Friday, February 15, 2013
This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Ryder as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:
“You’ve probably seen this guy before, but he’s been at the shelter for so long we want to remind everyone he’s still available for adoption! If you know of anyone even willing to foster this awesome dog, please give us a ring. He’s got a great video posted on our website.
“Ryder is about 18 months old, a beautiful pittie. He’s been in the shelter since July, and really knows his way around and is the official greeter for all new dogs and people. But we seem to be having a run on small dogs and Ryder needed play time practice with big dogs, so we arranged to send him on a two-week “doggie camp” of sorts where he lived and played and learned all about big-dog manners and got lots of one-on-one time with the trainer. Boy, did he have a blast!
“Ryder still loves to play with little dogs more and is very appropriate and gentle with them, but now he learned how be a good big-dog playmate and not rough it up so much. He is eager to please and is a very quick learner, but he is strong and would do best in a home with a dog-savvy owner who can help him remember what he’s learned.
“Ryder is very obedient and well-mannered, will sit politely and wait calmly at an open door until given the OK to head on out, and he’s learned that he loves people and toys! Cats, however, make him lose all manners, so no-cats-in-the-family is best.
“He entertains himself with just about any toy, or rock, or stick and seems to have the best time ever! And after a fun game of fetch, or a nice jaunt with the bike, Ryder likes to find a cozy corner or lap and chew on his favorite toy and just relax. Ryder gladly surrenders toys to you, is great on walks, and gets along with other dogs, too.
“Oh, oh, oh... and he LOVES car rides! He calls “shotgun” all the time, but will surrender to the back seat when asked, and is a very good copilot and travel buddy. Just cruisin’ along.
“Ryder would love to go to a home where he gets regular exercise and attention and more belly rubs than he can handle! Ryder likes kids, too; but that pittie tail of happiness can get going and really little ones may not appreciate his enthusiasm!”
Ryder is house trained, current on shots, micro-chipped and neutered. The adoption fee for Ryder is $185; cash or check only, please. The adoption fee is charged to help recover standard average veterinary expenditures for each dog.
Please call ahead to meet Ryder at the Hukari Animal Shelter, 3910 Heron Drive, Odell; 541-354-1083. Adoption hours are Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. Applications may be downloaded at www.hood-riveradoptadog.org and faxed to 877-833-7166.
The Adopt A Dog program offers 24PetWatch microchips, which include free registration into the 24PetWatch pet recovery service. (For more information visit www.24pet-watch.com or call 866-597-2424.)
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