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Shadow: 5-year-old male black Lab mix 56 pounds neutered

Background: Found in a pad-locked vacant chain-link fenced lot in Oakland… with no food or water, local authorities sprung this guy from his predicament and took him to the local shelter where no one claimed him. Initially very apprehensive and anxious at the shelter, he quickly warmed up to people.

What Shadow’s Foster says: Within two days, Shadow totally settled into his new surroundings. He is one quick learner! In the house, he has learned to stay off the furniture, stay out of the kitchen when we're cooking, to sit and wait for his food, to keep out of certain rooms, and knows exactly where to find the dog toys. Fully housetrained, not a single mess inside. After a couple nights of 5 minutes of whining, he now sleeps great without a single complaint in his crate. Every morning, he greets us with loving kisses, then runs to the front door to go outside and do his business. This lovable guy hasn't chewed or damaged anything that wasn't a dog toy to play with, he is great at retrieving, he has learned to drop or release toys without stress; the guy loves belly rubs and to be close to people, and is great with our own 3-yr-old lab competing for the ball or playing tug-of-war with ropes. When walking, he has typical lab excess curiosity, but he's rapidly improving and walks great with only a little pulling, though would always stop to smell and leave a wet message if given the opportunity. When meeting other dogs (big and small) that are not on leash, he politely says hello, and then we easily continue on our way. Very socially compatible with other dogs, so that's great. He knows to sit, stay, release toys, and is doing great with recall. During our walks, he's been around mountain bikes, large groups of passers-by, joggers, and passing cars/trucks without getting disturbed at all. He willingly greets everyone with a typical happy Lab demeanor. For a ~4 year old, this guy has a boatload of energy, and thrives on working/training for a treat or positive attention. A real winner for any family or person that loves the outdoors and playing with dogs. Very trainable for whomever adopts him, going to be a great family addition!

What Shadow’s Rescue Rep says: We think Shadow could be a Lab/border collie mix. One terrific dog. Full of energy, he will need lots of exercise. Great candidate for obedience training.

Medical Information: This guy is in fine health, having just recovered from kennel cough. Current on Rabies and distemper vaccination, and microchipped. Shadow will soon get a wellness check by our vet and be neutered.

Shadow is located in: Mill Valley.

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