At just 3 - 3.5 years old and 20 lbs, this very beautiful pup is a blank slate waiting for positive input and guidance to be the best dog he's capable of being. We'd love to match Astro to a family that will spend lots of time with this very portable guy. He's a perfect size to accompany his family just about anywhere...and would love it.
Positive reinforcement group obedience class will not only provide socialization and great skills...but will cement the relationship between Astro and his family. He's so smart that he's a natural to succeed in learning his skills...and would be so excited at his successes!
Astro gets lots of attention when he's out and about...he's engaging (while a bit shy at first) and as sweet as can be. He's also extremely eye-catching...he appears to be a mix of the very popular (and sadly opportunistically bred) Mini Australian Shepherd with a bit of Spaniel.. but we would never want to swear to it. He's just an adorable and fun scruffy guy that's irresistible!
When Astro turns that gentle look in your direction (with those amazing dark and expressive eyes), you can't help but smile at his adorable ways. You can see a bit of a sign that this young pup has had difficult times. But not for him to be negative..a smile and a wag is more Astro's style. It's clear that he is working on leaving any pain behind.
It's not unusual to see a sensitive guy like Astro with dermatitis after the stress of being homeless on the streets. This skin condition comes about from anxiety and filth. Astro will be held in a Texas foster home prior to his transport to Colorado. He will be provided with great nutrition, medicated salves/baths, antibiotics and tons of love and nurturing. This condition heals quickly with these appropriate medications and a clean/nurturing environment.
Farfel's Rescue is searching for either active retirees or a family that chooses to spend lots of time with their pup. Retirees tend to make their dogs true family members while being open to them coming along in their daily lives. Astro would thrive on the time and attention of this type of lifestyle. A family with dog-crazy kids would also be great. Astro would love nothing more than to come along for baseball practice and fun activities. Once bonded, Astro will be a loyal and positive companion....that makes him very easy to spend time with just enjoying the wonders of life in Colorado. Astro would also enjoy time with dogs of similar size who can be gentle playmates.
It is Astro's love affair with life and all the hardships that he's suffered along the way that motivates us to put him through Heartworm treatments..his precious life deserves to be saved! Astro has tested low HW+ and Farfel's (with the help of Dr G in Denver) has volunteered to save this very special dog's life. The heart worm treatment process involves several shots followed by a short period of quiet time for the dog. We have found this protocol to be very successful and the dogs go on to live long, happy lives.
We are seeking an adopter to lovingly care for Astro as he becomes Heartworm negative. It's quite an easy rehab process as it only entails mellow time with soft words and belly rubs. Farfel's will pay the vet bills and provide premium food and treats for this special pup as he becomes healthily heartworm-free.
Astro will be arriving on transport in Boulder on Friday 3/24/17. Applications are being accepted and can be found at http://farfelsrescue.com/adoption/. If you're interested in this sweet and cuddly best friend, please fill out and return to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 303-443-7730 or mail a hard copy to Farfel's Farm 906 Pearl Street Boulder, CO 80302.
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