Jeffree hides his heart.
On the inside, warm, gentle, and loving, this handsome dog prefers to spend his time alone in his crate, rather than risk being hurt by humans. Jeffree arrived at APA, traumatized by some past abuse that made him mistrustful and terrified of people, afraid of loud noises and sudden movement. He is not aggressive, but very afraid of being looked at, of being touched-of everything human.
Jeffree needs to learn to trust, to show his love. He's not there yet. He does not like to be cuddled-that frightens him, makes him want to get away. He will allow his foster parent to do things to him - groom him, put on his leash - but he does so, trembling. Despite his fear, he has never reacted aggressively, never attempted to bite her or growl.
Once on his leash, Jeffree shows signs of the gorgeous, graceful companion he will become, walking with a lithe, lupine movement. And signs of the loving friend he will be are slowly growing. Jeffree will not be cuddled, but he will allow his foster to rest her feet on him when he lays under her desk. Now and then, he licks her hand or her foot-a huge step for him.
While Jeffree is friendly towards other dogs and loves to play with them, his submissive personality means he is a better fit with relaxed, calm, noncompetitive doggie playmates. He has very little interest in cats. Jeffree will not play with people. A home with small children would not be a good fit, although he could be placed in one with older children who would understand and be calm around him.
Jeffree needs a home with a calm, patient companion, one willing to coax him from his shell with a lot of love, to teach him to trust, to show his love, one willing to give him the training and love he has never received.
Jeffree hides his heart. But it's one worth waiting for.
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