7 Year Old • 75 lb • Male
Needs a home without cats.
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Physical Description: Lenny is a tall blond shepherd/chow mix with a long tail, and a supercute face and nose. His face reminds me of a bear. He has long, long legs and lopes almost like a wolf.
Personality: Lenny is a big guy with a big heart. He has come such a long way already from his life on a chain, neglected and starving . . . to a near picture of health. Lenny has herding tendencies of a shepherd that he is just beginning to get in touch with. Lenny is docile and quiet—great with children and generally good with other dogs. He can sometimes attempt to dominate. He has some timidity and sometimes cowers, but is coming round to trusting and loving. He is overexcited by cats and should not share a home with them. A big, strong dog, he shows interest in squirrels, so a firm grip on the leash is necessary. He is otherwise good on a leash, pulls very litte, and is highly trainable.
Lenny likes his crate and his bed and his Lovey toy. One of his favorite games is to pull stuffed animals out of the basket and carry them around and then drop them and go get another one. If you can provide such a basket, get ready to be entertained! Once he gets to know you, he will follow you around the yard and keep an eye on you. He does not venture far. He stays nearby and will want to sit near you on the couch or a nearby dog bed. He eats well, calmly, and does not gobble or show food aggression with people. Lenny is curious and wants to explore—not surprising, after life in a confined space. He just successfully got in a creek for the first time and was pleased to find out that it would not hurt him but instead might become enjoyable!
Lenny would do well in a home with a young, strong person or someone who has time to train him or work with a trainer. A fenced yard would be great, but is not necessary. He does not wander. He will get in the car easily and loves to go on trails. He wants to feel secure and demonstrate his supreme loyalty. Lenny really likes his ears and hind end to be scratched. He is a good, good dog. A week or two of patience will pay off bigtime with this very special guy.
History: Lenny came into IAR from a rural shelter, in immediate danger of euthanasia.
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: No
Good with Young Kids: Yes
Good with Older Kids: Yes
Health Information: Vastly underweight, Lenny had severe pain from ear infections, and was covered in parasites—with much of his fur gone, showing raw patches of skin. After much medication, special baths, rejuvenating dog food, and spectacular attention and care, Lenny’s skin is recovering nicely, and his fur is growing back in soft and lovely. He has some scarring on one ear, but it just adds character. Heartworm positive, he is on a slow protocol that is expected to cure him by May 2018.
IAR Sponsored Training: IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Group classes for puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount to IAR adopters.
IAR ID#: D-17-040