Australian Cattle Dog
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Age: 8 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-pound dog-dog rescue

Right now he loves everything. He loves the other dogs, loves FOOD, loves to play, loves to be outside... loves to cuddle, loves attention, loves his crate LOL!

Don't know yet.

Favorite Toy:
Tug toys, balls, and Skinnz toys are fun, but dogs are funner.

Favorite Food:
Cheese is a popular treat for him... but i haven't tried hotdogs or meat which i suspect will also be big hits.

Favorite Walk:
Everywhere... he really just loves life

Best Tricks:
He doesn't seem to know anything yet... so he's just now figuring out things to do that get me to give him food (like peeing OUTSIDE!)

Arrival Story:
Dexter was taken in as a stray in a WV shelter. He was likely tied out with a tight collar as the fur around his neck is all broken down (there is no medical evidence of an embedded collar thankfully!). Starfish to the Sea Animal Rescue was able to pull him from the shelter for me to foster!

Dexter has only been in his foster home for a day, but he's been amazing so far. He's done excellent with the other dogs (even Shayne who isn't the most comfortable dog around others), has been great with the cats, and is great with people. He is high energy but i suspect he'll start to learn to relax has he gets a job and is able to use the energy he has! He is a happy silly boy who is really good natured. Right now the only to "special" things we are working on his proper housebreaking/no-marking and car chasing. The he hasn't marked inside yet but he did at his temporary home with the rescue founder, so we are being extra focused on rewarding anytime he marks outside. His car chasing isn't the worst I've seen, he can be distracted by food and I suspect, if he gets a job this behavior will start to lessen naturally. He is not yet up for adoption--he has a mandatory 2-week foster stay (to get some training, a more thorough temperament test, and get to know him and what he needs in a new family).

Forums Motto:
Silly boy looking for a new home!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Australian Cattle Dog questions.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
March 15th 2011 More than 5 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Meet my family
Shayne CGC,
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Rio, CGC, RL1,
pted! :)
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May 7th 2011 4:07 pm
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In March 2011 Dexter became my first official foster dog. He was pulled from a kill-shelter in WV where he had been for some time (I actually found him on, a website that showcases dogs that are slated for euthanasia). He was a crazy kennel bouncer, would bark and spin in his kennel and while the shelter worked freely with rescues and tried their best, they would probably not have placed him. He was just too high energy to be placed and didn't show well in that shelter.

Dex was probably tied out on a tight collar since all of his fur around his neck was broken and split from spinning on a chain. Although he didn't have the ideal life before being picked up as a stray, he escaped that life with only a few 'issues'. He is a car-chaser extraordinaire ... in recovery.

For Dexter, rescue meant getting a chance to explore a farm--where he was bred to live and work. I take him regularly to an old, non-working (anymore) farm to explore and be a dog. It is so clear to me that if he had a choice, THIS would be his life. The photo in the stroll is him at the beginning of our hike around the farm and he just exudes happiness and contentedness.

For him, rescue, and ultimately adoption to his furever home, will mean getting to experience all the things he missed out on early in life, maybe ending up on a farm doing what he was bred to do, being the amazing dog I know he is, and changing the life of the lucky family who brings him into their home.

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