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We’re going to get the awkward part of getting to know each other over with first, and talk about my genitals.
I came into rescue at 6 months old, after I was surrendered to a local animal control facility. I had broken my penis and my previous family couldn’t afford the surgery to fix it. A Rotta Love Plus sprung me from the shelter and took me in to meet the surgery team that very day. It was determined there was no saving ‘Little Joey’ and we parted ways. A guy’s still gotta pee though, so the surgeon performed a scrotal urethrostomy. This created an opening where my testicles were, routed my urethra through it, and now I officially pee like a girl. Unless you’re looking for it, it’s not very noticeable. I do need a little daily care down there. Nothing too fancy, just need you to wipe me a few times a day to make sure the area stays clean. This helps prevent urinary tract infections (UTI). I can be at a higher risk of having a UTI because of my surgery, so you’ll need to keep an eye on my peeing habits and take me in asap if you suspect an issue. I’ve been doing well since the surgery, no infections to report! I take a urinary tract supplement and probiotics daily, to help maintain good health.
Interesting genitalia story out of the way, let’s talk about the other most important thing to know about me; I need someone to hold my paw for a little while when I am making a new friend.
You can’t really get to know a guy when he’s, literally, hanging out in a strange place, in pain, and then doped up on drugs after a crazy surgery. It wasn’t until I started feeling better that I was able to act more like myself. While I am absolutely in love with everyone I know, and even the surgery team said I was sooo good for all the things they had to do with me during my four days with them and at follow ups, I can be a bit uncomfortable with strangers. I can walk down the street and be around people I don’t know just fine, but if someone I am not familiar with comes right up to me and wants a hug? I’m out. I’ll let them know they’re creeping me out by barking or growling, as I try and get as far away from them as possible. I do make new friends quite easily though, especially if food is involved. Once I’m familiar with someone, I’m totally down for snuggling, cuddling, making out, you name it. I’m yours. Forever and always. But buy a guy a drink first or something, jeez.
As I recovered from my surgery, it started becoming more obvious to my people that it wasn’t just strangers that gave me the creeps. I was a bit nervous about, and extra cautions around, anything new or unusual. Honestly, it wasn’t very normal or healthy behavior for a young guy to be displaying. Thankfully, the folks at ARLP are pretty nerdy and stay up to date with dog behavior and training stuff; they went right to work. I’ve been doing training, going on socialization outings, and even using meds. Yes, I take a daily behavior medication. It’s fairly cheap and boy oh boy, has that little pill made a huge difference. I feel much more confident in new places, I recover more quickly if something spooks me, and I’m much more resilient in general. I may need to take my meds my whole life. I might be able to stop once I’m full grown and my brain is fully developed. For right now, they are helping me make better decisions and associations with the world around me and allowing me to live a much fuller, happier life than I was before. I remember more from my training sessions, my head feels less chaotic when there is a lot going on around me, and I just don’t worry about as much stuff anymore. You and I will need to continue working with my vet to evaluate my medication use throughout my life. You should expect a couple of meet and greets to be part of the adoption process with me. That way, you will get to see who I really am before you decide to call me yours. The folks at ARLP will also require that you and I take a class together when you bring me home. It is included in my adoption fee and will be 5 weeks of online instruction and 2 private lessons during that time. Don’t worry, I know all this stuff they’ll be teaching us already. I’ll help you out and we’ll ace this. I freaking love to learn and eat snacks. Might be my two favorite things.
So, those are the really big things you need to know about me. Equally important when deciding to live with someone forever, but not needing quite as much explanation, these are my other qualities you should take into consideration before asking me out on a meet and greet:
Living with Cats- No kitties for me, thanks
Living with Dogs- Maybe, maybe not. I currently have a couple of canine foster siblings. I don't think any of them call me their BFF. Me and the big guy get to wrestle around a couple times a week, but that’s about it. We are very open and honest around this house and I’m told I’m ‘THAT friend’. You know the one. The one that you like spending time with, but only in small doses. They’re a lot to be around sometimes and you make sure you have a hard 6pm out when you go out. Me and my foster siblings spend lots of time together but separate. If they are loose in the house, I’m either in my puppy pen or on a leash with the people to help me learn good manners and not have opportunities to be a pushy jerk. I can get a little carried away with play. I’m working on it. If you are mainly looking at me as a potential companion for a current dog, you’re honestly better off with someone else. I could likely live with a well-behaved adult dog, that has good dog-dog skills and is tolerant of adolescent stupidity, but you’ll need to include some management into our daily lives in the house for a little while yet. I’m very immature for my age. I still have a lot of growing up to do in this area.
Dogs in Public- I’m indifferent to the existence of unknown dogs while out and about. I don’t care that they are breathing the same air as me, but I’m also not interested in being their new friend. The times that a strange dog has been able to come running right up to me, I try and get away as much as I can. Most of the time, they stick their nose way too far between my legs and spend way too much time trying to figure out what’s going on down there. If left to invade my personal space for too long, I may snark at them to tell them to back the heck off and stop with the crotch sniffing.
Living with Critters- As long as they have their own space and are contained, that should be fine. I live with a turtle. She has her house on the other side of the room and I can’t really see in anyways. She leaves me alone, I leave her alone. Nobody gets eaten. Free roaming bunny? House chickens? Probably not a great match up.
Living with Kids- Not interested. They’re cool from a distance. If they want to toss me part of their PB&J, I won’t turn my nose up at it, but they move funny and are too unpredictable for me. I’d be looking over my shoulder all day. Plus, I’d probably eat some of their toys. Nobody wants their favorite teddy bear to lose a leg. Or head…
House or Apartment? - Living in a house would be best. I just don’t think I’m quite ready to pass by random people in a narrow hallway every day. Living situations that would require we encounter strangers head-on every time we go out for a walk are probably not a good idea. If you live in a multi-unit building and have a private entrance, that may work out.
Fencing- I like to have an open space to run and play in, but it’s not a requirement. I have jumped every baby gate I have come across though, including the ‘extra tall’ one, so keep that in mind. My current house has a 6ft privacy fence and I have not made any attempt to scale it. A shorter fence, or a chain link fence, might get me curious though. I may need to stay on a tie-out if your fence is shorter, otherwise I might take myself for a walk.
Energy Level- I am a little higher energy and need some stimulation every day, but I can also just chill in bed with you on sick days if needed. I don't bounce off the walls and I don’t need to be run until exhaustion, even 20 min of training practice is enough for me to need a nap. My people say I’m a really nice walking buddy. We don’t walk in the immediate neighborhood (too many unfriendly, loose dogs and people that try to come right up in my face and say hi without being invited) but we hop in the car and go walk around the parks nearby a few times a week. I wear a front-clip harness to help remind me not to pull occasionally when I forget what we are doing, but the majority of the time I just match your pace and am happy to explore with you.
Slip me an adoption application if you are still interested, and we can continue getting to know each other.
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