Cocoa Charlie (CC) is almost 9 years old and lived most of his life in a backyard and small laundry room. We've had him to the vet and other than an arthritic left back knee (that doesn't slow him down at all) and a pending dental he is in good shape! CC LOVES nothing better than to retrieve a ball and have his belly scratched. The vet recommends swimming over running and CC loves to swim, so throwing a ball into a pond to fetch is a good way exercise him.
CC shows no signs of resource guarding , is social and friendly with both men and women, is housetrained, loves to cuddle and gets along well with other dogs.
He can often become overexcited when he sees small dogs, cats or children. He is eager to greet everybody he meets but he can sometimes be a bit overwhelming with smaller animals and people due to his size and enthusiasm . He currently lives with two female medium sized dogs and respects them (he sometimes humps but when told to stop by the other dogs he listens and stops)
CC does not walk well on leash but he is learning and just needs consistency, positive reinforcement and practice.
Since being in his foster home CC has not been left all on his own. CC lives with 2 dogs and 2 humans. "Only once and very briefly, we left him alone and he howled the entire time" says his foster mom adding "he doesn't ever want to go back to his lonely life so it would be best for him to go to a home with another dog; ideally and preferably a female if possible".
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CC loves when the leashes come out! He does a little dance and sings a little song. I tell him to sit and we wait until he sits before the leash goes on. CC is starting to discover that the calmer he can be, the sooner we can go out the door. CC LOVES his walks.
CC doesn't mind the car at all. He can't quite jump up into our SUV so I have to help lift his back end in.
CC is a chewer. But he seems to know the difference between a toy and a non-toy. CC chewed a child's doll that was left where he could get it but he has never chewed a shoe or a table leg or book or anything that wasn't a toy.
The vet tells me that CC is a good weight and it is important to help CC maintain that weight.
CC knows sit, lie down, drop it and fetch.
CC will bark just once or twice when somebody walks by and will quickly quiet down. CC has a big, deep growl when he thinks its needed, which is when we're all in bed and somebody makes noise outside. Because of that growl, I've never felt safer or slept better!
CC is a happy-go-lucky, big old lug. Sometimes he snores but not too loudly. CC's snoring is another nighttime noise that makes me sleep better.
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