Meet Zyrus!

You really can’t imagine how uncomfortable it is for me to write this bio for my web page.  You see, at this point in my life, I prefer to go unnoticed and hide within the safety of my kennel.  With the help of my wonderful Foster Mom (FM) though, I am slowly but surely coming out of my shell and learning how great life can be.  So I will reluctantly tell you a little about myself, but please keep my frame of reference in mind as you read my story. 

I’m a shy but playful, especially with other dogs, smart, soft and gentle 7 month old Border Collie/Shepherd mix named Zyrus, and I’m in the market for a forever home of my very own.  I’m still just a pup, but I’ve never been socialized or taught what it means to simply be a dog.  That’s what I want.  That’s what I dream about.  Life can be scary for me.  But every once in awhile, when I get focused on a fun game with my doggie friends, I show moments where I’m not afraid and I know life is good.  That’s when FM talks about what a fabulous dog she knows I can become.  I know I’ll get there too, but having someone else believe in me is an amazing feeling. 

I originally came to Wayside as a stray with my 5 brothers and sisters.  Just a family of puppies who longed to be loved, that’s all we were.  They all got adopted and are living large with their very own families.  Sure I miss them, but I know it’s time to focus on me, so that’s why I agreed to go beyond my comfort zone and tell you about my life.  Right away, my Wayside buddies realized that I was special, but super shy and sensitive, so they found me the world’s best FM to show me the way.  

She’s teaching me so many new things and letting me experience life for the first time.  It’s a first for me to get brushed and bathed.  And I’m not comfortable just hanging out and cuddling with someone yet, but I want to get there so badly! Luckily, FM has another dog, Louie, and he’s the best teacher I could ask for.  His goal is to help teach me all about what it means to be a dog.  Sometimes our whole family goes out for walks.  I love to explore the neighborhood and it’s fun when we meet new dogs along the way.  I don’t care too much for the people that the dogs are usually with, so I just ignore them. 

I’m partially housebroken and fully crate trained.  I still have a few accidents now and then, especially when I’m nervous.  I feel so safe in my crate, sometimes I actually run to get in it.  I stay in my crate at night and when FM is at work and that is fine with me.  Like I mentioned, life gets scary for dogs like me…quick movements, unfamiliar people, new activities…I’m trying so hard, but it’s a slow process.  So I’m looking for a family with lots of patience to help guide me.  I promise to not cause much trouble.  I never get on furniture at FM’s house.  I don’t bark much, unless I’m trying to alert FM to things she needs to be aware of.  I stay in my yard and have not been destructive at all, which is pretty awesome, considering my age.  

Having someone care about me and for me for the first time in my life is sometimes overwhelming to me.  But I’m learning to enjoy life now.  FM says I am super focused and the way I learn is by watching, processing in my mind, and then imitating.  That’s why my dog brother, Louie, has been so great for me.  It’s crazy, but sometimes I just sit and watch him.  FM insists that once I learn to relax, I am so smart that you will be able to teach me almost anything!  How’s that for a vote of confidence?  I’m entertaining to her when I start to have fun and play, and it makes her happy to know she’s helping me grow more self assured every day.  I just need time, that’s all.  

As you can probably guess, there’s a certain type of home that I’m hoping for and dreaming of.  Well, my number one desire is patience, love, and someone who understands me for who I am.  Having another dog around to teach me and play with me would be awesome too.  Since I’m still young, sometimes my play gets a little rough, but I’m working on that!  And I would love to have someone around a lot, because life is so much sweeter when you’re not alone.  A daily walk is also on my wish list, since it is one of my most favorite things to do and it helps me experience life in a positive way.  I tend to like women more than men, but I promise to do my best to get along with and trust all family members.  FM does think that a home with no kids or kids over 12 or so would be best for me.  

Although I will probably always be somewhat shy, there is a fun-loving, happy, and friendly guy here inside of me just waiting to get out and enjoy life.  I promise to work every day at overcoming my fears and insecurities.  With your guidance, love, and understanding, I know I can get there!  So if you think you might be interested in helping a sweet, shy soul come out of his shell and start living life to the fullest, please give Wayside a call and schedule a time to meet me! Thanks for your time! 

Love, Zyrus

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