7 Year Old • 85 lb • Male
Needs a home without cats.
Or, make a donation toward my care:
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 came to IAR after being rescued from neglect. As he's regained his health, Lenny has become more energetic, playful, and bouncy. He has been great with children, though he would probably not be right for a house with an infant. He has some timidity and will cower at times, but is coming around to trusting and loving more people. He is always well-intentioned and generally good with other dogs, though he can sometimes attempt to dominate. He is overexcited by cats and should not share a home with them. A big, strong dog, he is actually good on a leash, pulls very little (though a firm grip is needed if he spots a squirrel), and is highly trainable.
Lenny likes his crate, 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, keep an eye on you, and want to sit near you on the couch or a nearby dog bed. He does not venture far. He does not gobble or show food aggression with people and has a healthy appetite. Lenny is curious and wants to explore - not surprising, after life in a confined space!
Lenny would do well in a home with a young, active person or someone who has time to train him or work with a trainer. A fenced yard would be great. He will get in the car easily and loves to go on trails. He wants to feel secure and demonstrate his loyalty. Lenny really likes his ears and hind end to be scratched. He is a great dog. A week or two of patience will pay off big time with this very special guy.
History: Lenny came into IAR from a rural shelter.
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: No
Good with Young Kids: Yes
Good with Older Kids: Yes
Health Information: Vastly underweight when he came to IAR, Lenny had painful ear infections, and much of his fur was gone, showing raw patches of skin. Loving care has allowed him to reach a healthy weight and his skin has recovered and his fur grown back in. 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. He has been fixed and is current on vaccines.
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