(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Good with dogs,
Spayed or Neutered,
Boomer spent the last couple of weeks in a foster home where he got some good practice living in a house. Now he cannot wait to find his forever family!
“I’m a HAPPY DOG! I can forget how big I am and am easily excited, so get ready for lots of love. I can walk for hours, obsessed with treats, and when I’m tired, I love to snuggle while I snore. My favorite thing is thick green grass; I can lick all the morning dew off if it’s damp. I used my mouth to explore everything. Although I never bit anyone, I’d chew on human hands and feet when I needed attention.
Sometimes I see things I want to chase: cats, squirrels, lizards, and even shadows are exciting. The humans continued to distract me; sometimes, it worked with those high-value treats. I even found critters living under the grass and tried to dig them up, but I never reached one. I could dig fast, though, and it constantly caused some yelling. I think they were cheering me on!
I have this special crate that’s only mine. At first, I didn’t like it, but then I learned that being calm gets me all the treats I could ask for. Mellow music was on when I came in here, and I always fell asleep. I would nap here for hours during the day. Sometimes I would even take myself in there. I love to chew on things and would get my favorite kong balls with peanut butter. The humans never put me in the crate for punishment, so I didn’t hate it.
I only peed in the house once, and it was when I first got here. The excitement was overwhelming. After that, I would walk to the door when needed, and the humans knew what I was doing. We also spent so much time outside I could go whenever.
The tricky thing for me was leaving the older dogs alone, especially in the house. I wanted to play so badly, but they got tired. I kept trying, though! The dogs would get mad. Or maybe it was just them being silly; I couldn’t tell the difference. I think this upset the humans as I would get a time out. But I’d keep trying to play with them! I was on my best behavior when I was away from the dogs. I was calm and obedient when I was the main focus and didn’t have to share the love.
Another tough time was when I was in the car, and a human outside would hand something to my human in the car. I knew my job was to keep everyone safe, and I barked ferociously to keep all in the car secure. It worked. When the car was moving, I loved snuggling. It made me sleepy, and since the windows were only open enough for me to sniff, I’d often go to sleep. I bet I could jump out of the windows if they were open.
Going to sleep made me anxious. I needed to run around, bark, and jump on everyone when I got tired. I fought sleep often and would try my best not to miss out on anything. But once I passed out, I would be OUT. I’m not sure why this never got any easier, but sleeping was terrifying.
When one of the humans left for work and came home, I couldn’t contain my excitement. They tried many things, but I needed to know how much I loved them. I’d try to get the older dogs involved, but they didn’t seem to care as much as I did. These parts of the day were when I got the most time-outs as I would start biting everything.
I know those humans loved me. We cuddled every day on the couch when I slept for hours. I think we all loved the long walks. And when I wasn’t around old, grumpy dogs, I could focus on whatever they wanted me to do.”
If you think you may be interested in meeting Boomer please contact the City of Chico Animal Shelter. Please call 530-894-5630