Gibbs lived in the same home for 7 years as part of a family, but after they had a new baby, they no longer had time for him. He found himself suddenly tied up in the backyard, and when it rained, kept in a car in the garage while his family was away at work. Poor Gibbs became anxious being left all alone with little interaction from family, and was given no daily exercise or playtime.
Thankfully, Gibbs is in a better place now. His family contacted DDB before turning him into the shelter, and he is now being fostered with 4 other dogs and a 5 year old boy he adores. He’s great with all the pups in his new pack, a playmate to the younger dogs and respectful to the older, small dogs in the home. It took him about 3 to 4 days to fully settle in, and now he cuddles, naps, and plays with his pack. Gibbs will ONLY be adopted to a home with another dog.
Gibbs has excellent house manners, and already knows his basic commands - sit, shake, down, and stay. He’s potty trained and will let you know when he needs to go outside, or it’s food time. He’s pretty calm inside the home, and loves to snuggle on the couch, or chew on his favorite bone, but he’s also playful and enjoys wrestling with the other dogs, or an active walk with his family. Gibbs is great in the car, and has been practicing his leash walking skills. He’ll still pull a little at first when he’s excited, but quickly responds to No, and is leaning.
His foster moms says that he's super sweet, and loves to be loved on. Gibbs is going to make some family and excellent companion. He’s be a great pal for your current dog and kids too.
BREED ESTIMATE: Beagle mix
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 38 lbs
APPROXIMATE AGE: 8 to 9 years
COAT TYPE: Medium
ADOPTION FEE: $350
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/hw negative
LOCATION: Arlington, VA
FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to http://adopt.ddbnova.org and complete the application.
You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to http://foster.ddbnova.org and fill out an application.
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