Ready for Adoption
Benji is an OR for personal reasons. He is ~3 years old, 13 inches, 26 pounds, neutered, now UTD, heartworm/fecal negative. Benji is house and crate trained and loves people. He has had several seizures and has been diagnosed with epilepsy, but after working with a veterinary neurologist, he appears to be well controlled on his medication regimen and has gone for over 3 months without having a seizure.
An update from Benji’s foster mom: Benji is a friendly, high-energy dog who enjoys being around his people and loves adults and children equally. He has a great appetite, and giving his daily anti-seizure medications is so easy—toss on top of his food or give with a treat like cream cheese or Pill Pocket. He walks well on a leash and does not mind being in his crate and in fact will run inside it if it means he will get a treat. He sits for meals, but since he is so food motivated, I do feed him in a room by himself.
Because Benji has had some issues with other dogs, we had a trainer work with him on his dominance traits towards dogs. He has shown improvement, but he continues to have somewhat of a “Napoleonic” complex and, especially in an excitable moment (doorbell ringing, other dogs barking), he will sometimes run over and challenge a nearby dog. He has been around several resident and foster dogs while in my home, and in most cases there have been no issues. He has, however, gotten into scuffles with dogs who are a little more headstrong and will stand up to him. It is truly a case-by-case situation, and for that reason, we recommend that he either go to a home where he is the only dog, or allow a cautious trial with resident dogs before a decision is made. He and my resident Sheltie have had no issues for several months, but she is a passive, non-confrontational dog.
The trainer also worked with Benji on his excessive barking. In most cases, a sharp “NO” will get him to stop. He has definitely improved, and in many cases, he is barking appropriately at someone at the door or at the dogs in the yard next door. Because I often have several dogs loose in the house at night, I do crate Benji at night and he does well, but does tend to wake up early. In a previous foster home, he was allowed to sleep on the owner’s bed, and that arrangement might help him choose to stay in bed a little later! They had observed that he had anxiety with bad storms, but I haven’t had the occasion yet to see that.
Benji is really a cute, confident little guy who virtually prances when he walks, his tail curled over his back. We are hoping to find the right home where he can flourish and be a lifelong companion.