Mr. Ace

IAR ID#: D-20-205

Birth Date: September 1, 2017

Gender: Male

Weight: 75 pounds

Physical Description: Mr. Ace is black with tan & white markings and medium-length soft and silky fur. He has the most amazing eyes: one blue and the other blue and brown.

Personality: Ace always has a smile on his face, and is very, very loving and sweet. I have absolutely loved fostering him. A large breed, he doesn’t seem big because of his temperament and attitude. He doesn’t realize he is too big to be a lapdog! Although Ace is fine around other dogs, he needs a home without other pets or young children (we just don’t know how he would do). He is a gentleman with impeccable indoor manners, is crate-trained and house-trained, and is not a chewer. Ace is the perfect combination of lean and athletic and soft and cuddly. He is medium-energy. He loves playing ball and tug-of-war and going on walks, and does well walking on leash. Ace can be silly and crazy when playing outside. He is super-fun and is such a great friend and companion. Ace has been an only dog his whole life, so he is really engaged with his humans. Super-smart, he is the ultimate listener and knows all of his commands. Ace wants to please and is always looking for direction. It truly is like having another person around.

Likes cats: No

Likes dogs: Unknown

Likes kids younger than 6: No

History: Mr. Ace lost his home and spent several months living outdoors before coming into IAR.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 30, 2020.

Chet

IAR ID#: D-20-173

Birth Date: August 1, 2018

Gender: Male

Weight: 55 pounds

Physical Description: Chet is a sleek black dog with glossy fur, soulful brown eyes, and irresistibly soft ears and head.

Personality: Chet is a perfect house buddy. He love-love-loves to live in the house! Chet is a very cool guy who is chill and who gets along with everybody. Chet must have a large secure fenced yard to fulfill all of his outside exploring and exercise needs. He feels stressed by walking on a leash and being crated. Chet doesn't need a crate. If he needs to be confined to an area for any reason, a baby gate on the doorway is sufficient. We think he would be happy to share a household with another dog for company. He has met and gotten along with all kinds of dogs—whether bigger, smaller, older, or younger than he is. Chet has met children from age 6 and up. He seems to be happy to share space with children. He gets all waggy and leans gently.  Chet loves to be with people but he's not too needy. He will lean on your leg or cuddle next to you if you like. He's also happy to hang out nearby on the floor while you are working or watching TV. Chet is smart and naturally respectful. He will stay when asked: you can walk out of view and he will wait for you to invite him to come join you. Such patience and self-control! He will also wait for you to share that sandwich, and wouldn't think of taking food off of a plate—even when you leave it at his eye level. Chet's interactions with our two indoor cats have been friendly and he has not shown any concerning interest in them. They are still supervised when together as their relationship continues to develop.  Chet is a strong boy and can really run fast. Chet zooms around in the yard many times during the day. He runs wide-open for a few seconds, then sniffs around in nature to get his fill of outside. He sleeps solidly all night. In the morning, after he goes out, he is happy to go right back to nap if you want to sleep in. Chet loves to be part of what the family is up to. He would be an excellent gardening partner for a family who enjoys time in the yard. Chet is an amazing dog, and a family is going to be so happy to share his life!

Likes cats: Yes

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: Yes

History: Chet was found as a stray in Durham.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 30, 2020.

Mater

IAR ID#: D-20-198

Birth Date: October 1, 2017

Gender: Male

Weight: 58 pounds

Physical Description: Mater is black with splashes of white: on his nose, neck, and chest; and he has white socks.

Personality: Mater is just the sweetest boy and he’s always smiling! He will make a wonderful family dog or a doggo for an active person. He's very playful and enjoys trying to play fetch (he hasn't quite gotten the hang of bringing the ball back yet, but he keeps trying!) Mater loves to play with other dogs and even lives with a cat who enjoys snuggling up to him. He also loves to snuggle up to you on the couch or lie by you on the floor. Mater is crate-trained and knows what you mean when you say, Go in your house. He LOVES treats and will do what you ask him to do just to get an extra one. Mater also loves lying on the deck (see photo). He is excellent with older kids (he hasn’t been around young kids so kids over the age of 10 are probably best). Mater is currently in a foster home with a young man with autism and is wonderful with him. This sweetie is looking for a loving home where he can live with someone who has plenty of energy to keep him active and playful.

