2-leoFrom his rescuer: Leo is neutered and has all updated vaccines (and the paperwork to prove it!), completely house trained, rarely barks (it’s a German Shepherd thing!), He never jumps on people, He never eats what he’s not supposed to… In short, he’s an exceptionally well-trained dog. Leo is looking for a loving owner who can give him regular exercise, and is capable with his sensitivities as a rescue dog. He is very, very shy when you first meet him, but incredibly loving when trust is built.
Three and a half years ago, I was biking in Brooklyn and saw a beautiful, full-sized dog run out into the street and get hit by a car. After he flipped over the hood of the car and none of the bystanders did anything, I picked him up and took him to a veterinarian.
The vet fixed up his leg (his right hind leg had popped out of the socket, but he suffered no other injuries). Because I wasn’t looking to adopt a dog, I was then in the pickle of having a nameless, collarless, unknown dog in my small apartment! I made posters and put them up all around the area where the accident happened.
After about two weeks, a woman called me and said that the dog had escaped from a warehouse where he was the puppy of one of their guard dogs. She worked there, and knew that he was kept caged all day and set loose to roam the warehouse at night. In addition to that horrible news, I also noticed that Leo (as I started to call him) had no ear flaps. He can hear just fine, but the skin where two pointed little ears would be is missing, giving him a “teddy bear” appearance. Apparently when he was a few weeks old he had an ear infection, and his previous owner cut them off! I was horrified to hear this story, and although I wasn’t looking to adopt a dog, agreed to take him temporarily and take over the process of finding him a new forever home.
Because of his strange upbringing, when I first met him, Leo was very jumpy around loud noises. Three years ago, he could be very standoffish and borderline unfriendly to people he was meeting for the first time. He also couldn’t climb staircases (he was a warehouse dog, after all!) and got very nervous around them.
Over the last couple of years, Leo has adjusted to a happy, normal life. He can now climb stairs. He knows and obeys multiple commands (sit, come, stay, down, outside, and to stay on his space — his mat). He has become a very friendly, lively dog.
Now that he is adjusted and I have a better sense of his personality, I feel comfortable beginning the process of finding him a permanent home with someone better qualified to work with a rescue dog and own a dog– ideally someone with experience and more time!
Leo still has some quirks. He is not always good with male dogs, although he has several female dog friends. He rarely — if ever — barks, but he “starts” when he hears noises (jumps up and comes walking over to find you to check in). Also, although I have trained him out of any directly aggressive behavior, he still shirks away from above-the-head touching, and is very sensitive about being touched below his hips (near his butt or tail). He will give a warning nip if he feels encroached upon. I have never met a smarter, quick-to-learn dog and I would bet that if anyone qualified feels ready to work with him on these issues, he would be able to adjust. I have had a lot of success getting him to be extremely obedient and much more friendly than when I met him three years ago! The best kind of home for Leo is a calm, controlled environment. NO cats and ideally NO other dogs, or at the least, female dogs with mellow attitudes. Leo most likely doesn’t get along with children (he hasn’t had a lot of exposure to them).
In addition to my own opinion, Leo has several dog sitters who work with him regularly and would be happy to share information about working with Leo.
if interested in Leo, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with the rescuer.
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