Name: Pudge (with Princess but can be separated)
Location: Niles, IL
Weight: 108 lbs
Age: 1 – 1 1/2 yrs
Good with Men: Yes but needs slow intros
Good with Women: Yes
Good with Dogs: Will need slow intros; ; did fine with foster’s dog and they were playing outside together
Good with Cats: Unknown
Children: Older kids or younger kids that are dog savvy; until he is comfortable, he gets startled with sudden movements
House Trained: Mostly, seems to know that you potty outside
Crate Trained: Yes
Heartworm test: 1/26/23 (Negative)
Characteristics: Princess and Pudge were found as strays and brought into Animal Control. The Animal Control Officer and the good Samaritans who helped capture the dogs saw the potential in these dogs and worked together to save them. The good Samaritans are now fostering Princess and Pudge until they get into rescue because they simply could not remain at the Police Department where they were being held. Princess and Pudge can be separated but if they remain as a bonded pair, then the foster/adopter will need to make sure they each get plenty of individual and separate attention and training. Pudge did well at the vet but was protective of Princess so they were separated for their vaccines. He does seem a little anxious at the vet but no aggression noted and did fine with his vaccines and blood draw. Pudge is excellent at tug of war with a rope toy. It did take a few days for the dogs to warm up to us enough to feel comfortable to play with us. I think both Princess and pudge are unsure of quick movements at first… It seems like both princess and Pudge need to build trust with their people and then they are ok… Pudge has actually become very comfortable with the foster’s son and does not seem startled by hiim. Princess and Pudge know “sit” and are learning “stay”. They walk extremely well on a leash also.
Notes from evaluator: They are both stunning in appearance and great dogs! They are very friendly take treats very nice. Pudge likes treats but is not as motivated by it as Princess is. I did not see signs of any resource guarding while I was there. I do not think they are so bonded that they could not be separated or integrated into a home together that has a dog already. Pudge is however very protective of her and watches everything you do with her, not in an aggressive manner but he watches. He does NOT like ANY kind of sudden movements ( its not just a child thing) Pudge will need someone who is willing to go at his pace and follow our decompression. He warms up pretty fast but he has to be the one to come to you. Pudge was very friendly! Pudge would need to be older teenage kids or dog savvy younger kids because he does not like sudden movements. He isn’t aggressive and he may even be trying to play and just not know how because he isn’t mean at all. I just have not spent enough time with him to be able to read him. Pudge is going to be a BIG boy once he gets some weight on him, with the big block head. They both just want love and attention and would be in your lap once they are comfortable with you. They both look like they are at most 1 1/2 years old. They need basic training. They are not badly behaved and are learning basic commands.