Likes cats: Yes

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: Unknown

History: Mater's owner lost her house.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 29, 2020.

Tennessee Whiskey

IAR ID#: D-20-171

Birth Date: September 11, 2019

Gender: Female

Weight: 56 pounds

Physical Description: Tennessee Whisky is a stocky sweetie who has a short fawn coat with assorted white splashes on her muzzle, neck, and belly; white-dipped paws; a pink nose, and the cutest radar ears you ever did see.

Personality: Tennessee Whiskey is a sweet and playful pup who is just full of love. Word of Caution: her honey eyes are mesmerizing! She enjoys playing with her foster brother (a 50-pound, 2-year-old pitt mix), cuddling up with him after they've wrestled for a bit, playing with balls of all sorts: bouncy, squeaky, tennis . . . Tennessee loves balls! She can also entertain herself with her chew toys. Tennessee would thrive with another dog of similar weight and energy with whom she can play and snuggle with. Tennessee loves car rides--especially with the windows partly down, the breeze in her face! She is a smart dog, food motivated, has learned Sit and (mostly) Lay down, and is her leash manners are continually improving. Tennessee is house- and crate-trained (although she has also been fine loose in the house while we are not at home and hasn't touched any belongings).

Likes cats: Unknown

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: Unknown

History: Tennessee Whiskey came into the IAR program by way of a local shelter.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 28, 2020.

Zion

IAR ID#: D-20-119

Birth Date: January 1, 2019

Gender: Male

Weight: 60 pounds

Physical Description: Zion is a beautiful tan and dark brown brindle color with white on his chest and belly. One ear sticks straight up and the other flops down.

Personality: He may not be named for Zion Williamson, but he would definitely shatter the Duke canine vertical jump record! In addition to his impressive jumping ability (don’t worry, he has had no interest in jumping fences), Zion’s award-winning smile and incredible athleticism continue the analogy. Zion could certainly beat Carolina down the court—or at least accompany you on a nice jog, followed up by some play time. As an added bonus, Zion sometimes uses walks as an opportunity to get in some resistance training, although he has been using a no-pull harness to tamp down on his fitness urges. He also loves to stop and sniff. Everyone has to take it easy sometimes, after all! Zion’s amiable nature makes him a good companion for dogs who can match his energy level, although he definitely has a dominant personality. On leash, Zion has done extremely well with every dog he has met. He might not have a degree from Duke, but Zion is an A+ student. He can already sit, lay down, stay, leave it and give a nice high five. Because he is so smart, Zion will need a good coach to keep his progress going. After a hard day of press interviews, this social butterfly loves nothing better than to curl up on the couch and cuddle. He falls into a deep sleep with his head in your lap and wags his adorable, crooked tail to sweet dreams of playing with his favorite people. If you're relaxed, Zion will just hang out. If you want to go out and adventure, Zion is all in! Smart, lovable, and easy on the eyes...what can’t he do? Like the former Duke favorite and future NBA great, Zion values one thing above all else: family. Zion doesn’t like to be left alone, and can become upset if his team isn’t around to have his back. Zion would do best in a house where someone in the family works from home or in a family with opposite work schedules. Because of his separation anxiety, Zion is still working on becoming comfortable spending time in a crate and cannot yet be left alone in a crate. His loud bark would definitely reach the press box in Cameron Indoor Stadium, and he often uses it from his perch at the front window to let you know that your Amazon package has arrived (thanks, Z!). For this reason, he would do best in a stand-alone home with a fenced yard. Zion also moonlights as a counter-surfer—cowabunga! Because of his fascination with all things small and furry (helloooo, squirrels!), we think that Zion would likely not be the best companion for feline friends, although he has not been cat tested. He’s still young and has a lot to learn, but with some patience and training, Zion will be a Hall-of-Famer for sure.

Likes cats: Unknown

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: Unknown

History: Zion was an unclaimed stray at a rural shelter.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 28, 2020.

Moses

IAR ID#: D-20-143

Birth Date: July 1, 2014

Gender: Male

Weight: 48 pounds

Physical Description: Moses has a brown brindle coat with splashes of white and a black muzzle.

