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Rescue Group: Ugly Mutts Dog Rescue
|Breed:||Hovawart/Shepherd (Unknown Type) Mix||Color:||Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)||Age:||Young|
|Size:||Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)||Sex:||Male||ID#:||013-0526|
Rollo is the most gentle dog, with the most innocent eyes and the biggest ears. It's almost impossible not to fall in love with him. One look into his big brown eyes, and your heart will melt! He is a very quiet dog and is not needy for attention although he is affectionate. Rollo is a young adult dog and weighs just under 50 lbs.
It is obvious that Rollo was never given the love and caring that he should have had. He wants so much to be loved but still has many things to overcome such as a fear of loud noises, strange men, etc. In his home where he feels safe, he is an affectionate, happy pet. He loves everyone and is even great with my 2 year old niece. He just has such a warm soul and when you look into those gorgeous brown eyes you just want to hug him. He loves being outside, rolling in the grass, playing with himself and taking long naps in the shade. He also seems to enjoy bath time. He enjoys going on walks as long as there isn't too many distractions such as heavy traffic. He is improving with this all the time however as he gets desensitized to city living. He's very active and playful when he's by himself in the backyard. His energy suggests to me that he's still a young dog.
Due to his lack of socialization, Rollo will require a patience and lots of love. He needs to continue to gain confidence in both himself and the world around him. I can see how scared he is at times, but when you look into his eyes, you know that he trusts you, and I know, without a doubt in my heart, that Rollo has a lot of potential to be a social dog and a very loyal companion. He's just in search of a leader that he can trust and help guide him into the right direction for the rest of his life.
Rollo is fine with cats, and other dogs as well. They don't particularly excite him, but he does well with them. Rollo seems more afraid of dog walkers, than the dog itself. He doesn't spend any time sniffing them or acknowledging them, he just continues walking. Rollo is fine when left home alone, or when we leave the room. I leave the crate door open so he can access his food and water. I believe he's used to being by himself. He shows no signs of anxiety. Rollo is a very quiet dog and so its great when you have babies or elders in the house. In fact, I haven't heard Rollo bark yet.
Rollo is well mannered, he doesn't come to the table, unless we call him over to feed him treats. He doesn't chew on things he shouldn't. He's a quiet dog who keeps to himself most of the time. Rollo does not know any commands, but I noticed he reacts to "NO" right away. He is house trained fully. If he needs to do his business, he walks around the house for a bit until we open up the backyard door. He has a shy bladder and doesn't seem to do his business when he's out on walks. Rollo loves his crate and he feels safe in it. I use the crate because he's still not used to being in a house environment where so much is going on - the blender, microwave, telephone, television etc. During the day, we leave his crate door and our back door open so he can get in and out when he feels like. Rollo is leash trained, but if he sees kids playing on the street, or people mowing their lawns, or any sudden movements and sounds he panics and wants to go back home. I really believe that in time he will overcome this. He rides well in the car and just lies down on the backseat.
Rollo needs someone to be his mentor and leader. He has all the potential to be a wonderful family pet and companion but at this point he needs patience, understanding, consistency and further socialization to his environment. The love you would get in return however would create a very special bond. He is a wonderful dog and even with everything that has happened in his short life, he has never given anything but love in return. Rollo is a dog that will give you his all if you are just willing to give him a chance.
If you would like to make the journey with this deserving boy, please submit an application for consideration.