(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Good with dogs,
Good with cats,
Shots are up-to-date,
Spayed or Neutered,
Howdy, y’all! Call me Gunner. I’m a 2 year-old, good-natured, neutered male who’s currently being fostered a bit south of Nashville, TN. I was given away free on FB while quite underweight and living outside alone in a pen. Things are definitely looking up for me now, though! I’m eating 3 square meals a day (plus treats) and am working on gaining weight. I’m currently 58.7 lbs. I’m microchipped, up to date on vaccinations, and on heartworm/flea/tick preventatives. I’m a happy-go-lucky guy who loves being in the house, playing (sometimes kinda rough) with my Weim brother and spending some time outside with my foster family. I mostly ignore or nicely interact with the 3 adult inside cats as well as all 4 outside adult barn cats... that makes me a bit of a unicorn in the Weim world. I’ve been nose to nose with a horse through the safety of a fence and so far am quietly curious, but Foster Mom says I seem a bit too interested in the penned chickens to be trusted with them free range (just to be safe on the safe side).
I’m a friendly guy and want to greet everyone on 2 or 4 legs during our trips to the vet. So far I’ve only met adults, so no official word on how I’d do around tots and children. I’m great in the car and am learning to “Load Up” on my own (sometimes tho’ I need a lil’ boost). I lead better with a harness vs. a flat collar as I’m strong if I decide to pull, but I’m improving. I’m a typical “mouthy” Weim, but it’s mostly soft mouthing and the times I get a little bit carried away I’ve been learning the command “Gentle”. I’ve shown no signs of aggression or resource guarding. In fact my mouth is easily opened to give me pills or retrieve anything that I might not be allowed to have (spoon with peanut butter left on it - I’m looking at you).
Housetraining is something else I’m working on... right now I need to go out to potty frequently and have had a few liquid accidents, but nothing solid. The vet says that my muscle tone and ability to “hold it” should improve with my weight gain. There’s also been way less accidents since Foster Mom has learned that I pace and/or come to her as my cue to go out. I am crate trained and will go in on “Kennel” command especially if there’s a peanut butter filled Kong involved. I haven’t chewed or destroyed the quilted blanket in my crate and have never soiled my bedding. I started out sleeping in my crate, waking up a few times and barking to alert that I needed to potty. After several nights of waking the household, and since Foster Dad was traveling, Foster Mom put a doggie diaper on me as a precaution and decided to invite me on the bed with her and my Weim bro. If I do say so myself, I’ve proven to be a rock-star bed-dog with no nighttime/morning accidents.
Understandably, I’m very interested in food and am tall enough to peruse what’s on the counter. While I do make the rounds in the kitchen and hop up on my hind legs to see what food someone is holding, Foster Mom is surprised I’m pretty polite about it and am not what she calls a shark. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m happy to take what’s offered and if someone drops something I’m right there to see if it’s edible. I have a slow feeder bowl that will come with me that keeps me from bolting my kibble. I eagerly sit like a good boy while I wait for my food bowl to be put down. Otherwise my “Sit” is a bit inconsistent, but it’s getting better with practice (and more treats!).
Foster Mom is amazed at how resilient I am and finds me rather endearing. I’ll happily lay my head in your lap and just want to be petted, or sometimes soulfully look into your eyes and really try to “talk” to you. I’ll slip into the closet if the door is left open and bring a sock, or shirt to you out of the dirty laundry basket. I’m not perfect and confess to chewing one sock early on, and have helped to pull some stuffing out of a dog blanket hole that Weim bro started, but I’ve been learning to “Leave it” and am enjoying chewing on assorted dog toys instead. All in all, I’m happy to curl up on a dog bed or chair in the same room as you if you’re working on something or snuggle up with you on the couch or bed.
If you would like me to come enrich your life, please fill out an adoption application at www.louisvilleweimrescue.com. After receiving your application a LWR volunteer will contact you. Don’t fret if it takes a few days, I’m totally worth the wait.