Personality: Moses is an eternal optimist who is excited about every activity! He loves snuggling, and will get so excited as he snuggles up to a human that he will get snuggle zoomies and wiggle around until he’s comfortable next to you. Moses loves all people and dogs, and enjoys making new friends on walks. He has not met a cat while with his fosters; but they suspect that with a proper introduction period he would get along fine and make kitty friends! Moses is good with kids, but could knock over small children without meaning to in his excitement; so we are saying kids above 10. Moses has medium energy and would be content with a walk a day or a fenced yard. He loves playing with toys and can entertain himself for quite a while as long as he has something to chew on! He will even play fetch by himself, but prefers to play with humans or other dogs, of course! Moses is a very loving boy just waiting to dive in with his perfect family for a lifetime of playfulness and snuggles.

Likes cats: Unknown

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: No

History: Moses's owner was no longer able to care for him.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 26, 2020.

Gladys Knight

IAR ID#: D-20-187

Birth Date: August 26, 2016

Gender: Female

Weight: 51 pounds

Physical Description: Gladys Knight has a white and brown speckled coat, with a black face mask and brown on her head and ears. Her brown eyes and expressive ears (one sometimes up and the other down) show her sweet personality.

Personality: Gladys Knight is a sweet, soulful girl. She has the calmest personality of any dog I've met. Gladys loves to explore our backyard and play with her foster dog brother. She's very interested in ear rubs and meeting new people, but does best when people crouch down to her level for their meet and greets. Although she is learning how to walk on her leash, she is startled by sudden movements or noises. So we are looking for an adopter who is able to take her into a fenced yard or low traffic areas like trails and doesn't necessarily want to go on long walks. Gladys is still unsure of toys, so while she might not be fetching a ball yet, she loves to run around the fenced yard, especially if you want to play a game of chase! She's also a pro at relaxing in the house. She wants to be where her people are and will happily lay on the floor while you watch TV or read a book. Overall, Gladys is a delight. She is crate trained and house trained, she loves her crate and feels it is her safe space. She has done amazingly transitioning to living in a home and has recently started to chew on her Benebone. We have been so happy to see how much Gladys has come out of shell since she came into foster care. And her adopter will need to continue this wonderful upward trend in building her confidence. Check out her videos!

Likes cats: Unknown

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: Unknown

History: Gladys Knight is from a rural shelter.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 26, 2020.

Hugo Lionheart

IAR ID#: D-20-051

Birth Date: March 20, 2019

Gender: Male

Weight: 68 pounds

Physical Description: Hugo Lionheart is a very muscular young boy, solid and athletic. His coat is red, and he has a subtle black face mask, mostly white on his muzzle and under his chin, and a white star on his chest. His left ear always flops to the right, which adds more character to his already endearing and expressive face!

Personality: Hugo Lionheart loves love! He has such a fantastic personality: very friendly and affectionate, confident, playful, and extremely intelligent. He is very trainable--especially with some tasty treats or a squeaky toy. Hugo is wonderfully eager to please, especially after a good run and play session. Hugo needs an active individual/family, and would love another sturdy dog to play with, kids if over 10, no cats, and a sturdy fenced yard. Regular, vigorous exercise will be key to his success as a good house companion. The more he plays, the calmer he is in the home and on the leash. His leash manners are good, and have consistently improved. Hugo is a very strong chewer and needs supervision with toys. He loves his food and toys, but sweetly is willing to give them up to his person without difficulty. He doesn't seem to understand why his size might be an obstacle to being a lapdog, and enjoys a good full body hug! As Hugo could easily knock someone over, we only allow laps and hugs on invite :). Hugo prefers to be with his people, but does very well in his crate without anxiety for up to four hours at a time. He rarely barks, but sometimes kind of talks to get your attention!

Likes cats: No

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: No

History: Hugo Lionheart came from a local shelter.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 24, 2020.

Nolan

IAR ID#: D-20-178

Birth Date: October 11, 2017

Gender: Male

Weight: 65 pounds

Physical Description: Nolan is a handsome large dog, primarily medium brown with black on his back and tail, and splashes of white on his muzzle, chest, and paws.

