Patrick is estimated to be a 2 1/2 year old, 55 lb. Brittany mix NBRAN saved from a county shelter in Ohio. To the best of our knowledge, he was found running stray. He was in a foster home for over a month and was making good progress in a home with two resident dogs but because he had an altercation with the one puppy in the home it was necessary to move him to a different environment. Resource guarding may have been the cause of the altercation as food was involved. We have not been able to find a non-dog or cat foster within the organization, so he is being well cared for in a local kennel for the last several months. Since Patrick has only seemed to have "curious" to friendly greetings with most other dogs on leashed walks and did not exhibit any dog aggression in his kennel environment, we tested him in an off leash situation with a truly neutral dog. He was not aggressive, however his off leash play was so rough, it could be considered "socially inappropriate" to another dog and trigger a confrontation from a dog that was not as tolerant of his exuberance. For his play habits and his believed resource guarding incident, we feel his best placement would be in a home with no other dogs or cats. He had cats in is previous foster home but as he became more comfortable there, he did seem to want to chase a cat if it would run, but a lot will depend on the demeanor of the resident cat.
Patrick is an awesome dog socially with humans and wants to be the center of ALL of your attention. He is curious and maybe a slightly anxious about meeting new people, but once he greats a human appropriately, he quickly relaxes. He can be goofy and loving once he gets to know you. We are working with Patrick on socialization in other public settings now and he continues to make great progress. He LOVES car rides and is obsessed with balls in play, almost to a "quirk". He will relax "without shame" when he is well exercised, as you can see from the pictures. He walks very well on lead, and is not other dog reactive when walked in most circumstances. He has been friendly to all genders at the kennel and in the general public so we don't think he cares what gender you are, he just wants you to love him and give him attention. Patrick is loving, sensitive and smart, and is treat motivated for training purposes. He has the potential to make someone a wonderful companion! He loves to be touched and will paw you for it at times. His former foster said he loves massages. He is strong with his mouth taking toys (which we are working on “gentle”) so he is not suitable for young or small children. Patrick's perfect home would have a fenced yard (privacy optimal), with no other dogs or cats, and an adopter who has the time and commitment for ongoing training to give him the attention and strong direction he will need.
Patrick is crate trained and was fully house broken at his arrival at his foster home. He is neutered, micro chipped, and up to date on vaccinations. Patrick is currently on an over the counter natural supplement to help him relax since he has been a kennel environment for a while. We would like to see him stay on it as he transitions into his new home, then it may be able to be discontinued as he adjusts to his new environment.
Patrick has some basic training, and is still a “work in progress” in some areas, so he will need an adopter who has some previous experience in dog handling and is willing to work him to continue his training from here. Since Patrick is in a kennel now, we may consider a foster to adopt situation, where NBRAN can support you in the care of Patrick until you adopt him in an agreed amount of time, in essence you would become an NBRAN volunteer and would fill out a volunteer application, in addition to the adoption application. The Coordinator for your State will decide if foster-to-adopt is an option for you.
If you have any specific questions regarding Patrick feel free to contact Pat Amore firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-760-1294. If you would consider giving Patrick his forever home, please fill out the applications found at the following links: https://www.nbran.org/adopt/adoption-application and https://www.nbran.org/get-involved/volunteer-application. Patrick’s adoption fee is $325.00, which helps offset his vetting fees and allows NBRAN to help more of these wonderful pets. There is no obligation or commitment by filling out the forms; it just lets us know about your interest and your environment so we can better discuss this possibility. If you think you can help us to fostering Patrick only, only the volunteer application will be needed. NBRAN has a great group of volunteers for support and transportation can be arranged if you are out of our area. Please share his information if you know of anyone who is looking for an awesome companion and can provide the kind of environment Patrick needs. He is an awesome and VERY deserving dog!
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