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Spike – Foster Needed for 11-year-old neutered male black Lab

Background:Spike was surrendered to the Sonoma County shelter as his owner was no longer able to care for him. They said they owned him for 14 years, but his vet hospital have him aged at 11. Owner said he is good with other dogs, good with children, and chases cats [not so good]. The shelter feels at his age it would be quite difficult to chase cats. At our request, the shelter walked Spike by other dogs and cats and pigs without issue. We are so happy that he gets along with pigs. Spike is now relaxing at a boarding facility in Santa Rosa where is doing well. He has demonstrated some snarling at other dogs. 😊

What The Shelter Says:Spike doesn't attempt to escape and is house trained. He is not destructive, but does like to chew up paper towels. His former owner kept him indoors when left alone. Spike approached the front of his shelter kennel to meet people and is quiet and friendly. He does pull moderately on leash. He became more and more comfortable over time at the shelter and began leaning in with staff for hugs and putting his head on laps for love. Spike was a shelter favorite. We hope he lands in a soft comfortable place soon.

What Their Rescue Rep Says: Let's get this sweet older gentleman out of the boarding facility and into a foster home. Spike needs a foster/adopter home that will allow him to be the older guy that he deserves to be at this time in life. He stumbles a bit due to age from time to time and may have waning eyesight. It doesn't seem to make a difference to his huge smile. Looking for foster/adopter to give him love and care. If you have pigs, even better. Would do best in a home as an only dog... as he can be snarky when other dogs get in his face. Preferable that he not go to a home with cats.

Medical: Neutered. He is up to date on shots, microchipped, heartworm negative. No health concerns, other than age. Needs to put on a few pounds.

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

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