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Loving young dog needs good home! PLEASE read & share

From: Courtney
Sent on: Sunday, July 29, 2012 11:29 PM
Pit/Lab/? mix
1.5 years old
approx. 40 lbs (but needs to fatten up)

A few days ago this sweet pup was found on the street in a impoverished neighborhood when my boyfriend got lost on his way home. He was skinny and malnourished with some flesh wounds on his neck. We took him in and immediately fell in love. He is extremely loving, curious, and the best combination of relaxed and playful. He is fine just laying by your feet or playing a rowdy game of tug-o-war. He also loves to give kisses. The only time we have ever heard him bark is when visitors come to the door.

I took him to the vet and found that he had no microchip. The vet said that he is in remarkably good health with no heartworms which was not expected considering his condition. I got his rabies and bordatella shots and he will need his boosters in about 1-2 weeks. He was also neutered friday. This was quite possibly his first vet visit because he still has his dew claws which are typically removed shorty after birth to prevent from them getting snagged and infected. The vet said he won't get much taller but he will fill out when he gets healthier.

We would LOVE to keep him if it weren't for one reason: every chance he gets he chases my cats and it is really stressful for them. We currently have 2 indoor/outdoor cats and a pit/beagle mix. These animals come first in our household and while he gets along great with our dog(they have actually become great pals) because they are relatively the same size, his instincts kick in with any really small animal (tiny dogs included). We took him to the dog park yesterday and there were 10+ large and medium breed dogs there and he got on just fine, running, playing, but also seeming a little shy and timid. 

This dog would be best as the only pet in the household. He is making a lot of progress with getting house trained and seems to have learned the 'sit' command and to take treats gently. He also walks on a leash very well. I have been working with him A LOT since we took him in and I expect his future owner to be prepared to do the same. He could be a fantastic dog if someone put in the time and energy and really gave him the attention and training he deserves.

I would love for anyone interested to come and meet him. I want to assure he finds a suitable home so before he is adopted all i ask is to do a brief house check and see some proof of employment. I don't mean to be intrusive, but I care a lot about this dog and that is why I can't just drop him at the LASPA and not know where he ends up. I am paying for all his shots and vet bills and I don't want any adoption fee or other compensation, just the comfort of knowing he has a good home.

We have been calling him Graham and if you are interested in giving this former street dog a loving home please call [masked] or email with questions.


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