- Adopted: 06-06-12
- Gender: Male
- Age: 5-6 yrs
- Size: 50 lbs
- Color: Orange
- Cats: Yes
- Dogs: Yes
- Traits: Like a good neighbor
My foster parents nicknamed me Jake “from State Farm”. My name was about the only thing I knew when I arrived at my foster home from a shelter. I’m a 50-pound orange boy. Fortunately I’ve been going through an obedience class boot camp at home. While the first word I learned was “no,” I’m getting really good at sit, stay, down, wait, stand, heel and leave it. My foster parents call me a smart dog and a fast learner. I get lots of treats so I can’t complain. My big weakness is blueberry muffins. I love them and will ask for some whenever I smell them. Sometimes, I won’t be able to resist and will try to take them off the counter (I know not to do that with other food, but oh! those muffins!) I do like to please people. I’m learning about crates as well, but I’m not entirely convinced yet. I like to protest but quiet down after a couple minutes. It’s a small price to pay, because I love being a house dog now. I’m getting this house-training thing down, but still have an occasional accident.
I’m a quiet dog who likes to go for car rides and long walks. I have intelligent eyes and a serious disposition, a bit of an observer per se. My evenings are best spent chilling out on the couch with family. If there is a lap I can use as a pillow, it’s even better. (I won my foster parents over and now they let me sleep on the bed.) I’m even-tempered and very lovable. I like to say hi to everyone and make them fall for me (just ask all the staff at the vet offices). I’m very friendly, but polite about introductions. I’m not going to jump all over anyone; more just sniff, wag my tail and give the look that melts hearts. I’ll follow you around wherever you go and sit at your feet or watch what you are doing.
I like to get a good play session outside, especially if I can chase squirrels and look for birds, but am quiet in the house. Not much bothers me. Vacuum cleaners, underwater treadmills, traffic, and pet stores are all more interesting than worrisome. I do like to explore everything, so a yard with a fence is really important. I like other dogs, but prefer ones that can leave me be when I get tired or don’t feel like playing. I find cats intriguing. I’m perfectly content to sleep next to them on the couch. If I’m feeling playful I may go check them out, but I know they have claws if I get too close.
I came to my foster family with some medical issues, but aside from finishing up some physical therapy I am well, happy and with a good long life ahead of me. My coat is growing back nicely, my ears are now pink and healthy, my teeth, while some are still broken, are in good shape. I had a nasty leg break at some point in my life and the metal pin needed removal, but I’m getting back into the swing of things with my PT. I’m still taking it a little slow until I rebuild my muscles, but I’m feeling much better. I even go for hikes now with my foster family. Who cares if I have a slight limp in my step?
I do have a tendency to eat dog toys (who can blame an underfed dog?), so supervision is needed when playing with them. My foster family uses the super strong Kongs and lots of rawhide and that keeps me entertained. I’m not one for sharing, but I’m not going to put up a fight if you need to take something away. Ok, I might run into the other room…but I do give it up.
After a long day of play, I like to nap. Not much can wake me up. My foster family says they can push me over or clean my ears while I’m asleep but I’m not sure I believe them.
I’m a lovable dog that will melt your heart and make a wonderful lifelong companion. I’m waiting to be your best friend!
Steve, Teri & Miss Sophia Sauer hope that Jake has a loving forever home with an interesting yard to explore very soon!
Mary Loots is rooting for Jake to enjoy long walks and car rides with a loving forever family.
Lisa & Peter Gearen hope that Jake will soon be melting the hearts of his forever family and their neighbors.