Personality: Nolan is a terrific guy, looking to be in a loving household as the only pet in an adult family. He tends to be more naturally trusting of women, but can warm up to men once he knows them and their good intentions. A smart fellow who is quick to learn, Nolan is happy to chill and relax with you in the house, and then head out with you on a brisk walk. Nolan has good leash manners and does well when meeting other dogs while out on his walks. He appreciates a good roll on the grass and would love a fenced-in yard. Nolan is a gentleman inside, and is both house- and crate-trained. He enjoys his stuffed toys to chew on and wrestle with. He can quickly identify his own toys and leave your belongings alone. Did we mention that he’s very smart? So that’s the package! If you are looking for a loyal, loving, intelligent companion, why not ask to meet Nolan? He is looking for the same!

Likes cats: No

Likes dogs: No

Likes kids younger than 6: No

History: Nolan came into a local shelter as a stray.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 21, 2020.

Hank the Cowdog

IAR ID#: D-20-167

Birth Date: July 25, 2019

Gender: Male

Weight: 65 pounds

Physical Description: Hank the Cowboy has a very soft golden-brown coat with a black muzzle and just a touch of white on the bridge of his nose and down his chest. He has big floppy ears and deep brown soulful eyes.

Personality: Hank the Cowdog is a playful, loving young boy. Hank needs to be in a home with a doggy buddy of similar energy and where at least one of his people is home during most of the day. He does fine relaxing in his crate for at least 4 hours during the day and sleeps soundly in his crate overnight. He is full-grown but still figuring out his body. He loves chasing a ball but is also a power chewer—so keeping a careful eye when he has softer toys is a must. Hank lives with a pitty mix right now. And when they play, sweet Hank usually likes to let his foster brother win, even though Hank is taller and heavier. Hank is intelligent and very food-driven. He takes training easily and has already learned to sit, shake hands, and lie down. Hank is also very good at waiting at open doors when asked to and waiting to dig into his meal until he gets the OK. Hank is generally gentle on the leash, and will pull only when he wants to investigate an interesting smell or go toward a potential new doggy friend. Hank is crate-trained and house-trained. He is even learning to ring a bell to ask to go outside; but sometimes he still just goes to the door and waits.

Likes cats: Unknown

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: Unknown

History: Hank was surrendered to a local shelter from his adoptive home due to separation anxiety.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 20, 2020.

Midge

IAR ID#: D-20-021R

Birth Date: December 6, 2019

Gender: Female

Weight: 50 pounds

Physical Description: Midge is mostly tan with black markings around her face and some white on her belly and paws. She has the cutest, velvety pointed ears that stick straight up. Her sweet brown eyes look at you adoringly.

Personality: Midge is a friendly, loving, and adventurous young dog who loves nothing more than to play, fetch, and explore on walks! She would be in heaven with a fenced-in yard or big play area where she can run and play freely. She is house-trained, crate-trained, and knows basic commands like Sit and Stay. Very smart and food-motivated, Midge learns quickly and enjoys mental stimulation. She can't wait to show you her dog-puzzle solving skills and is excited to keep learning new skills with a loving family that will continue her training. Midge's happy, free spirit is equally matched with a loving, cuddly side. She loves to nuzzle her head into you, plop down alongside you for pets and lots of love, and then lie down for a nap or a good night's sleep. While Midge is a friendly girl who wants to play with every pup she walks by, she would do best in a home with another dog who can match her energy level or as the only dog in the house.

Likes cats: Unknown

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: Unknown

History: Midge came into IAR after her caretaker became terminally ill.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 19, 2020.

Ms. Mocha

IAR ID#: D-20-177

Birth Date: January 1, 2020

Gender: Female

Weight: 55 pounds

Physical Description: Ms. Mocha has long beautiful black fur that is very smooth and silky, with assorted accents of brown and white.

Personality: Ms. Mocha is a little timid and shy, but she quickly warms up and is super-sweet and loving. She loves chasing a ball, running, and playing. Ms. Mocha will be growing more, and so needs to live in a detached home with a fenced yard. She loves belly rubs and snuggles. She gets along great with my dog and loves to run with him in the fenced yard. Ms. Mocha is looking for a loving home with gentle, easy-going adults, and if there are children, then older than 10. We're working on house-training.

