Buddy is an 11 month old black male with natural ears. He came into rescue after the local Dog Control officer picked him up for ‘running at large.’ (Well, he IS a Great Dane; how else would he run?) He spent 3 weeks at animal control, and when he was not claimed, they called MAGDRL. At my our initial meeting at the shelter Buddy was sweet and a bit timid. He seemed unsure about the leash, with a little submissive peeing. What was good was that when he was unsure, he comes towards people for help, rather than running away. Buddy rode well in the back of van for an hour to our house, then jumped into the front seat once I stopped. As he settles in, we’ll take him for rides and see if he needs a barrier to stay in his place. After only three times of physically carrying him into the crate, he has learned to go in on his own. He gets all his meals in there, plus treats—it’s not a bad place. So far he has enjoyed the dog bed in there and not chewed on it. He has a marrow bone and a fleece toy for chewing. He may whine briefly in the crate, but is generally quiet and relaxed while in the crate. So far he sleeps overnight in the crate, barks just after 6:00 AM, and we get up and do breakfast then. Buddy is living with an 11 year old spayed female dane and a young frisky cat. He would like to play with the dane, but she doesn’t have the legs for it anymore. He is interested in the kitty, but she has taught him respect, so he does not push her. Buddy is 85 pounds of puppy, but seems smart and is learning self control faster than we anticipated. My husband taught him ‘sit’, and he now approaches and automatically sits front. We can put the leash on now with him sitting front, and he is calm and no longer pees. We are working on getting him to wait outside the kitchen area while we are cooking or eating, but his nose wants to be right with you and the food. So, we have a baby gate barrier for now. He has started laying outside the gate while we eat, getting some kibble treats from time to time. He still needs to be watched constantly, since he thinks everything is a good thing to chew on (window sill, wooden chair, flannel shirt, shoe on the floor). It’s been 8 years since we’ve had a puppy in the house, we are in the process of puppy-proofing again. Buddy likes playing with his Kong Wubba and will fetch. He has exhibited the typical dane zoomies out in the yard, and people need to be cautious and remind him no jumping once he gets going. He settles down quite nicely when reminded. We leash walk Buddy around the yard and up the road. He walks well on a loose leash and rarely pulls. Now that he is settling in at home, we will start taking him out and walking in public. So far he has been happy to meet the three friends who have come by to say hi. Buddy has a beautiful shiny black coat and is a nice looking pup. Sometimes it looks like his hind quarters are a bit higher than his shoulders. He also has a cute black dangly ‘earring’ on his right ear. I think it makes him look like a pirate—perhaps his future forever family will want to rename him with an appropriate pirate name? Our young cat Alice is sort of a wild thing. Buddy went to say ‘hi’,and wanted to play, but Alice turned into wildcat and hissed and spit. Buddy retreated respectfully to a 6’ distance, but was still hoping she might want to play. Alice remained ‘puffed up’ and growly, so I called Buddy, who came to me, with Alice chasing and throwing a few punches. Jeez, Alice, give the boy a break! She likes Sophie and Buddy, and will approach and touch noses, but she demands respect. So far Buddy is very respectful of the little furry creature with knives on its feet. Buddy would enjoy a family that spends time with him and teaches him new fun things. Our first impression of Buddy is that he is a sweet, intelligent, highly trainable pup, BUT he is still a puppy and sometimes he looses all control when running around and will knock young children down. Buddy is on medical hold till he's neutered at the end of October, and they will be a training contract as part of his adoption.
Traditional fencing is a requirement for adoption of Buddy #2. MAGDRL adopts to eastern NY, NJ, eastern PA, DE, MD, DC, WV and VA only. For adoption procedures and fencing policies please visit our website. www.magdrl.org