Meet Boston, a handsome 5 year old black Labrador mix. He was brought in as a stray to Cobb County Animal Control, a high intake shelter, where he was being overlooked. Not for his lack of personality or good looks, but because he has heartworms. Heartworms are an easily preventable disease with monthly preventative, but sadly Boston didn’t receive the proper care in his former life. We wanted to give this sweet boy the chance he deserves at living the good life, so we brought him into our rescue.
Since being in his foster home, he has really thrived and is learning how to do all the normal things well-loved pups do. When he came to us he didn't know any basic commands, hadn't been house trained, and wasn't very accustomed to being treated as a family member. He's taken to the life of being loved very well! He can sit, stay, down, shake, walks perfectly on a leash and is now potty trained. We are currently working on his wait training, crate training and are at the tail end of him learning not to jump on us. Speaking of tail end, 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 is working with him on this anxiety, particularly since he will need to remain on crate rest during his heartworm treatment in April (once treatment is complete, he will be good as new).
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. 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!