3 year old • Male • 51 lbs
Willie is a lanky pup with golden short, soft hair. He has splashes of white including on his face and toes, floppy ears, a long tail and the kindest brown eyes.
Willie has earned a nickname of Gentleman Willie! His calm demeanor is so comforting. He is very low key and while he enjoys being around people, he doesn't like to be the center of attention. Willie is shy, but warms up when you sit beside him or crouch next to him and give him head pats. Chin scratches are his favorite!
Willie gets along great with his foster dog brother and has gotten along well with cats, too! He is starting to 'play bow' to his foster parents, but hasn't started to initiate play with his foster dog brother yet. Willie enjoys running around the backyard and has recently started playing chase with his foster parents!
Willie's dog bed is his favorite part of the house. Most days you'll find him lounging in his dog bed, always with his paws crossed (see photos).
He is house-trained and crate-trained. Willie is comfortable roaming free in the house and doesn't need to be crated unless we are leaving for several hours. Overnight he sleeps soundly in his dog bed or near the nearest heat vent! He has begun to explore our house and has found a new favorite spot on the couch near a sunny window.
Morning times are when Willie is most full of energy! He runs around in circles and wags his tail vivaciously (check him out in the video from Christmas morning!).
Willie is learning to walk on a leash and has made such big improvements as we've worked with him! He is scared of loud noises, like large trucks driving by, so walking him on trails or less-busy streets would be great as he gains confidence. Following IAR’s shy dog protocol is key to his success: We recommend using a double-leash method when walking Willie: one leash on his collar and one leash on his harness or a slip lead. Having two leashes will ensure he remains in your care even if gets spooked during his walk. He gets more and more brave every day!
Willie isn't a high energy dog, so he would be happy with an apartment or a stand alone house. Because of his fear of loud noises, Willie would love a quiet environment to call home so he is able to relax more easily and come out of his shell.
If you're looking for low-key companion, Willie is your guy!
Willie is up-to-date on his vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered. He tested positive for heartworms and is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms—for the first month: 28 days of doxycycline along with two doses of heartworm preventative (ivermectin--Heartgard, Iverheart, or Tri-heart), 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. Leash walking is fine in most cases, as long as he does not get winded and it is not too hot.
Most dogs will test negative for heartworms within a year using the gentle method. Willie began the gentle protocol in November 2020 so he should test negative in November 2021.
Willie came into IAR from a rural shelter.
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.