Likes cats: Unknown

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: Yes

History: Ms. Mocha came from a local shelter.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 18, 2020.

Caesar Augustus

IAR ID#: D-19-071

Birth Date: September 13, 2017

Gender: Male

Weight: 15 pounds

Physical Description: Caesar Augustus is a handsome, sturdy little fellow, with a shiny black coat and tan and white markings.

Personality: Requirements for Caesar (if you can't meet all of these, we cannot consider your application): Preferably women; he takes a while to warm up to men No children Detached home Securely fenced yard Neighborhood on a quiet interior street Experienced dog owner Another small, young, active dog in the home Adult(s) home at least a half day (post pandemic) OR can come home midday if they have a companion dog Adult(s) who will exercise him in the yard rather than going on walks Devastatingly debonair, Caesar Augustus is waiting for his special family (no children) upon whom he can shower his devotion and entertain with his antics. Caesar needs someone who is home at least part time or a family with opposite work schedules (he needs to go out for pee breaks ~every 4.5 hours at most, by his adopters, as he does not take kindly to strangers coming in and out). As he is is a flight risk, Caesar needs to live in a neighborhood that is quiet, without a lot of dogs, on an interior street, not near a busy road. Caesar is very afraid of big dogs, but he has lived successfully and affectionately with small young, active dogs (see photo of him spooning with the previous foster Posie and previous foster Boots). So he would like to be in a home with another small, young, active but calm dog. He is curious about cats but not aggressive. Still, he'd rather chase them, which, of course, they don't relish; so we are saying no cats. Squirrels and bunnies don't appreciate his chase game, either. Caesar likes to indulge in outdoor sports (running, playing chase, and wrestling with a small dog) off and on during the day in the fenced yard, and he adores lying out in the sun watching the birds. He particularly likes to play ball, and sometimes even brings it back (see videos)! Then he's ready to come in to spend loving and companionable times with his person. Caesar is affectionate but not needy. He likes to sit on the couch next to or close to you. He also likes to follow you around the house; but he's also happy in a room with a doorway gate, and often chooses to be in his crate (no need to lock the door--he never ruins anything in the home). Caesar sleeps through the night on his bed without a peep. But he'd rather be in bed with you. Caesar loves his Pet Pantry food, but often waits until you sit down to eat before he eats (1/2 cup twice a day). A clever little dog, Caesar knows Sit, Stay, Come, Wait, Let's go, and Go out? Anyone would be lucky to have this lovely little boy in their family!

Likes cats: No

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: No

History: Caesar Augustus was surrendered with another young dog to a local shelter when the family moved.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 16, 2020.

Bleu Diamond

IAR ID#: D-20-141

Birth Date: August 1, 2017

Gender: Female

Weight: 40 pounds

Physical Description: Bleu Diamond has a short, beautiful ash-gray coat with white on her neck, chest, and tips of her feet. Her gray eyes are perfectly color-coordinated with her coat!

Personality: Bleu Diamond is a happy little girl who is learning all about the joys of being a valued family member and navigating a new world! A bit shy at first when meeting new people, she will quickly show off her wiggly butt and happy face after a sniff or two. Bleu Diamond is more reserved around men, so she needs a few more minutes to warm up. She needs to be an only dog with an active family. This is a Velcro girl, who is most relaxed when she is around her people. Bleu Diamond is very curious and playful, and loves running after her toys and chewing on her bones and thick-braided ropes. She is looking for a home with a fenced-in backyard so she can zoom around and roll in the soft grass. Although she's energetic, when it's naptime, she is happy to curl up in her crate or on her blankets. Very eager to please and highly food-motivated, Bleu Diamond is making tremendous progress in her training. She is house-trained and crate-trained, knows Sit and Down, and is working on her leash training. There is so much to sniff and investigate and . . . um, including things on the kitchen counter! Bleu Diamond will need her forever family to commit to building her confidence and transitioning into their world. She tells me she is looking forward to sharing some serious laptime as a pampered princess!

Likes cats: No

Likes dogs: No

Likes kids younger than 6: No

History: Bleu Diamond's owners had to move and could not take her with them.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 16, 2020.

