8 year old male
Large dog friendly
Fostered in Albany, OR
Hey Everyone! My name is Spike and while they tell me I’m 8 years young, I think they have it wrong! I love walks and runs and am always ready to go when you are. My foster Mom and Dad say that I am the sweetest boy ever! I love relaxing by the fire but I will jump up at the mere hint of a walk! I get along great with my Boxer foster sister and we race and play around the back yard. I guess we can get a bit rambunctious when we play as my foster parents will sometimes give us a time out. I must admit I’m not too sure about larger boy dogs, cats and little dogs. I’ve met them and I’m convinced that they just want me to chase them but my foster parents seem to disagree! Oh well! I haven’t met any little kids yet so I’m not quite sure what they are.
I’m not crazy about the crate but will go in if you make me. I have to warn you that I’ll pout and cry in there though. I don’t mind going in there to have my meals with the door open though. I’m a good boy and am housebroken so there really isn’t any need to crate me. I do need to take frequent potty breaks but I know to whine and let you know if I need to go. My foster home has a doggy door so that’s been great! I watched my foster sister use it and taught myself so I can go when I need to. My foster parents tell me I’m a smart boy and they have also been teaching me to use the bell to let them know if I need to go out (when the doggie door is locked for some reason), just in case your home doesn’t have a doggy door and I think I have that down about 95% right now. It would be great if you could give me some refresher lessons once in a while until I ace it. If you let me go potty one last time before bedtime, I will sleep through the night. That’s why I get to sleep in the room with my foster parents! I haven’t been left alone on my own so I’m not sure how I will like that. I love being around people so maybe you can hang out at home all day with me?
I haven’t met a human I haven’t liked and they seem to love giving me cuddles and pets, which I can never get enough of anyway. I love being on your lap and can be a little pushy to get on. You just have to give me a gentle push and tell me “Off” and I’ll get the picture. I’m a real polite gentleman and will only get up on the furniture if you let me. A large well-padded comfy doggy bed of my own is a great alternative to the couch though. I can stretch out, curl up or hang my head over the edge when I feel like it.
Have I told you how much I love walks? Well, let me tell you again, I LOVE WALKS! I’m learning to be good on the leash though. I get so excited when I get on walks that I may pull a little at first but a gentle tug will let me know I’m being rude. My foster parents sometimes let me walk as far ahead as the leash will go and a firm “heel” will usually bring me back in step with you. I do need a reminder now and again as I get so engrossed in looking around me. I am so curious about the chickens, goats, horses and other animals that I see in my foster neighborhood that it is best you keep me close. Loud noises sometimes startle me but a reassuring word and a pat on my head will settle me right down. My foster parents have been teaching me to stop and wait every time I hear a car about to pass. I guess they don’t want the exercise running after me in case I decide that it may be fun to run after it. A close second is car rides. I love them too and am well behaved when I get to go on one.
I’m pretty food motivated just so you know in case you want to teach me new tricks. I’m not a picky eater but my teeth are as old as me so soft food and treats are my favorites! I love my grain free kibble moistened with water and topped with some canned food. I’m not food possessive and have never tried to steal my foster sister’s food. We do have separate corners when we eat though. I also don’t beg for human food. That is just rude! I do love drinking water though! I drink a lot of water through the day and my foster parents limit my water intake in the evenings so I don’t get uncomfortable at night.
Everyone tells me what a good and sweet boy I am. I will only bark at strange noises at the door to alert you but I am a gentle boy and am generally quiet. I am pretty convinced that they have my age wrong even though I have a little gray on my muzzle. My foster parents also call me a handsome boy and call me perfect.
Foster Parents here:
Spike 2 is such a perfect pup! He is such a mellow, loving and gentle boy. He loves being around people and can get a little anxious when you are out of sight for too long, so having someone home all day would be perfect for him. We have never left him alone at home so we are unsure how he will do either crated or loose. He does great with our female Boxer and did great when he met our son’s female Boxer as well. We do not know about male dogs. He is so easy to love and Has been a hit with everyone who has met him. Spike 2 will make a wonderful addition to one lucky family.
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