4 year old • Male • 55 lbs
Bruce has an athletic build with beautiful tan and white markings.
A very handsome boy, Bruce gets a lot of compliments . . . and yes, they are going to his head ;). He is a total extrovert and needs a home where he doesn’t have to spend long periods by himself. Bruce gets nervous when his favorite people aren’t around; so he will need continued training to make sure he knows his crew is coming back. Bruce has been very interested in and playful with other dogs that he has met on leash and also does well off-leash. His personality with other dogs is submissive, and we think he would really thrive in a house with a dog buddy to play with. So we're looking for a home with another lovely dog similar to his size.
Because he is young and very energetic, Bruce needs plenty of exercise in addition to leash walks. He needs a stand-alone home with a fenced yard (we love watching him run around, particularly when he shows off with his joyful morning zoomies!). Bruce loves to accompany his human on (ideally) two vigorous walks every day. He prefers nature areas, but he has gotten very good at walking on quiet streets where there are fewer scary cars. After a big hike, he loves to snuggle up on the couch and watch nature documentaries. Speaking of cars, Bruce often gets sick when riding in cars—he loves to go wherever you’re going, but he doesn’t always love the journey.
Bruce LOVES people and does well with strangers. We think he is also likely to enjoy the company of bigger kids (he likes to jump up to say a happy hello, but we’re working on it!).
At home, he loves to chew on his chew toys (we’re working on his propensity to chew household objects as well . . . ). Bruce seemingly had never lived inside before coming into foster care. For instance, he was scared by noisy household items (like the dishwasher). But after only a month, Bruce has made wonderful progress!
He happily eats all of his meals in his crate already, and he goes into his crate at night for a bedtime snack and settles down to sleep there every night. We're still working on crating when we aren't home. He is happy to share his chew toys and treats with another dog.
Bruce was a Very Good Boy when he got his nails clipped (he loves any form of attention!). He has shown polite interest in cats and would likely cohabitate well with a savvy kitty. Although Bruce is still learning some of the subtleties of house-living, he will be a once-in-a-lifetime companion who will bring humor and energy into the right pack.
Bruce is a healthy boy, up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, heartworm negative, and neutered.
Bruce was found as a stray in a rural area.
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.