Otis - Adopted!


Labrador Retriever/Breed Unknown
Picture of Otis - Adopted!, a male Labrador Retriever/Breed Unknown

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Home:Salt Lake City, UT  
Age: 9 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Nicknames:
O-Tice, Oats

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 

Quick Bio:
-dog rescue

Birthday:
May 1st 2005

Likes:
Rolling in the grass

Favorite Toy:
the squeaky bone toy

Best Tricks:
learning to walk on a leash!

Arrival Story:
I first saw Otis as a puppy about a year ago, around the time I was nursing Sleepy Jackson back to health. I was told he came from the same breeding source in Wyoming where Jackson had come from, and that he, too, was a lab/pit mix (although I don't see much pit bull in him). I called animal services one winter night when I saw him curled up on a snowy chair outside the house where he lived. After that I didn't see him much, and then I didn't see him at all, so I assumed the owner had gotton rid of him in some way. Around the end of April 2006 I saw Otis wandering loose on our street a few times. Finally one time I approached the owner as he was angrily shoving the dog into the backyard and asked him if I could take him for a walk along with my dog. The owner quickly agreed but didn't even have a leash for him. I got one of my own leashes and it was very evident this dog had NEVER walked on a leash. He had spent nearly his entire first year of life tied to a tree in this man's backyard. When I asked him for the dog's name, he said, "Black." I wonder how much thought he put into that?? So I spent two hours taking "Black" for a walk and teaching him to walk on a leash. As we rounded the corner on our street and headed towards home, he was walking calmly next to me. I put him back in his yard and he escaped twice that evening and came to my door. Clearly I'd shown more leadership to him than anyone ever had so he was happy to come live at my house. The next morning I woke up to find him in my backyard, tongue hanging out, face pressed against my sliding glass door. A week or two later I approached the owner and said I was interested in having the dog. They became rude with me and said they'd had him since he was a puppy. I left things alone for a couple of weeks while I tried to figure out what to do next. On 5/26/06, I got home around 10:30 pm and there was a note on my door that said, "You can have my dog..." and then, as if on cue, the dog came loping down the street and came right up to me. I quickly got things arranged in my house so he could sleep safely inside and contacted my animal rescue group the next morning to see if they'd allow me to be his foster home. They agreed! Boy, what a task. First off, he had to have a decent name so I made a list and narrowed it down to Otis. Then I had to house-train him and teach him sit, down, stay, etc. He has definitely been my most challenging foster dog. I anticipate I could have him for months and months because there are so many black labs waiting for homes...

Bio:
Miraculously, Otis was adopted on 7/29/06 by a single young woman who was initially looking for a little dog, but ending up falling for this handsome guy. She is a first-time dog owner and she's been great. There were some barking issues in the first week but I think he has settled in to his forever home now. Good job Otis! **8/13/06: Unfortunately Otis was returned on 8/7/06. She said she didn't think she could give him what he needs. And unfortunately, I have to agree with her. It was like I was starting over again with him on the barking, the jumping up on people, whining in his crate, etc. Ugh. **10/13/06: Otis was adopted again! Hopefully Friday the 13th will always be his lucky day. His new name is "Nemo."

I've Been On Dogster Since:
August 5th 2006 More than 8 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Dogster Id:
360703


Meet my family
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