Do you know what it’s like to have a bad day? I don’t, because I’ve never had one. Do you ever get angry or mad at something that life throws your way? No way, that’s not me. Hi, I’m Clint, a super handsome, energetic, playful, crate trained, housebroken, and somewhat eccentric guy who wants very much to find his forever home.
Yes, you must have noticed right off the bat that I’m a big, black dog, and some would consider that a strike against me. Statistics show that big black dogs like me are usually the last to be adopted out from shelters. In my case, I’ve been waiting in a shelter for my forever home for over a year now. Yes, I said over a year now. Sigh. I’m not even two years old yet, so that means I’ve spent over half my life in a shelter. Yep, I watch all my friends, one by one, go to happy, loving homes, families smiling as they leave the shelter and drive off with a new doggie friend to a new life. I am left behind – waiting and watching for my forever family to come for me. A normal dog would be stressed or even depressed by all the time that has passed – but not me, no way. Patient, resilient – a survivor – yep, that’s a good way to describe me.
I do have one very special friend who takes good care of me at Wayside. He spends time with me nearly every day teaching me proper dog etiquette – something that sadly no one else in my entire life has ever done for me. I’m really a smart guy, I just need some positive reinforcement, training, encouragement and structure in my life, and someone to understand me and let me know the right way to do things. I don’t instantly bond with people, and I’m sure that can be a big reason why I’m still at Wayside. I certainly know that some adopters really want that immediate connection, love at first sight, well, that fireworks display when they meet their new dog in a play yard at the shelter. Meet and greets usually last only a few minutes, and I’m probably not likely to instantly bond with you during one. I take awhile to warm up and get to know you. Would that make you not want me? Would you give up on me at that moment? I hope not. Developing a special relationship is something that we can work on together – forging a friendship that will last a lifetime. It can take a little time, that’s all.
My special friend has taught me to walk perfectly on a leash (check out my video to see me). I used to be pretty barky too, but my friend has helped me figure out that barking can annoy you humans, so he just tells me to knock it off. I also do great inside a home – my foster families have said that inside the house I’m so, so good….quiet, friendly, housebroken, and well, just perfect. My friend has helped me to understand just how wonderful the touch of a human’s hand can be – rubbing my belly, stroking my head, scratching my ears. I just didn’t have enough of that before I came to Wayside, and it is nice to learn all about love.
What do I need to be a forever dog for the right family? I need a 6 foot fence, and I would be happiest if I had a doggie play buddy – someone young and exuberant about life like me. Wrestling and playing is great exercise. I would love some toys to play with, and if you like to go to the lake or you have a baby pool in your backyard, I’m a black lab for pete’s sake – we love water! If I could have some belly rubs or ear scratches before bed, that would make my day. My special friend thinks that I should ask for a home with just a single guy with another dog – but my human gal pals at Wayside think I’d love to have a woman in the picture too!
Ok, I’m not a dog that just anybody would want to have in his or her life. I’m very special – different and unique – and I need someone special to understand that and give me a chance at a life outside of a shelter environment. My good friend knows all my quirks and my eccentricities, and he can tell you all about me – if you would just call him or email him.
I have been so patient here at Wayside, every day waiting and watching for my forever family to come. I am so quiet in my kennel, and rarely does anyone stop to take a second look at me – or to share a hello. For you humans, you would say it makes you feel invisible or insignificant in this world. I’m just a big black dog from Clinton that has had to spend way too much time in a shelter. What is so special about me you ask? Why pick me to be your dog? Because I don’t want to be invisible anymore – I don’t want to be passed over – I want to be like all the other dogs that have left Wayside and have never had to come back. I just want a home of my own. That’s all any of us want.
Can’t you see me here, patiently lying on the shelter floor, looking up at you? Would you look into my eyes and think about whether or not your home could be my forever home? I will be here at Wayside – hoping you will come for me soon.
Love from Clint