ADOPTED! Levi (#0218) is a 1-year-old red-tri Australian Shepherd who has been in and out of a shelter for various reasons since he was about 5 months old. He was initially surrendered by his owner due to “landlord problems.” He was adopted out in late May, but returned in July because “he chews;” well, he was a 9 month old puppy, what did they expect? He was adopted out in July, but returned in August because “he is not housebroke.” So, he was adopted out AGAIN, and then returned because his new family didn’t “have enough time.” So in the last several months, poor Levi has been surrendered by his owner, and then adopted and returned three times. This is so sad, because he is a wonderful dog, and each time he was returned because of poor adopters. After that, the shelter asked us to take him into our program, so we are trying very hard to find Levi the perfect family where he will be loved forever.
Levi is neutered, up to date on vaccines, heartworm tested negative, and is on monthly heartworm and flea preventatives. When he first came to his foster home he weighed a hefty 76.5 pounds and was 10-15 pounds overweight. He has been placed on a diet, goes on walks almost daily and plays vigorously several times a day with his foster family’s dog. His weight has been monitored weekly and in 4 week has lost 5.1 pounds for a current weight of 71.4 pounds. He loves going for car rides, and will usually either lay down or look out the window. He does some pulling when on walks and we have had good luck with using a Gentle Leader to minimize the pulling.
Levi is a very happy guy who always has a smile on his face. He does get bored easily, so many toys are provided and he has always chosen them to chew on instead of furniture or shoes. Because he gets bored easily, we think that he would love to go to a home with a fenced in yard and another dog his size to keep him entertained. He loves to play with his foster family’s dog, though he will try to be dominant at times by standing over her or trying to jump on her, but has never shown any aggression towards her or others. He gets very excited when meeting other dogs or humans and will try to jump on you when greeting. He doesn’t realize how big he is and that he could easily knock down a small child. For that reason, he may be better suited for a family with older children. He has little interest in cats if they are dog savvy. However, if they decide to run, he will follow just for the fun of the chase, not for aggressive reasons.
He is a very smart character who came to his foster home knowing “sit,” “down” and “shake”. His foster family is working on “off,” “stay” and he learned “kennel” within just a few minutes. “Stay” is a bit easier indoors than outdoors since there are so many other distractions! He is very food motivated and because he has such a drive for food, his foster family will sometimes kennel him while they are eating. He is kenneled at bedtime for 7-9 hours, has not had any accidents and is not vocal when he is kenneled at night. During the day, he will whine when he needs to go outside.
Here are a couple of short videos of Levi in action:
With Christmas coming, Levi hopes Santa brings him a family who would give him tummy rubs, an active and social lifestyle and lots of love.
Levi is currently being fostered in Cedar Rapids. If you might be interested in learning more about this dog, please email email@example.com. While we welcome your questions about Levi, all adopters are required to complete a Protege Adoption Application before being considered to adopt a Protege dog; our adoption fee is $200.