3 year old • Male • 65 lbs
Sir Tucker has an athletic build, a gorgeous speckled face, warm eyes, and a curly tail. He is mostly black with tan markings on his face, legs, and paws, and white markings on his back and stomach.
Sir Tucker has won over so many hearts with his goofy smile and loving personality. He can be slow to warm up to new people; but once he does, there's no turning back! Tucker loves to be with his people and also does fine when by himself.
He has some insecurities that his adopter will need to be aware of to keep him safe. Tucker is afraid of loud outside noises, such as car doors closing and big trucks driving by. For this reason, he needs a standalone home, rather than an apartment/condo/town home, where there would be more activity in close proximity. Tucker is house-trained and crate-trained, and goes into his crate on his own as his safe space when he gets scared.
His new home should have EITHER a fenced yard and/or another dog of a similar energy for him to play with. Tucker is a medium-energy dog, who loves running in his foster's backyard and playing with his foster sister. He previously lived with cats, so he would love some fur companions in his new home. Although we think Tucker would like young kids, due to his size and energy, any kids in the adoption home need to be 10 or older.
Tucker loves belly rubs, lying at his human's feet, American cheese treats, and praise. He knows basic commands such as Sit and Lie down, and Go in your crate, and he is learning Wait. He walks well on a leash with a harness. Tucker loves to play, but he also is content snuggling up and getting attention that way!
Tucker needs a dedicated, loving owner, committed to following a routine and giving him the time he needs to adjust to a new home.
Tucker is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered.
Tucker tested positive for heartworms and is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms: an initial 28 days of doxycycline along with ivermectin heartworm preventative (Heartgard, Iverheart, or Tri-heart) twice that month, continuing with the preventative every two weeks for a year.
With the gentle protocol, no excessive confinement is required. He should not be out in the heat for long periods of time, and should not engage in heavy exercise until he tests negative for heartworms. Heavy exercise that should be avoided includes full-speed running for any distance, jogging more than a short distance such as a driveway or a block, repetitive ball chasing, and high-energy play with other dogs.
Tucker began the gentle protocol August 2020 and so should test negative in August 2021.
Tucker was found as a stray in a suburban community.
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.