Still learning that humans can be kind and hands can be gentle, sweet Gary is always shy in a new environment. But patience and persistence pay off when he feels safe enough to free his inner playfulness.
Comforted further by the consistent routine in his foster home and the company of his canine foster friends, he’s now adorably affectionate and admirably athletic. He can never get enough pets (he prefers being petted on his chest where he can see his foster mom’s hands) and will either bark softly, nip her hand gently or whine appealingly to elicit more. And should his foster mom leave the room even briefly, he’s SO excited when she returns that he does a happy little doggy dance on his hind legs.
As for activities: he loves being outside in the yard and LOVES plush toys and chew toys, tennis balls and anything that squeaks. If a toy is handed to him, he takes it gently. If thrown, he runs as quickly as he can, yipping excitedly, to retrieve it – especially when the nighttime “zoomies” hit.
Always imaginative, if his foster mom’s not available, he’ll find a sock or a food bowl on the floor and run around the house with it. Or he’ll hold a toy in his mouth, toss it into the air and chase after it. He’ll even use his front paws to swat at his toys or – his favorites – at rolling tennis balls.
Highly motivated by toys and food, he’s progressing well with the following commands: “stay”, “potty outside”, “no potty inside”, “yes”, “off”, “play”, “treat” and “food.” Almost fully housetrained, he remains slightly fearful of collars and leashes, and still suffers from separation anxiety.
And so, what Gary needs now is a tranquil home with a securely fenced backyard (only calm, respectful teens, paw-lease), another confident dog and patient, loving adopters with a set routine who will give him the time and space he needs to fully flourish.
Gary is neutered, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped. To meet or adopt Gary, fill out an application and a volunteer will contact you shortly.