Tate

IAR ID#: D-20-068

Birth Date: September 5, 2019

Gender: Male

Weight: 45 pounds

Physical Description: Tate has a beautiful reddish coat with touches of white and a sleek, compact build.

Personality: Tate is a very sweet, affectionate boy. He loves to be with people all the time and sneak in a lick to your face when he can! He also adores other dogs and needs a home with another canine companion to play with, to help reinforce his confidence, and to take cues about what is right. Tate also needs a fenced yard (he loves running around!). He is very smart and learns very quickly. He takes enormous pleasure in his toys, Kongs, and chews. Crate- and house-trained, Tate sleeps through the night and never touches household belongings. Initially sky and skittish, Tate needed some time to learn to trust—but his love for contact and cuddles with people helped him overcome his fears!

Likes cats: Unknown

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: No

History: Tate came from a rural shelter.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on October 10, 2020.

Gorgonzola

IAR ID#: D-20-169

Birth Date: September 8, 2017

Gender: Female

Weight: 70 pounds

Physical Description: Gorgonzola (Zola for short) is a big hunk of love. She is mostly black with white on her chest, and white spots on her nose and face. She has small ears that tilt side to side when she is listening to you and very expressive eyes.

Personality: Gorgonzola is affectionate, sweet, goofy, and a little timid. As we notice her becoming more comfortable, her personality has really started to shine. She loves to be in the same room as her people, and will demand attention and pets when she wants them! However, she also doesn't mind being on her own and enjoys having her own space sometimes. Zola enjoys tug-of-war with our dog, and she would love the company of another dog of similar weight and energy. But she could also be in a home as an only dog. She would be fine with kids over 10 years old. Zola has a very soft belly and will roll over for belly scratches any time you offer them. She is house- and crate-trained (although she's doing fine loose in the house while we are not at home). She is very gentle when taking treats. When she knows we’re about to go for a walk, she spins and jumps in circles! While we're walking if she sees other dogs, she whines, hoping to meet them; but we can easily redirect her to walking on. Zola is very people-focused and wants attention from passersby. She pulls on the leash occasionally but is easily managed with the Easy Walk harness. Zola can be a little nervous of new things in her environment. Although unsure around men, she can be won over with some treats and gentle pets. Her biggest accomplishment is how much confidence she's gained in just three weeks with us! If you go slowly with her, she is sure to give you all of her love!

Likes cats: Unknown

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: No

History: Gorgonzola was surrendered by her previous owners to the local shelter.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on September 29, 2020.

Usagi

IAR ID#: D-18-031

Birth Date: May 29, 2017

Gender: Female

Weight: 47 pounds

Physical Description: Usagi is an adorable stocky little mix—mostly white, with large brown patches and some small, dark polka dots. She is short and muscular with adorable chunky paws. Her big bunny ears usually stand straight up, but sometimes her right ear flops over. Usagi has stunningly gorgeous blue and gold eyes, and a mottled pink and brown nose.

Personality: With her foster family, Usagi is an extremely affectionate little hunk of love. A master of snuggles, she will happily either lie on top of her humans, sprawl out next to them, curl up in the curve of their legs, or smoosh in-between them; big spoon, little spoon—she loves it all. One of her most favorite activities is belly rubs. She will flop onto her back, with paws dangling, and extort all the belly rubs she can. She loves her toys and all food.

Usagi loves to chase a ball, and can run faster and jump higher/farther than most, which would make her great for any type of agility games and training. She occasionally gets the most adorable zoomies and will race in circles, grab a toy, and buck like a little bronco. She is sooooo endearing and provides endless entertainment.

Usagi is very smart and eager to please. She has learned Sit, Down, Stay, Up, Roll over, Spin, Lay on your side, Go to your mat, Wait/Hold (for food or when doors open), Leave it, Come, Kennel up (Go to crate), and a few others! Here’s one of the tricks she now knows: she can lie down, with treats lined up on her legs and muzzle, and then, when given the “Okay” cue, she will gobble them up! Usagi generally walks beautifully on a leash. She is a quick study and would likely be happy to learn any trick requested.

