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Amazing dog needs loving home - Ryder

From: Andrea B.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:39 AM
Ryder is an amazing dog looking for an amazing home!!  
Contact is Jim Rybicki
(727)[masked]
jamesrybicki@hotmail.com
jamesrybicki<at>hotmail<dot>com
 
Ryder is a approximately four year old neutered male of Shepard/Sharpei mix. Records indicate that he was abused, suffering a stab wound on his left side and birdshot to his hind legs. He, also, has a chipped canine tooth. He weighs around fifty pounds, is housebroken and I've never had to crate him in the nearly six months I've been fostering him. He doesn't bark when left alone, he doesn't climb on furniture and doesn't go into rooms he's told to stay out of. He will bark at strangers encroaching on his territory. He 'huffs' at strange noises to let you know something is amiss. He sleeps throughout the night on his own bed made of a sheet-covered, fluffy bedspread with an extra towel on top. He, also, sleeps a lot during the day when left alone. Ryder is a cuddle bunny who loves to get, as well as give, attention. He really enjoys getting his eyes and muzzle rubbed and will ask you for more, if you dare stop. Once familiar with you, Ryder will roll over on his back when you approach him soliciting a belly rub, a sure sign of absolute trust. At the beginning, trust was not one of his stronger features. No doubt as to why. One might notice a tiny bit of tensing each time he's stroked.. even after he's come to know you.
 
Ryder's an extremely smart young man who picks up on new commands rather quickly. He knows the usual sit, stay, come, lie down, 'no' etc. He, also, gives 'paw' and will switch to the other when asked to do so. He's been trained to give both front paws alternately for wiping upon re-entering and will, also, stop for you to wipe his hind paws when the command of 'back paws' is given. Ryder was originally a runner, however, he's been trained to sit outside in front of the house on his luxurious bath mat for hours on end without leaving the premises. Ryder, also, understands the command 'drink', and will go to his bowl for a sip of water.. speaking of which, he's not a slobberer. Ryder eats twice a day. He gets 3/4 of a cup of quality dry dog food at 6:30 am, and again at 6:30 pm which he readily consumes. He REALLY gets excited at feeding time and will moan and grunt until his bowl is put down. He'll sit and wait for you to ask him for each paw and the command of 'ok', before he dives into his food. His waste is firm and non-offensive, meaning his digestive tract is in great shape. Ryder gets absolutely NO people food. He'll piddle once or twice when released in the back yard (more often on leashed walks) and poops an average of once per day. He is really low maintenance.
 
Ryder gets along with other dogs and has been in the presence of felines with no remarkable interest. He loves kids and enjoys romps around the yard with them. He has been known to fetch objects thrown and bring them back, although there hasn't been a lot of that action parlayed in the past few months due to the intense heat of the summer. He withstands his bath extremely well and just loves to be dried off. His ears, at the beginning, were a source of concern, because, he scratched, and shook them, a lot. Once I got a pattern of ear cleaning with regular Q-tips down on a weekly basis, the shaking and scratching all but disappeared. Ryder is on an extended term heartworm shot and gets Comfortis for any potential flea issue, which he has had none in the months I've had him. Ryder is a patient of Midway Animal Hospital on Seminole Blvd. Dr. Howell and staff are great folks! I, of course, am available for answers to any questions not covered here.

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