(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Good with kids,
Good with dogs,
Good with cats,
Shots are up-to-date,
Well, I don't know that it gets more majestic than Balto!
Balto is definitely a heartthrob and very much drool-worthy. This is the kind of boy that everyone would be hanging posters up and imagining one day meeting this handsome casanova! If he were human, Balto would become famous for no other reason than he is coveted by all the women and all the men want to be him. With looks like his, that is no surprise at all! I mean come on, how can one dog be THIS handsome?!
Despite his good looks, unfortunately, Balto hasn't had the best of luck in the home department. He is one of those dogs that everyone wants, but not everyone deserves. Sweet Balto originally came to us with a broken leg after wandering up to someone's house. However, it wasn't a fresh break. It was an old break which means that not only did this boy go through immense pain when it was broken but he also had to suffer for months on end while it healed. And as you can guess, it healed incorrectly which still left me in quite a bit of pain when I used it. The vet believed it was best to go back in and re-break it so we could set it right in hopes that I would finally get some relief. The surgery ended up being much more complicated than expected and things got worrisome enough that we were worried we would have to consider amputation. Thankfully, things ended up turning around and slowly but surely he started using his leg again.
This happened in 2020, and 2020 was when this lovely boy was adopted. We all thought that it would be his forever, but life wasn't done throwing this boy curveballs. Sadly, his parents split and that left Balto without a place to go. So, Balto ended up back with us. I can honestly say I don't understand how someone could ever let this dog out of their life but I guess it is their loss and someone's else gain. Folks, I am telling you right now that Balto is a one-of-a-kind type of dog. He is someone that once you meet you will never want to let go, and he will soon become your world as you will his!
Before diving even deeper into all things Balto, we are happy to report that Balto doesn't seem to have any issues with his previously broken leg anymore! That is so much more than we expected, he doesn't even have a noticeable limp anymore! He still is not a fan of his right hind leg being messed with though, so a home with no small children that might accidentally fall on it or climb on him is best. There is still the chance for some arthritis to develop as he gets older, but given his size there was a chance of that happening anyway. Balto is an 8.5-year-old male Woolly Husky mix. It is possible that he may even be mixed with Alaskan Malamute.
Despite possibly being part Husky, Balto is as far away from high energy as it gets. He is a very calm and cuddly boy. Does he like more leisurely play with his family and being with his people? 100%. Would he like running, going on super long hikes, and constantly being on the move? Heck no! Balto hasn't shown any interest in playing with toys and thinks fetch is dumb. Why in the world would he go after the toy that you threw in the opposite direction?! Sorry, but you are on your own there! Balto also doesn't seem to be tempted to get his glorious coat all wet by splashing around in the pool, so a water dog he is not.
Now, while Balto may not be into being an energetic bunny he does still like adventure. He absolutely lights up when it comes to car rides and cannot get into the car fast enough. He has been to several places with his foster family such as Lowe’s, Atwoods, TJ, Maxx, Petco, and TSC, and has done wonderfully. As long as you are taking it at a calmer pace, Balto really does love going places with his people. He would probably love walks just as much. Just no running or rushing. Balto likes to take everything in and really enjoy the time with his family. Have you ever heard of the expression stop and smell the roses? That is Balto's motto!
Balto is a big ole male which means that he has to act all macho when meeting new dogs and can be a little standoffish initially. Once he has asserted his manliness, he will start going up to say hi to let them know he is there but wander off. And finally, he will start trying to engage in some light play with them. So, his new family should be dog savvy and understand there will initially be an adjustment period for the first few days while Balto finds his place in the pack. Now, Balto is not a fan of those little yippy yappy dogs. They drive him crazy! He wants nothing to do with them and gets upset when they try to get in his face so a home with no small dogs is required. Balto doesn't appreciate their mighty attitude and prefers calmer and more laid-back dogs that are his size and know not to challenge his macho-ness. Balto didn't appreciate the cat's teasing attitude when he first came to his foster home and tried to chase after them. He has since lost interest but unless the cat was very dog savvy and didn't bother Balto, it would probably be best that his new home was cat-free. Balto absolutely adores calmer kids and ones that he can just chill out with while they do their homework or watch TV. He is past the age where he could handle a kid that was always hanging on him or climbing around him, especially with his leg.
Balto has mastered the art of all things house-related. He knows not to potty in the house, he knows not to chew things up, and he can be trusted to free-roam the house. Balto isn't a barker like the Great Pyrenees and he also isn't a talker like a Husky. He is kind of in the middle. He may bark if there is an actual reason(not just a sketchy leaf blowing by) but overall he resists the urge to constantly sing(or in a Husky's case talk) the song of his people. Balto does suffer from big dog syndrome in which he thinks he is a teeny weeny little lapdog and will happily climb on top of you for pets and attention!
Do you feel that Balto belongs with your family? Are you missing your daily dose of fluff and majesticness?! Then, we hope to see you apply for Balto today!
📍 Pickup Location: Hutchinson, KS
📝 Apply at https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/hx000BP7nbQvjHX49Uur80FV3
📖 Additional Notes: Balto is such a sweet and loving dog. He has not met a human he does not like. He is the perfect Velcro dog and would prefer to be right where his human is. He loves to cuddle and definitely has the big dog syndrome, thinking he is a little lap dog. He doesn't mind being bathed or brushed, probably because he’s getting attention. He loves car rides and hanging his head out of the window. He also enjoys going to different stores and getting pup cups. It’s truly a mystery to me as to why someone would give him up.
I think he’d probably do best in a calmer house with medium/calmer dogs. He’s not fond of small dogs. He does well with kids from 9 years old and up (that’s what he’s been exposed to)