Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie / Mixed (long coat) : : Male (not neutered) : : Adult : : Small
Chow Boy is a beautiful dog with an incredible story of resilience and determination. He was rescued from a harrowing hoarding case where he endured life in a filthy house, where dogs resorted to living in the walls just to survive. This distressing environment has left Chow Boy without the knowledge of how to exist as a pet and navigate a regular dog's life. However, despite these immense challenges, Chow Boy has shown remarkable progress in his journey to learn and adapt. Chow Boy, at approximately 5 years old and 21lbs, is still in the process of discovering what it means to be a dog. His previous living conditions have left him with significant hurdles to overcome. His experiences have made him highly sensitive, and he requires a patient and understanding home that can provide the care and guidance he needs. Although he may be scared and hesitant to accept affection, Chow Boy truly appreciates and revels in it when given the chance.
Chow is crate trained and leashes up easily. He allows all handling by his foster mama, including brushing, bathing, and petting. He is quite a dapper fellow, and so he allows his fur maintenance to be kept up with. He has to be groomed frequently, and shaved down in certain areas for his comfort. This is done by his foster family, so Chow hasn't had any experience at a groomer or pet store salon (yet). Chow ignores his foster family's cat, even coming face to face with her during bath time without any reaction. He is scared of other dogs, not really knowing how to play or what to make of them.
Due to his troubled past, Chow Boy displays skittish behavior when on his leash and cannot be trusted off-leash. It is vital to maintain constant supervision while he explores. A secure, fenced-in yard is necessary for his safety and comfort. These precautions will help him gradually build trust and confidence in his surroundings. It's important to note that Chow Boy may never fully resemble a "normal" dog due to the traumas he has endured. Potential adoptive parents must have a deep understanding of this and be prepared to offer him the patience, support, and care he requires throughout the rest of his lifetime. Chow's progress will be unique to his individual journey, and it may take time for him to reach milestones that others may achieve more easily.
More about CHOW BOY
Good with Dogs, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good for Seniors/Elderly, Quiet, Does Good in the Car, Cratetrained, Likes to be in your lap, Prefers cool climate, Timid, Skittish, Affectionate, Gentle