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Rookie was found in a woman’s front yard during a windstorm in January. She tried very hard to find the owners, but had no success. Since her husky was not too thrilled having Rookie in the home, she turned him over to a golden loving acquaintance of hers. They too bombarded all social media platforms and animal shelters but again, no luck. Since they have 4 goldens of their own, they could not keep him and relinquished him to SCGRR.
Rookie, so named for his love ( obsession ) of balls, is himself a big ball full of energy, coming in at a sleek 85 pounds. A young boy, he is energetic, fit and very play motivated. He is great with dogs and kids, cats…we just don’t know. While he can be independent when the mood strikes him, he is generally a velcro pup. He loves everyone and has made many friends on his daily walks around the neighborhood. He was obviously not walked regularly, or at least taught to walk, as he pulls on leash-while he is a quick learner and has done well with a harness there is still lots of room for improvement. His response to some commands is selective (sit, come, down, out), and he would do well with some basic obedience training. He is house-trained, crate trained when left alone (although not thrilled about it) and will voluntarily go in to his crate at night when one says “it’s time for bed.” He is a bolter though, if the front door is left open, and although he would likely not go too far if he did get out, his foster family has not wanted to test him (that is also improving.) When things quiet down in the evening , ie kids go to bed, he loves being invited up on the couch for some snuggling, or simply laying at your feet. Rookie is a “counter sniffer”, and he will pick up/ pull down anything he can get his mouth on. Being quite young still, he is also fond of getting his mouth on anything he can, ie food from the counter, clothes from the laundry hamper or floor, if left there, throw off the sofa. Keeping him busy with toys, balls and chew toys go a long ways towards helping with that behavior, and he will grow out of it.
My Ideal Home
Rookie would do best with a family that is very active and wants to make him a part of anything and everything they can. A home with dog savvy adults and a strong , firm owner. Being young and friendly, he would do well with another friendly canine to be his buddy and his playmate. Rookie does very well with children, but we do not recommend him for a family with babies or very young children (under 5). He is a big boy who does not know his own size or strength and in his playful exuberance he could easily knock down little ones. Rookie’s perfect furever home should have a decent sized, secure yard with enough space in so that Rookie can have room to play his favorite activity, which is chasing after his ball, which he will do ALL DAY LONG if you will allow it. A strong throwing arm (or two) in the family is also a must (that last one was Rookie’s request.)
Want to Adopt me?
If you live the kind of life, and have the kind of home described above that will make Rookie a very happy dog, please contact his person at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure that your application process is complete, which includes both your on line application, as well as your in home interview, otherwise we are unable to consider you and your family.