people but loves to get belly rubs once he knows you. He does well living with young children and is friendly with other dogs. He has not lived with cats, but we think that he might do ok, as he seems to have more of a friendly curiosity than a desire to chase.
Elliott is very healthy, if only he had better control of his hind legs. He is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, is microchipped, heartworm negative, and has had regular well check vet visits.
If you would like Elliott to be the sunshine in your life, call his rescue rep Katy at 650-796-3596.
(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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