Status: Available
Age: 4 years (DOB 12/19/2016)
Size: Large
Color: Golden Sable
Sex: Male
Spay/Neuter: Yes
Activity level: Medium to High
Good with other dogs: Some, if properly introduced
Good with cats: unknown
Foster parents: Karen and Doug H
Sponsor Buddies: Jim N.
Yard Fencing: Required

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Password: Blitz
Photos by: Lindsey Camilli

The first thing we were told about Blitz is how much he loves playing fetch, and that certainly has proven to be true.  During his time in foster care, though, he has discovered another activity he enjoys almost as much, and that is doing Nose Work for fun.  His foster Mom said she had put an item two rooms away and six feet off the floor, and Blitz found it in less than a minute; she has even taught him to “alert” by sitting.  He is a dog who needs an adopter who wants to do fun activities with him.

Blitz had been surrendered to animal control after his original owners, an elderly couple, could no longer care for him properly.  At 4 years old, Blitz was confused and despondent at the shelter, and a volunteer buddied up with him to give him play time and reinforce basic obedience.  She told us he needed to build his confidence, and his foster parents started the Nose Work as a way to help with that.

Other things Blitz likes include being brushed with a Furminator, taking apart stuffed toys, chasing squirrels away from the bird feeder, meal times and being close to his people.  He has been in his foster home for two months and two weeks, and there are things he still needs help with.  He has not gotten used to being in a crate and will not go in willingly, but he has not damaged anything in the home.  The stairs going up to the second floor and those going down to the basement are obstacles for him.  His foster parents have tried all recommended ways to get him to use the stairs, but he just won’t.  He sleeps on the main floor and has been fine with that.

Blitz becomes anxious when visitors come to the house, so he needs a calm, controlled introduction.  Once he becomes more comfortable, he will take treats and play ball with company.  He loves going for walks and will do a “sit” while another person and dog pass by.  He becomes excited and seems to want to play, and he did well around other dogs at the shelter but has not had a playmate while in foster care.

If you can give this sweet boy the patience and understanding he needs, you will be rewarded by having a most loyal and loving companion.

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