This handsome Husky boy was found as a stray and was on the move for many weeks before he was captured. He was fearful and would not approach people, but bonded with a local St. Bernard and kept coming back to the same home to see his buddy. The family of the St. Bernard put food and water out for Zeus, and would update the local rescue folks who were trying to capture him. Once he was captured and brought to safety, he was taken to the vet for a thorough exam and thankfully is the picture of health. DDB takes in a lot of outdoor dogs likes Zues, so we were contacted to help.
Zeus is currently being fostered in a home with 2 kids and 2 other dogs, and has settled in surprisingly quickly. He is still timid and new people and hesitant to be petted, but he's warming up quickly and starting to appreciate life indoors and being part of a loving family. Zues LOVES other dogs, and really needs another pup in his next home. He has a very sweet, gentle nature and is good with kids too...
He will need a little time and work to fully settle in, but he's made great strides in his foster home quickly. See foster updates below...
Coming to N. VA 6/10
FOSTER UPDATE - 5/19/17 - (First few days in a home) - "Zeus is doing so much better than I expected. He is still not really comfortable with people petting him, but will tolerate it by his neck. It's clear he's not lived in a house, before and going through the door from outside to inside makes him nervous. Once he's inside, he's ok. He does not seem to have any aggression issues, and is very sweet with the kids and my other 2 dogs. He takes treats super gently and comes back for more. He seems to like being around my two dogs. He's met 4 of my neighbors dogs while on a walk, he was on a leash and they were not, and he had no problems.
He definitely feels most comfortable outside, but is starting to relax inside, and has already taken two naps! He's good around kids...I have three ages 7, 9 & 11. They have been able to pet him on his head, but he does have some fear of touch that I think can be worked through with time. .He comes close to you, and only reacts when you go to pet him. He's great on walks, he hasn't pulled or tried to get away. I assume he is not house trained but he hasn't had any accidents so far. I take him out frequently, always on a leash, so that helps. He is such a beautiful, sweet dog."
FOSTER MOM UPDATE - 5/22/17
"Zeus is having a good day! I have worked with him a lot after researching the best way to help a timid dog. He has relaxed and will come to me for treats now. He is still skittish trying to get the leash on him, but it's getting a little better. I think he's enjoying being inside more and more. He wouldn't cross the threshold yesterday unless I pulled him a little, now he comes right in with ease. Our hearth has become his favorite spot to nap and hang out.
He's an amazing dog. He's had no accidents and goes to the door or paces when he wants to go out. He doesn't pull at all when walking on leash. My street is very social. There are 25 kids under the age of 12 and 12 dogs. Not including the 20 or so adults that are out all the time with their kids/dogs. He is totally fine with all of it. Loves watching the dogs play. He also seems less fearful with kids than adults, and actually lets people pet his head and neck outside. He doesn't try to get away.
Aside from his fear issues, he really is a dream dog. He's only barked once, and he doesn't chew anything either. I had to run out for 2 hours today and he was great with the full run of the downstairs. He's still nervous when you touch him, and will jump if you touch his back or feet. Once he calms down you can pet his areas, though. I just can't walk up and start with his back. He's very close with our dog Penny and stays near her. I think he needs a 2nd dog in the home to help build his confidence.
BREED ESTIMATE: Siberian Husky
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 51 lbs (a little under weight)
APPROXIMATE AGE: 1.5 to 2 years year old
COAT TYPE: medium
ADOPTION FEE: $350
OTHER INFO: UTD on shots/neutered/microchipped/monthly preventatives
LOCATION: rock Hill, SC - Needs local foster
FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to http://adopt.ddbnova.org and complete the application.
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