Cattledog Mix|male|10 months old|50 lbs|Adoption Fee $325
"Well, I gotta go now. I’ve got a lotta bouncin’ to do! Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo! T-T-F-N: ta-ta for now!" -Tig(g)er, A. A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh
Updates from Foster Home:
Pupdate 5: We've been fostering Tiger for a few weeks now. He is a smart, athletic, goofy pup who continues to surprise us as he settles into the routine at our house. His knee is healing up really well and he has been cleared by the vet to exercise like a normal 9/10 month old puppy would. More exercise has made a huge difference for this pup, as he now has an outlet to burn off all that pent up energy.
Being able to do more things, and being comfortable with us, has improved his ability to focus. He is getting a lot better at commands like "look" and "wait." He does still need to check his enthusiasm fairly often - the world is really exciting you know and he needs to check out all the things as rapidly as he can! For this reason his adopters will need to continue to work on his leash manners. This is easy enough to incorporate into his daily walks.
He is starting to like water a lot and is also showing solid interest in fetch and frisbee. He can be a little bit possessive of his toys although not exactly aggressive, he just needs structure to learn to share better. This is consistent with what we are seeing with him - structure and leadership are key for this silly guy.
Pupdate 4: Tiger is a handsome, goofy, high energy puppy who wants to please. He really wants you to do stuff with him. Lots of stuff. If you are into hiking, running, playing fetch, and working with your dog he will not disappoint. Although he is snuggly and can hang out and chill, he doesn't want to settle into a nap until after he has done at least some if not all of the activities noted. He does what he does with a happy heart and a winning smile. He just needs a job. He will do best if he has a consistent schedule and a positive reinforcement training regime because he needs and wants a strong leader who can help learn how to do all the cool things.
His training is going well. We have worked hard on his reactivity and he has been walking up to neighbors and greeting them politely although he will occasionally bark at a stranger. He essentially needs slow calm introductions to both people and dogs. I think being with humans he trusts helps him immensely in these situations and he seems more relaxed every day.
He is continuing to recover from his knee surgery. He recently had the pins and wire removed and will be starting physical therapy to build up the strength in that knee. When he had the pins removed the surgeon found an infection and he is going through a course of antibiotics to clear that up. This will all need to be monitored until he is given the all clear from the vet. Due to the miracle of modern veterinary medicine that will be soon.
Pupdate 3: Tiger continues to get better every day with his training! We did several practice meet and greats this week and Tiger did great with a slow introduction and made several new friends. He really loves people once he gets to know them. Just a couple of minutes to get to meet a new person and a handful of treats and he is a happy boy. Tiger has grown into a gorgeous dog and he can’t wait to find his forever family. He just needs someone who will be a strong leader and continue his training and be his best bud!
Pupdate 2: (From the sitters:) We watched Tiger this weekend. He is a very energetic pup who has not let a broken knee slow him down. Upon first meeting, Tiger barked and lunged a lot, but after feeding him treats and taking him to a quieter environment, he eventually calmed down. He stayed in his crate overnight and was totally accepting of us (the sitters) the next morning. He loves to be around people and dogs after he gets over the excitement/anxiety(?) of meeting them for the first time. Our resident dog was patient with him even though he was very clumsy and would try to walk over, under and through her (she did have her limits though, and let him know and he backed off). They played well together as long as there isn't anything they could fight over (i.e. a toy or a treat). He loves squeaky toys and chewing on things; Nylabones and Kongs were great for him.
Pupdate 1: My foster mom refers calls me “little dude” and that is really spot on! I'm just a crazy little dude who loves life. I need slow introductions but when I get to know you I absolutely adore people. I have endless energy for life and won’t be slowing down any time soon. I've had a tough go of it with a leg injury but all I want to do is run, jump, wrestle, go for walks, and play, play, play! I am really a happy, high energy “dude” at heart.
I had a rough introduction to the world and Fetch has saved my life twice! I first came to Fetch after being found on the side of the road, and then later on I broke my knee in foster care and would have had serious issues if Fetch wasn’t able to get me surgery. I was actually adopted once but had to come back to foster care because I was having issues with reactivity – growling and lunging at neighbors and dogs in an apartment building. I came to a foster who was ready to help train me and build my confidence, and then on the very first night I was playing with my new best friend/foster sister and broke my knee :(
For the last 3 months, I've been working my butt off to get my leg better and simultaneously learn to be more confident in the world around me. My training and rehab have been going great and I'm getting a little bit better every day. My foster parents think I'm doing awesome; I'm getting better with my behavior issues and will be an easy going guy with a little more work and consistency. I am ready to find my forever home, but it’s going to take a special family to take me in. I need a family that can be really patient and disciplined in helping me rehab my leg and continue to work through my behavior issues, but who is also ready to have a super high energy buddy in a few months when I'm finally healed up and ready to go!