Ol' Red.

Ol' Red.

Mixed Breed
Medium (20-50 lbs)
Status: Available from another shelter

Ol’ Red is an 8 year old mystery mutt (he kinda looks like an oversized Beagle crossed with a few other breeds) who weighs about 50 lbs. He was found as a stray and ended up in an overcrowded shelter. He had an injured eye when he arrived and the vet determined that it was too bad to repair, so it was removed, but being a pirate doesn’t bother this boy at all! He is a total sweetheart. He was a shelter staff favorite and they contacted DPS to ask us to get him out of his tiny kennel and into a foster home. When our team went in to meet him, he was a bit timid, but within ten minutes he was rolling over and begging them for belly rubs! Here is the report from his foster home.

Wow- what a sweet boy! Red is incredibly friendly and loving, and he has been that way since he arrived. The biggest change is in his confidence and what he will do more comfortably on his own over time. For instance, he didn’t finish his meals at first and would run to go back inside when we went out. Now he happily finishes all meals, sits to ask for treats with the other dogs, and enjoys time outside. It’s only taken him about a week to settle in, and now it’s like he’s part of our pack! (Check out the photo of him with his foster siblings- he adores them!)

He is social and prefers to be in the same room as people and dogs but isn’t necessarily “velcro” or needy/clingy. He likes to sleep on the couch next to you and will cuddle/rest his head on your lap.

We wake up just before 7 am, the dogs go out to potty in the yard, and everyone has breakfast after shaking out the cobwebs. Red hangs out in the house with our 3 dogs during the day, and he’s a happy and content friend to them all. They go out again a few times for potty and walkabouts in the yard. We walk in the evening before dinner, and we go out again before bedtime. He is welcome to sleep in our bedroom (and bed!) but seems nervous to enter the room- probably because it’s darker and less open. He seems to prefer to sleep on the couch with a blanket, and sleeps well through the night.

We have 3 dogs (1 medium perfect senior dog and 2 large dogs) and 2 cats. Red loves them all! He and our similarly sized dog Miles have become fast friends, and they stay together most of the day. Red copies what Miles does and has learned cues and to sit from him.

Red likes to do whatever we or the dogs are doing. He keeps up with our younger dog but hasn’t really been interested in playing with balls or toys. He has enjoyed no-hide chews. He likes to lounge next to us on the couch or in a dog bed. He’s a great cuddler but is not clingy.

Red walks well on a leash but does get nervous with unfamiliar sounds/surroundings and can pull. This already has improved in a short time and continues to improve with each walk as Red grows in confidence. He is not reactive and does not bark.

Red has not had any accidents in the house. We go out often (generally at least every 4 hours or so) as we have our own 15 year old dog at home. He is not a digger, a chewer, or a barker.

He is such a catch! Red is exceptionally sweet and surprisingly gentle. He is so smart and learns very quickly to adapt to his environment. It may make him a bit shy, but his vision has never limited his activities.

Ol’ Red is an option for almost any type of home with some prior dog experience. He would love to go to a home with another dog, and cats are an option for him too. He is an option for kids over the age of 5.

This is a courtesy post. Ol' Red. is not a Muttville dog. If you are interested in adopting Ol' Red. and want to learn more about him, please contact: rachel@dpsrescue.com or https://www.dpsrescue.com.

Posted on 06.01.23

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