Some Available Dogs for Adoption

Phoebe – She is an 8 1/2 yr old, red female, cropped and docked, on the smaller side weighing in the mid 50 lb range. Phoebe is very friendly with people and enjoys human contact and being in their company. Other dogs not so much, she can tolerate being around other dogs but doesn’t want to live with them. She prefers to be the only one getting the attention in the household and wants her people all to herself. She is a snuggler! She is a bit of a Houdini/escape artist. She can break out of a crate and jumps over a gate like a deer. If the gate or fence is to high she will try to go under. This behavior stems from a combination of separation anxiety and containment phobia, so basically she just wants to be with you and not alone. She was originally turned in to an animal control facility in CT after her owner passed away. She was adopted out and was in a home for a year and a half before being returned when another dog was introduced to the household, even though it was recommended she be the only dog, and it didn’t work out. She is now with us and needs to find a permanent stable home. She loves the snow, her stuffed teddy bear, nice soft beds (not a shredder), and is a good size doberman for the lap dog she wants to be.

SAMPSON – 3 1/2 year old male that came to us because he had a history of eating things that he wasn’t supposed to, which in turn led to some obstruction surgeries. That’s the only negative thing to report on this guy, although it’s a biggie! He is the dog at the shelter that all the other dogs love to play with. He can be buddied up with just about anyone and really enjoys his time running and playing in the yard. In the summer he loves jumping in and out of the kiddie pools, and he does love toys (and can have them as long as it is supervised). He is very friendly and outgoing, loves affection and attention, and also enjoys his long walks. He is in need of a home that can keep him safe from himself. He is very social, so not a dog that would like to be left alone or unsupervised for long periods.

STEEL – Steel is a 6 1/2 year old male, Blue, with natural ears and a docked tail. Playful and friendly loves to run, can be jumpy but easily corrected. Steel is highly trainable and a great working dog. Extremely smart and handsome dog who loves to play fetch, tug and his favorite toy is his red cuz ball. He dislikes cats and is very reactive to other dogs. He is not for the 1st time Doberman owner and should ideally be in a home with no kids or other pets. Steels former owner was unavailable for questions so we really don’t have any background information on him.

SCOOBY – Scooby is like the Doberman version of “Marmaduke”. He’s big and strong and if you ask him for a paw he might just knock you over with a double high five! He’s an almost 5 years old, cropped and docked, red male. He came to us after being picked up wandering the streets, and was temporarily held at a kennel until we could take him. We don’t have any real background on him so no kids. He’s got a goofy personality, very food motivated and and likes training. Scooby is actually working with one of our animal care givers to get his CGC. He loves to play fetch and loves toys (especially soft fluffy ones that he can shred). He’s very easy to get super excited and can be jumpy, but we are working on that, as he is easily corrected and responsive. He loves to play tug but doesn’t like to let go (working on his release too). If you play tug with him you can consider that your workout for the day. Scooby needs someone that will establish some rules and make him follow them, otherwise he would be happy to run the household for you. Would probably like to chase cats but we don’t know what he would do if he caught up to one. Scooby has done well around other dogs while here but not all of them appreciate his exuberance.

MACK – Mack is a big boy, “Big Mack” if you will, who came to us from another humane society after his owner became homeless. He is 4 yrs old with natural ears and a docked tail. He’s a big, strong, athletic, smart boy. He really enjoys his time with the trainer going for a run next to the bike. Definitely a will work for food kind of guy. He was initially reactive to some other dogs and moving vehicles while on walks but has been getting much better. He has done well around our DRU cats but we don’t have history as to whether or not he lived with them. Because of his size and strength he should go to an adult household that can provide him with plenty of physical and mental stimulation (Training and exercise). He could possibly live with another dog if it were in fact a good match. Mack can be a little leary of new people or strangers but could most likely be won over easily with treats.

DINO, is a sweet 4 yr old boy who can be a little insecure. He has been with us for a while now and we are still looking for a home that he can fit into. Dino was bought from a breeder and sounds like he was a bratty puppy, because he was returned at 6 months at which point he was re-sold. When he came to us he had an embedded collar and was very sensitive/reactive about his neck and head area being touched. In his second home he bit twice, once when a scab was being picked off his neck and the other was a reaction to a trying to remove a tick off his ear. Not making excuses just disclosing what we know. Both were finger bites. Dino needs an experienced doberman owner who can find a balance between creating some rules and understanding his sensitive nature. He has had a rocky 1st few years and it would be so nice to get him some stability, because there is a good dog in there for someone who has the ability and desire to work with him. He does walk nicely on a leash and has good obedience. No kids and probably would do best as the only dog in the house. He did good when introduced to the cats here but no guarantees.

OZZIE is a 3 year old, black and rust, natural and docked male who was too protective for the busy horse barn where he lived. And while Ozzie may never get his picture on the “Pet of the Week” wall of fame, once he trusts, he craves the attention, affection and time spent with his person. Ozzie’s passion is running, running, running! He’ll chase a tennis ball ’til the cows come home. Ozzie’s obedience is good, however he needs management with reactiveness towards moving cars, perceived menacing strangers, potential stealers of his food and dogs that surely mean him harm. He needs structure and responds best to kindness and nurturing. Ozzie Pawsbourne, Prince of Darkness, is not a starter model but will be a super affectionate dog for someone, perhaps a homebody with a fenced yard. It’s no surprise Ozzie doesn’t like cats, but if correctly introduced to the right female dog, romance could bloom!

Twizzler, affectionately known as Twizzy, is a very handsome 5-year-old male who is looking for his forever home. He was returned last year because he had snapped at the wife in the home, and he had a history of not being friendly toward women. However, he has been GREAT here at DRU and the staff is mostly women. The staff, volunteers, and our trainer have spent a lot of time with Twizzy and he’s come a long way. He is super smart, eager to learn, and has terrific obedience. Twizzy loves to splash around in the kiddie pool, and his favorite thing is to romp in the big play yard with his buddy Sampson. He needs an experienced home that is willing to continue working with him, and keep him on a good path. No kids or cats for this guy’s new home please. Are you the someone special out there who is willing to open up their heart and home to give Twizzler a second chance?