BREED: Boxer/Hound Mix
ADOPTION FEE: $250
Kyle was on of four similar-looking dogs found locked in a shed together. They were taken to a crowded shelter in the south, overlooked among dozens and dozens of others. We agreed to take one of the four, despite their young ages. When Kyle arrived, he was covered in cuts and scratches in varying states of healing. He was very thin, with ribs and hip bones clearly visible. Day one with him was an absolute nightmare: he had obviously never been inside a house before, he was not neutered and had immediate problems with another intact male here, he was incredibly fearful and stressed and unable to be handled. He jumped onto the kitchen counter and over every baby gate in the house. He barked all night until his foster mom slept next to his crate. They both had a good cry and hoped the next day would not be so horrible.
It was not. Day two, day three, day four... Kyle improved with each passing moment. He became friends with every dog in the house, even the big boy he had tried to fight when he first arrived. He discovered the cats and overcame his fears, attempting (often roughly and awkwardly) to befriend them as well. He learned to keep at least two feet on the kitchen floor, he learned about beds and leashes and regular meals, he learned that his foster mom was his best buddy and could be trusted to give and receive kisses. What he has not learned is that other people can be his buddies as well: although he does not jump up or bite, Kyle is very fearful when meeting strangers both in and out of his home. He does seem to prefer women and children but barks and postures with them at first. Things are much calmer when his foster mom is not home, and he is forced to be cared for by other people, but what this guy really needs is an experienced adopter who can commit to working with him to overcome the neglect he suffered before being taken to the shelter. Positive, repetitive reinforcement and exposure to kind and understanding folks are what Kyle needs in order to be his best self. In return, he will bless you with the goofy antics and unwavering love his foster mom has experienced with him. Kyle is just a sweet young boy and he deserves so much more than what he has been given so far.
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