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Barney -- 18-month-old male black Lab mix 70-lbs Neutered

Background: This youngster was found as a stray in Oakland... and was very scared and shutdown at the shelter. The shelter was unable to handle him or examine him due to his skittishness. With the help of tasty pieces of a freshly-roasted chicken from Nob Hill Foods and some patience, we were able to gain his acceptance and get him out of the shelter into a vehicle for transport to a foster home.

What Barney's Foster Says: For being so young, Barney is very calm and knows many commands including: sit, stay, wait, leave it, no, come, this way... and he is working on "heel". Barney is great on a regular leash and is good walking in a city and also on trails. The ability to chill on the couch next to you is amazing but he is always up for a walk or a ride in the car. After he gets to know you, he will lay his head on you and enjoy you petting and rubbing him. He is great in the car and loves to check things out and on longer rides, he lays down and sleeps. He is fine with a crate but sleeps great on his own bed and sleeps though the night and house trained. He also will sleep in your bed if you let him, but he knows he has to be allowed up. If you work at your home office, he will hang out on the bed next to you all day while you work away on the computer or phone.

Barney is a bit too fascinated by cats; if they run, he will chase -- he should be in a house without cats. He has been good with kids in limited interactions that include taking treats gently from a three-year-old. He has the softest mouth ever and only takes treats gently from you. Barney has also been great with all ages of humans and with my parents (79 and 80) he was a perfect gentleman after he got over being a bit shy with them. He loves other dogs, but he needs to be introduced to them to feel comfortable. When meeting other humans, he is a bit shy but warms up to people and he has been great going out for a beer at the local brewery meeting people. He becomes a bit attached to you after a week or so and will follow you everywhere, but he is fine at home alone but likes having his humans around or another dog to hang with. Barney is a great dog who is very chill for his age, and he is coming into his own. He has good basic training completed and has never jumped up on anyone and aims to please you by sitting very properly to wait for his food or a treat. He is a beautiful Labrador/Weimaraner mix, who is a great athlete with amazing eyes and gets many compliments about his looks when out walking in town or the park.

What Barney's original foster said. What a delightful young up. Barney has come such a long way in just a few weeks. Initially, he was a recluse in his x-pen, avoiding all contact. Now, he is engaging, friendly, and playful. Gets along great with his 4-legged roomies, Theo and Diesel. Barney sleeps through the night on his dog bed in his x-pen. I have refrained from using a crate with him due to his terrible experience at the shelter. Tried giving Barney a bath; it did not go well; he wanted no part of the hose. We've just started going on leash walks in the neighborhood and it's clear that he'd never been walked on a leash before -- he is figuring it out quickly. When I am working out in the yard, Barney is happy to lie down and supervise. Rides well in the car. Barney takes meeting new people slow and cautious -- a few treats goes a long way to winning Barney over. Not a big barker. House-broken. Loud noises and quick movements make Barney jump and run away -- he is still learning about the big world around him. He is quite curious about my chickens -- but not in a good way.

What Barney's Rescue Rep Says: DNA analysis reveals Barney is 44% Weimaraner, 12 %, German Shepherd Dog, 10% Labrador Retriever, 9% boxer...and eight other breeds. He is true smorgasbord dog. Would be great for him to join a family with an existing dog that can show Barney the ropes. Barney loves to chase cats and squirrels. Barney has shown an affinity to men over women... we are not sure why. Will need lots of slow and steady and calm handling. Not a good fit for a family with children due to his skittishness and fear of new things. No cats! No chickens!

Medical: He is in great health. Current on vaccinations and microchipped. Neutered. Heartworm negative.

Located In: Chico. Please note our service area: GGLRR adopts to the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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