This gorgeous guy with the sweet face and beautiful smile is Andy! He's a Shepherd Mix who's about 4 years old, neutered, current on his vaccinations, microchipped, house trained and crate trained. He enjoys taking naps in his crate, is a very good boy when left alone and is never destructive so he doesn't need to be crated. A submissive guy who gets along great with other dogs, Andy would be thrilled to have another dog or two as a companion & playmate! He responded very well to a dominant female in his Foster Home, and with proper introductions he should be fine with dominant males. He really likes cats, is sweet & gentle with them, and even grooms one of them in his Foster Home! Although he's gentle & nurturing, Andy is highly energetic and has a boisterous nature, which can be overwhelming to small children so we highly recommend that he isn't put in a position where he's around little children. He would be best around older children who can handle his rough playing and who will respect any rules made in regards to him.
Andy hasn't had an easy life. He was tied up in a backyard where he was taught to be a guard dog and bark at anybody who came near the house. Tragically, he was shot in the face twice by a police officer before he was rescued, through no fault of his own, and the trauma has made him very shy around strangers and in public places. His Foster Family has been working with him and learned that introducing him to new people in neutral territory is the best way to meet people, as he has a tendency to be protective in their home. Although a bit shy at first, this handsome boy warms up to new people after 5 minutes, which is when he'll give them special friendship kisses, and they'll have a new buddy for life!
A sweetheart who's full of affection, Andy is all about loving his people! If he notices his Foster Mom seems sad, he'll give her kisses until she's laughing and when his Foster Dad talks to him about his day, Andy looks at him while he talks & listens! Even though he weighs 70lbs, he loves sitting in laps and will make you laugh as he sits in front of you, staring longingly at you until you invite him up on your lap! He loves being close to his people and is very happy because he gets to sleep in bed with his Foster Parents at night! Andy loves cuddling and likes being held like a baby, sometimes falling asleep with his mouth open and tongue hanging out! He can never get enough belly rubs or ear scratches and will even sit in front of someone & roll over, hoping they get the hint to rub his belly! He's such a beautiful boy with his sweet face, gorgeous eyes and big, happy smile! Plus, those adorable wrinkles on his forehead are fun to kiss!
Full of energy & very playful, this frisky guy loves playing with his Foster Family's dogs and is very responsive to their verbal & non-verbal cues if they don't feel like playing. At times he gets into a playing frenzy where he gets the zoomies and runs around the room, plays tug-of-war with the other dogs, then collapses on a piece of soft furniture - he's such a character! Because of his high energy, Andy requires daily walks or exercise to keep his energy levels calm and to keep him happy & healthy! His energy also helps him easily jump 6ft fences so he cannot be left unattended and unleashed in a yard. Andy doesn't have any favorite toys but does like chewing & tearing apart stuffed animals and even likes shredding cardboard boxes although he's a very good boy who doesn't shred or chew anything that isn't given to him. A fun guy to be around, he'll make you laugh when he talks to you, he sounds like Chewbacca from Star Wars!
Andy's not just gorgeous, he's a very intelligent, intuitive guy who listens well! He loves fruits & vegetables, especially cold carrots, apple slices & kale stems, which might help redirect him when he's distracted, and could be useful when training him. He has a deep need to please his people and gets sad when he's reprimanded, which also helps with training. When he's been a very good boy, he's rewarded with a cored apple, which he loves, and he prances around with it proudly displayed in his mouth then he'll lay down and pick at it daintily. This smart boy knows the commands Sit, Get Down & Shake and he's working on perfecting Stay. Sometimes when he's excited he'll jump on people, which he knows he shouldn't do, and immediately jumps down. Andy barks out of fear, and sometimes barks when somebody's at the door. He's great with cats but if one hisses at him if he bumps into it, he gets scared and starts barking, which usually earns him a scratch on his nose. He likes walks & does best when he wears a gentle leader as he pulls very hard & will run if he's walked with a leash. He used to bark at other leashed dogs he'd pass on walks but now only barks occasionally, usually when he senses something in the other dog that makes him fearful. He doesn't bark at dogs in yards, and there have been a few occasions when a dog has approached him while barking and Andy was very submissive.
This beautiful boy's favorite thing to do is go for car rides! He does try to jump into the front seat so his Foster Parents installed a barrier and he behaves very well. In public places, he's very shy & submissive and will hide behind legs or crawl into laps. Yet, at a photo shoot with a lot of dogs, and at the Vet's office, he behaved fine when other leashed dogs are present. Andy's been working on his socialization skills with some new friends who have taken him on outings and group walks. He's been doing great and has been the perfect gentleman with other leashed dogs! We're so proud of how far this sweet boy has come!
Andy recently got to know two dogs, a Mama dog and her 12 week old puppy, when his Foster Parents took in an emergency foster. Andy really loved the Mama, who was also submissive, yet he was scared of her puppy, who was very outgoing. After watching the puppy play with his Mama through the safety of a baby gate for a few days, he realized the puppy's overwhelming energy wasn't scary, just different from what he knew. He became excited and after a slow introduction, they became best buddies & played all the time! Watching 70lb Andy play gently with the 10lb pup as they tumbled around on the ground filled his Foster Mom with pride. It shows how sweet & loving he is, even when he was filled with fear at first, and we're very happy that he's learning to overcome those fears!
Andy's best friend, the dominant dog in his Foster Home, recently passed away and this sweet boy was heartbroken. She was in charge of what they did, he laid still while she groomed him for hours, he shared all of his toys & food with her, and being the submissive boy he is, he was completely content with that. When she crossed the Rainbow Bridge, he didn't eat for a few days, was very depressed and just laid around, which was hard for his Foster Parents to see. He's learning to live without her and is becoming his usual silly self but it really pointed out to us that he would be happiest with a dominant female dog in his life.
Andy is looking forward to finding a Forever Family or Person who will love him for the rest of his life! Despite his tragic background, he's a very kind, happy, gentle soul who just wants to be part of a Family who will put his needs first and truly love him & take care of him. He'll bring a lot of love & laughter with him and can't wait to cuddle in laps! If you'd like to give this gorgeous guy with the sweet face & beautiful smile the home he's been waiting for, please visit our Foster or Adopt page to learn about our Adoption Process and fill out an Adoption Application for Andy.