These are just some examples of Usagi’s amazing qualities and lovable personality. She is, however, very fearful of new things including dogs and people. She has made progress, but in her forever home Usagi will need a patient pet parent/family who will continue to work with her slowly while she builds confidence.

Usagi currently lives with a dog and a cat, but as she has not met most other animals well, she will need to be the only animal in her new home. Her very rambunctious playstyle and bullish affection would also likely overwhelm small children. Usagi is getting braver but still needs very slow introductions to new humans. So, she would not do well in a house with lots of visitors or with people who travel a lot.

Usagi completely melts her foster humans with her sweet, affectionate gaze, the press of one of her meaty little paws, or the smooshing of her blocky head against their cheeks. She will bring boundless love, affection, and laughs to her forever home, and needs loving, caring people to help her feel safe.

For more pictures and videos of Usagi (some with the resident and former dogs in her foster home), check out the Instagram handle @dexeducation.

Likes cats: No

Likes dogs: No

Likes kids younger than 6: No

History: Usagi came from a local shelter.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on September 21, 2020.

Mellie

IAR ID#: D-15-152

Birth Date: January 1, 2013

Gender: Female

Weight: 35 pounds

Physical Description: Mellie is a very attractive small hound mix with a white, brown and black coat. Watch her video of Mellie's gay abandon while playing with her doggie friend.

Personality: Mellie can be very anxious at times. In her foster home she enjoys being with us, sleeping on the couch and spending time in the yard. But she is shy of visitors and is sometimes too timid to come back indoors if she feels new people have been in the house. We haven't managed to get her to walk on the leash and would not adopt her to anyone who wants a dog who must. She will require a home with a very secure fenced yard - at least 6 feet, wooden privacy preferred, which touches the ground. She is frightened if she is not in the yard or the house so trips to the park or walks are not for her. She needs to go to someone who will love her as she is even though we do of course hope that she will continue her very gradual confidence building.

Mellie likes the cats and tries to play with them but resigns herself to the fact they may only want to curl up with her - lazy old things that they are!

Likes cats: Yes

Likes dogs: Yes

Likes kids younger than 6: Yes

History: Mellie was found as a stray with her puppies in someone's backyard. She had been seen running around the neighborhood and was thought to be abandoned.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on June 24, 2020.

Ketch

IAR ID#: D-18-050

Birth Date: February 1, 2017

Gender: Female

Weight: 55 pounds

Physical Description: Ketch is black, white, and tan with floppy ears, and white under her chin and down the front of her neck. Although she has no tail, she wags her little stump.

Personality: A smart, strong-willed dog, Ketch needs a job to do. Obedience, agility or nosework training would be best. Alternatively, she can be someone’s running partner (she is very athletic). She does require plenty of exercise, both physical (walks, running, agility) and mental (obedience and trick training, impulse control training). Ketch is highly motivated by food and loves to play with toys, which makes training easier. She can, however, be very stubborn at times, so training her requires some effort. We are currently working on basic obedience training with her (Ketch is a jumper and a very strong puller) and impulse control. We are looking for an experienced dog owner who enjoys dog training and is not intimidated by a challenge. Ketch loves people, but her high energy level makes her unsuitable for families with young children. Ketch has been introduced to other dogs, but she is, unfortunately, not good with them. She will only be adopted to experienced dog owners that currently do not have any other dogs (and do not plan to add new dogs to their family in the future). She cannot be trusted with cats or other small animals, either. Ketch is currently undergoing behavior modification training, which will hopefully make her reactivity to other dogs less prominent. However, we will still only adopt her to single-dog homes. Ketch is fully crate- and house-trained. She still has a tendency to chew on inappropriate objects, but providing enough exercise and appropriate chewing items is enough to alleviate this problem. Ketch is healthy, full of energy, and waiting for a patient human who is willing to invest time and energy in her training to help her reach her full potential.

Likes cats: Unknown

Likes dogs: No

Likes kids younger than 6: Unknown

History: Ketch was found as a stray and spent several months at a local shelter. While at the shelter, the volunteers spent time working with her, teaching her some basic skills, socializing her in playgroups, and even teaching her to navigate a couple of agility obstacles.

All IAR pets are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.

Last updated on July 18, 2019.