During his time at the shelter he developed "happy tail" which is caused by being such a happy dog and wagging his tail so much that he hurt the tippy top of it on the walls of his enclosure. He's recovered with the aid of a cushiony bandage you may see in some of his photos. Despite his happy demeanor, Boston is a really laid back guy. His energy may pick up some after his heartworm treatment is finished, since that usually makes dogs a bit more lethargic, but he seems to be your typical lab personality. He just wants to be with you. As with many dogs that have not had a stable home life, he does have some separation anxiety when left home alone in his crate. He’s fine in it overnight if he knows you are home with him, but if you leave the house, he becomes very upset and desperately tries to escape his crate. His foster home has worked diligently on this in preparation for his crate rest during his heartworm treatment, and he has come a long ways. He's still not thrilled at the prospect of being left behind, but he is much calmer in the crate now and will settle, especially if his foster brother is in the crate nearby. His first heartworm treatment was administered late April and his second (and final) round is set for the end of May after which he will be ready for his new family!
We think Boston will probably do very well in a variety of homes. He gets along with other dogs, enjoys adventure, car rides as well as napping, and is very sociable with people. He does live with a bunny and does fine while she's caged but cats seem to really interest him and he chases them if given the opportunity, so he’d probably do best in a feline-free home. He will also need a tall fence or direct supervision when outside - he gets anxious if left outside on his own and is able to jump over an average 4 foot fence. As he has settled into his foster home over the past few months, he has lost interest in escaping the fence, but his new home will need to be aware of this tendency especially in the beginning.
If a sweet Velcro dog is what you are looking for, look no further than Boston. He’d can’t wait to meet his new family!
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