Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Beagle / Australian Shepherd / Mixed (short coat)
Weight: 23 lbs - we expect Rafferty will weigh between 35-40 pounds when full grown
Height: 16 in
Estimated Birthdate: 7/10/2020
Fence Needed: No, but he would enjoy one
Location: Foster home in Taylors, SC
Reason for being in rescue: Surrendered by owners
Special Needs: Rafferty is a young puppy. Due to his size he will not be neutered prior to adoption. He will be adopted on a spay/neuter contract which requires you to neuter him within 12 months at your expense. Rafferty "bunny hops" when he runs. He has been xrayed and examined by two different vets who both agree that his radiographs and reflexes display no abnormalities, But he does walk differently. Rafferty is on Cosequin to help while he is building bone.
What kind of home would be best for me: Rafferty is a young puppy. His ideal home has someone who is home more than they are away. Rafferty could be OK by himself but loves having another dog that will play with him. If he is by himself, it becomes even more important that someone has the time to really spend with him as he loves his people. Rafferty's forever home understands that he does walk differently and we don't know what this will mean as he grows up. It does not slow him down at all. He runs and jumps with seemly no problems or pain. He is a happy, active boy with his own unique walk. Rafferty will not be adopted to a first time dog owner. He is a timid dog that needs an experienced owner. Another dog would help him to blossom into the dog he will be.
What is my personality like: Rafferty spent the first estimated 6 weeks of his life living in a feral dog colony. He was surrounded by lots and lots of dogs, with limited human interaction. Thankfully, a caring citizen helped get him into rescue and he is young enough that his lack of socialization during his early weeks hasn't dimmed his enthusiastic personalities.
Rafferty is a young dog. He is very, very timid in public settings and with new people. Slow, patient exposure to new situations and people will be very important. In his foster home with familiar faces he is a happy, active dog. Rafferty LOVES to play with his foster brother Doc Bailey Davis and would be good with another young, active dog to play with. He is crate trained and house trained, although he has not learned yet to alert when he needs to go out. He is on a regular schedule and has had no accidents in the house or his crate in many weeks. He loves to be outside and enjoying the sunshine. A confident dog will help Rafferty continue to come out of his shell as will a confidant and patient owner.
Rafferty is a love bug and races to be the first on his foster mom's lap whenever she sits down. He is the sweetest thing when he is cuddled up sleeping beside you. He has a habit of leaning his head to the side when he is listening as if to make sure that you know is hearing you ... or maybe he is saying 'What' Either way it is as cute as it can be.
How do I act when I first meet new people: Timid but friendly. There is some inappropriate barking but it is concern rather than aggression. People need to be asked to let him come to them and determine when he is comfortable. If they rush him, he will bark and retreat. This is not a dog that should be hovered over. He is treat/food motivated so having new people drop a treat for him is a big help.
Tips and Tidbits: Rafferty's estimated birthday is 7/10/2020
House trained: Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained. A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.
Please note - we do not ship or transport our dogs. If you are interested in adopting a dog, take a look at the distance between the dog's location and your location and make sure you are able to make the trip.
Thank you for your interest in a dog who needs a new home. This description contains all that we currently know about this dog. We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone. We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture. When screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home. You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, age, temperament, personality, etc. Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home. We want to create furever families.
If you would like to receiving our monthly newsletters and learn more about how to support dogs in need, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form and ask to join our mailing list.
Thank you for considering CPR!