My name is Tiger/Pretzel!

Mastiff/Hound (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Cranston, Rhode Island - Tiger/Pretzel
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Handsome Dan's Rescue for Pit Bull Type Dogs

Facts about Tiger/Pretzel

  • Breed: Mastiff/Hound (Unknown Type) Mix
  • Color: Brindle
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Tiger is a resident of Providence Animal Rescue League where he has been matched to me, Heather Gutshall, ACDBC, CPDT-KA as his trainer. Once adopted, he comes with free private training with me thought PARL's Leap Fund. Tiger's training and enrichment supplies provided through Handsome Dan's Rescue's Take My Lead Program.

I call him Pretzel, but his official name is Tiger. He is 1 year and 7 months old and was surrendered by his owners with his mother to PARL when they were moving and could not take their dogs along. His mother has no issues at all, she is outgoing and friendly and will be easily adopted. But Tiger is a fearful guy. He has likely not seen too much of the world outside of his previous residence. The way we have learned to break through to Tiger, who otherwise will remain locked within himself due to his fear, is to gain his trust through the presence of another dog. For that reason, it is my hope that Tiger will go to a home with another dog. This will give him more confidence and ease the transition.

Tiger will need a patient adopter. He is afraid of new people, and will need a little time to warm up. But when introduced properly (and that is what I am here to help with) he bonds quickly and once he trusts you, you are IN!

Young Tiger is one of those anybody's guess breeds. He could have some Boxer with that deep chest, Mastiff with those huge paws and hound with those long legs and long thin body. His coat is a shiny honey brindle and complemented by his adorable floppy ears and intensely deep brown eyes.

What stands out the most to me, as his trainer, is how hard Tiger tries. He is afraid to go on his walks with me, but musters the courage because he knows I want him to. I will be taking him on day trips and overnights to my home to work with him and help to prepare for adoption. Last night was his first overnight with me, his first time out of the shelter since he was surrendered. He was afraid, but within two hours he was cuddled up with me on my couch, like a big sack of potatoes.

Tiger will need a little more time that the average dog to build a bond, but his trust will be all that more valuable.

Please feel free to email me directly with any questions about Tiger at

About Handsome Dan's Rescue for Pit Bull Type Dogs

About Our Rescue Group...

We help with the placement, care and the overall wellbeing of dogs in local shelters, rescues, and other facilities throughout the state of Rhode Island.

We Provide Foster Homes
We advocate the rescue​ and placement of pit bull type dogs from local shelters previously considered "unadoptable" through a network of volunteer foster homes. Many dogs have been rescued from severe abuse and neglect, often including victims of dog fighting. Because the dogs in our program often require extra care, including medical, training and rehabilitation, our rescue is small by design.

We Give Enrichment to Shelter Dogs​
Long days of boredom can take their toll on even the most solid of dogs resulting in kennel stress. HDR's Enrichment Program pairs one of our enrichment specialists with a dog in crisis.

We take shelter and foster dogs through Outbound Hounds' Pit C.L.A.S.S.
Classes offered free to dogs in foster care or current residents of local shelters thorough our partnership with Outbound Hounds.

We Sponsor Free Spay/Neuter for At-Risk Dogs
Each year we are able to assist a small amount of owned dogs whose guardians are unable to afford the surgery. This program often results in at-risk dogs being able to stay in their homes rather than being turned in to local shelters.

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Come Meet Our Pets...

All of our adoptable dogs can be seen on our website ( and at We will list special events on our website as well, and on Handsome Dan's facebook page.

Our Adoption Process...

We have a standard application that requires information about past and present pets, the home and yard, veterinary references and at least two non-relative references. All references are checked and a meet and greet is scheduled, typically in the foster home, prior to approval. A thorough home visit is then conducted (with photographs) and then we will allow the potential adopters to have any resident dogs and children meet the foster. HDR provides full support through and after the adoption process to minimize potential failures that can be stressful for the fosters and devastating for potential adopters.