UPDATE JUNE 2020: Rocky has been returned to us for the 3rd time. He has a record of biting 4 people now – not just little nips / scratches, but actual penetration bite wounds. His last adopter was able to keep him for a full year before acknowledging that Rocky was beyond his skills and had bitten a friend of the owner. At this point, we will only allow Rocky to go to someone with years of experience with the breed or behavioral issue dogs, or someone who is willing to let him basically mind his own business and has the appropriate living setup and space for him. He has never bitten in his foster’s home, as there he is basically allowed to wander and not forced to do things he doesn’t want to do (if he doesn’t want to go for a walk, you can’t force him or he feels threatened for example). You cannot yell at him or try to punish him or show dominance or “be the boss” – because of how he was mistreated before we got him, something in him snaps when he feels intimidated and he bites. He does not bite unprovoked out of the blue, but if not treated with patience and space, he will bite with little warning. He has done ok with other dogs for the most part – he greatly prefers females and has had some fights with more dominant males.
Rocky was found as a stray. He had a microchipped, but once contacted his old owner stated that he did not want him back. We agreed to take him not knowing very much about him. He is absolutely gorgeous, but is going to require an experienced adopter in a home with no children. Rocky is mistrustful of new humans, and can be reactive when something makes him uncomfortable. He does not like to be grabbed or corrected. He is a beautiful boy who, with time and patience to gain someone’s trust and the correct understanding of how he needs to be treated, still has a chance of being a great companion. He deserves a fair chance at a new life!
He is not going to be a great dog for a family which children. He is mostly good with other dogs. He loves to run and play and shows no fear or trust issues with other dogs. He would do well in a home either with or without other dogs, but need to be female or male and submissive – no cats though.
We had Rocky neutered originally, and will ensure he is up-to-date on his vaccinations before placement. Please let us know if you think you might be a good fit for Rocky!
NO SMALL DOGS
If you are interested in “Rocky,” please email us at email@example.com, or fill out the adoption application following the link below.
His adoption fee is $100. He comes neutered, chipped and vaccinated.