Meet Squish! This is a courtesy post. That means we are posting this listing as a courtesy to another rescue group who has the dog in their possession. Don't hit the button below because that will reply to us, not them, and we cannot tell you anything more about the dog as we do not have it in our possession. Email them as directed below if you have any questions or fill out their adoption application (also linked below) if you are interested in adopting.
Squish is with our friends at Recycled Pets NorCal
Please direct all inquries to firstname.lastname@example.org. An adoption application can be found on their website at http://recycledpetsnorcal.org/dog-adoption-application
He is adoptable in the Greater Sacramento Area and within an approximate 2 hour driving radius
He is obviously Doberman Pinscher and is possibly mixed with German Shepherd (but he looks mostly, if not all Doberman).
Squish was abandoned in a rubbermaid tub outside a Spay/Neuter Clinic when he was just days old. He had suffered head trauma and it was a miracle that he survived.
By 10 weeks, he was healed and ready for a home of his own with no obvious signs of any long term issues. He was adopted, but he began to show some anxious behaviors, including spinning and barking, and he would bark at new people in a fearful way. His adopted family ignored our suggestions, chose not to get him into training right away, and his anxiety worsened, until they finally returned him to us
He is now around 2 yrs old and weighs around 90 lbs. He is a solid, BIG boy. He is neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and free of parasites.
He has completed basic training at Tug Dogs and is very eager to please.
Squish gets along GREAT with dogs of all sizes as long as they do not mind that he is a little anxious. He likes children but would likely be best with older ones as he has the body awareness of a potato and doesn't know where he is stepping. He has not been tested with cats, but is a little intense (nose-butts) the little dogs in his foster home, so would likely be fine with a dog-savvy cat who would just ignore him.
He will play fetch with his foster mom until her arm is ready to fall off. He also loves to play soccer (he will both try to kick and also block/catch the big rubber ball when it is kicked to him). If you will play any kind of ball game with him, he will love you.
He does have some stranger-danger and generalized anxiety (common for the breed) but once the stranger throws his ball for him he stops barking like they are robbing his bank. This is a very common in Dobermans as they were bred to guard their people. His best home would be one that had the same visitors over and over again or who did not have many people coming in and out. Squish requires proper introductions (which we think all dogs should be given, regardless of their personality). His foster mom will show you that process and will set you up for success.
He takes a cheap medication for his anxiety (now well-controlled) that runs about $8/month per GoodRx. We will send him with a three month supply with refills authorized at the pharmacy of your choice for a total of one year (most allowed by law)
He is housebroken, crate trained, walks well on the leash and as you can see below -- he loves car rides even though he is really a homebody; he wants to be home with his people and all the balls he can find..
He does not need hikes or long walks or dog parks (nope, please no on the dog parks), he just needs a yard and a ball and a patient and loving new mom and/or dad.
He has a heart of absolute gold. He has some trust issues but once he knows you will not hurt him, he will be the most loyal and loving companion you have ever known. He is past his teenage brat phase, so it's nothing but well behaved love from here on out. Squish has the cutest docked tail (he came that way) that wiggles like crazy when he is really excited, which will melt your heart.
If you are interested in adopting Squish, please fill out an adoption application at http://recycledpetsnorcal.org/dog-adoption-application
Questions should be directed to the group who has him in their care Recycled Pets NorCal at email@example.com
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