ADOPTED Meet Tommy (#0214), a five year old black-tri miniature Australian Shepherd; he’s a larger mini at about 30 lbs. Tommy was found as a stray, and when he first came to Protege he was underweight and in some serious need of grooming. When Tommy lived in his first foster home he would frequent the dog park and got along great with the dogs there. He also gets along fine with kids. His first foster parents had a cat and because he would chase the cat we prefer that Tommy go to a home without cats. Tommy was moved to a new foster home just for this reason.
Tommy gets along well with his foster brother. He enjoys getting chased around the back yard. Sometimes he will initiate the chase by teasing his foster brother a little bit. He likes to run up and down the fence line with the neighbor dogs, and enjoys wrestling with his foster brother. Tommy can entertaining himself, too: he will grab a stuffed dog toy and prance around the house squeaking it for a while. He does not chew on anything inappropriate. Tommy enjoys going for rides in the car and often curls up in a little ball on the front passenger seat.
Tommy loves learning new tricks and picks them up very quickly. He knows sit, down, come, shake and is currently making progress on “turn around.” Tommy is housebroken and crate trained even though he would prefer not to go into the crate. He does go in nicely for a treat. Tommy is very affectionate. He LOVES to give hugs. He will come up and put his head in your lap then roll into you or nuzzle your neck if it is within reach. He does think he is a lap dog sometimes, thank goodness he doesn’t weight too much! He really loves it when his foster mom does yoga: Tommy likes to roll around on the yoga mat and then will roll around and nuzzle with his humans as they work.
Tommy can be leary about some men occasionally, but if you reassure him that it is ok he is fine. He is a velcro dog and prefers to be within eyesight of his humans. He is a great snuggler and likes to snuggle up with his humans on the sofa in the evening. At night Tommy sleeps in his foster parents’ bedroom. Most of the time he sleeps curled up on the dog bed, but sometimes he will jump up and sleep at the foot of the bed. During the day when his parents are away he stays in a crate; however, he is currently being eased into roaming privileges.
Tommy has gotten an ear infection while is foster care; we only mention it to tell you that he was actually a pretty good sport, and even pretty comical, about getting the meds. He would sneer and try to avoid getting the meds at first, but then he would walk over to get his meds — still sneering. As his ear drops were applied, he would lay his head down on the floor and put his paw over his eyes and snout. After one ear was done he would shake and then come back and put his head down on the floor again so that the meds could be applied to the other ear. So he was not a bit difficult to handle, unlike many dogs in this situation.