8 year old • Male • 51 lbs
Tonka is a handsome fellow--dark brown with a white chest and toes. He's got a big, adorable head, floppy ears, a toothy grin, long legs, and big feet.
Tonka is a total lovebug! He often wants to cuddle and will lean on you to let you know. He is very enthusiastic when he meets new people and enters new environments, but he calms down soon after. Tonka is fine with the other dogs and cats in his foster home, although he's most interested in people. Because of his capacity for overexuberance, he may not be best with smaller children. Care should be taken if he is to be around cats, whom he watches intently but from whom his attention is easily diverted. The cats in his foster home are experienced with dogs, and Tonka generally ignores them now after his initial fascination.<p>Although he isn't technically crate-trained, he does have his own room in his foster home that he dutifully returns to after activities. Tonka will need some patient leash training, as he is overeager to explore, but he is fully manageable with a good harness.<p>Check out this highlight reel of Tonka!<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mNh_EnHZgh0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>
Tonka is up-to-date on vaccinations, neutered, and microchipped. He is heartworm positive but is being given the gentle protocol. Most dogs will test negative within a year; some IAR foster dogs have even tested negative in 7 to 11 months. No confinement is required, and he can do most normal activities, although he shouldn't be allowed to run until cured. Tonka has some knee issues and so is taking glucosamine with chondroitin regularly to alleviate his discomfort, which will need to be continued.
Tonka was surrendered to a rural shelter and brought into the IAR foster program soon after.
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.