05 Nov Hootie
Hootie is an absolute teddy bear. He is friendly to all people, and he loves most dogs. He did have some reservations when faced with a much bigger, high-energy pup, but he gets along well with his two foster brothers who are just a bit smaller than him. He is very curious about the world around him, especially squirrels. The prey drive that tempts him to chase those “living toys” also means that he’s not good around cats, so he needs to be in a home without them.
This hunky boy is strong and will knock you over with hugs if you don’t brace yourself. He does sometimes pull on the leash while on walks if he sees a squirrel or person he desperately wants to meet, so it’s important to keep a good hold on him. We’ve been working on better leash manners and seeing improvement.
He responds well to correction and wants more than anything to be your snuggle bug, but it can be hard to get his attention when there are distractions around. He hasn’t been observed interacting with children, but there’s no reason to think he wouldn’t be great with them, as long as neither party is allowed to play too rough. He loves toys and playing fetch, and has even learned to sit. He’ll even drop the ball if you ask him to “trade” for a treat!
Hootie is house trained, and when he’s alone, the only thing he chews on are his toys. However, if you’re in the room with him and he thinks you’re ignoring him, he will try to get into trouble and pick up something he knows he’s not supposed to chew on to get your attention. He also does not like to have things taken from him without warning, especially if it’s a thing he isn’t supposed to have. If he has something you don’t want him to have, you’ll just need to take a slow, gentle approach and trade him for something he CAN have!
Hootie has been a total joy to his foster mama, and he will be the most devoted, adoring, and slobbery member of his furever family, who are sure to adore him right back.