MD - DC - Northern VA ONLY - Please read bio carefully! More info at www.toybreedsinneed.org
Meet Magnificent Milo! Milo is a 2 year old, 6 pound, healthy and handsome Maltese. His silky white hair is dotted by the most endearing dark eyes and a button nose. Milo is wickedly smart - he knows sit, twirl, down, come, wait, paw, etc. He is also completely house trained and pee pad trained. He relishes in a good game of fetch or “catch me” where he will encourage his foster Mom to run around after him (it looks like he is laughing when he does this!). One of his most endearing behaviors is wrapping his tiny white paws around his foster Mom's shoulder when she picks him up and gently giving her a kiss on the cheek. He loves tu cuddle on her lap when she is at the computer or lay next to her in the evening during TV time. Milo was surrendered to TBIN for behavioral problems, namely anxiety and aggression. He came from a home with two children who did not always understand Milo’s need for space. Milo also likely lacked proper socialization as a pup and, as a result, he has some phobias (riding in cars, seeing moving cars, strangers, etc.). He is a reactive dog who, when overstimulated, becomes vocal. It is important to note that Milo is NOT an aggressive dog. He is simply a dog who lived in a not-so-great situation and has some anxieties. Milo has bitten and will bite if he is stressed. He does not like commotion, loud noises, etc. He also tends to bond with just one person and if someone other than that person tries to handle him, he can react by snapping. We are working with Milo to help him feel more comfortable and confident. He has already made tremendous progress in his foster home, however, this is an ongoing process that will require time and compassion. We will be extremely judicious about Milo's placement and we will only consider experienced, dog-savvy guardians. He is not the dog for a first-time doggie guardian. Milo will only be placed in an adult-only home (no kids of any age - no exceptions!). Milo can be vocal so a single family home is needed (we feel apartments and condos may have too much foot traffic and too many neighbors who may complain if he does “sing the song of his people"). While Milo is leash trained, he is uncomfortable with moving cars, people on bikes, etc. so, a securely fenced yard is a must for pottying and exercising. Being a young dog, he will need ample opportunities to romp and play (this also helps with his nervousness). Milo loves to play fetch and ‘catch me if you can’! He also loves performing any of the tricks he knows for a tasty treat! He also really enjoys puzzle toys - which he figures out very quickly! Milo does not enjoy car rides (he becomes very nervous and shakes). He is fine with other dogs, so a laid back, similarly sized dog would be fine. He regularly choses to lay with the other dogs in his foster home. We also think he would be okay as an ‘only’ dog provided his guardian had plenty of time for him. Milo is in a foster home with three dog-savvy cats that he is fine with. He is crate trained but prefers an exercise pen (which is what his foster family uses on the rare occasion someone is not home). Mostly, Milo wants to be with his person. He is a champion snuggler! Milo will need lots of time, support, and compassion to acclimate to a new home, but he is more than worth it!
Milo is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, Heartworm negative, has been dewormed, and has had recent blood work. If you feel that you have room in your heart and home for Milo, please complete an Adoption Application: http://www.toybreedsinneed.org/adopt-1.html
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