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In shelter Dog

El Cajon, CA, 92020
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"Turbo"" is one of our youngest, or as we like to call them ""seniors in training"" and judging by his healthy teeth, gums, and remarkable agility, we estimate him to be approximately 6 years young. He arrived a stray, timid and withdrawn at Imperial County Shelter on Jan 5th. His foster mum initially described him as, ""the cat your friend has that no one has ever seen."" Of course, time, patience and a whole lot of love and faith is often all thats required. Turbo is now much more outgoing, and loves following his people and pack around. Turbo is happy to sit in your lap or next to you for attention and pets. He does not give sloppy kisses, but has started flicking us with the tip of his tongue, which is pretty darn close. Best of all, once Turbo thinks you are not so bad, he will give you a smile - Not just any smile either. This isnt just the upturned grin that you see on some dogs - This is him showing you his entire underbite grill barring all his tiny teeth!!! Hes had no issues with dogs in his size and is happy to follow them around, play, and accept humans they deem trustworthy following their lead. He does not appear to have any separation anxiety and loves his doggy companions. He recently started jumping in his foster parents laps, taking treats from their hands, and their friends hands. He is comfortable with big dogs, and isnt afraid to let a bigger dog know if he needs them to back off. 

 Turbo is a continued work in progress and a joy to witness the brave strides he continues to make. We look forward to the day he discovers that its ok to be picked up and carried. He does not seem to have had any verbal command training, so he will need a patient adopter that understands those things are foreign to him. He is, however, very good at following the lead of another dog and will take cues from them, so he will likely do well with a dog companion. Turbo is almost housetrained and can use the doggy door (he isnt a fan of going outside in cold weather or rain).


  1. American Humane Association
  2. Peeva
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association
  4. Veterinary Information Network
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