Hi, I’m Jones, and I’m a 3 year old, housebroken, crate trained, smart as a whip black lab mix who is seeking his forever life with a loving family. I currently am living in a foster home, and my foster mom recently updated Wayside with some of my antics. I thought this would be a good time to share with the world all of my greatest attributes – and well, I guess I ought to share some of my weaker points as well. It’s good to be honest.
First of all, I can’t thank Wayside enough for saving my life. I was at another shelter, and my time was up there, but Wayside scooped me up at the last minute and whisked me to safety. They found that I had an embedded collar in my neck which they had to surgically remove. Then, the vets discovered that I had heartworms. Well, all of this was pretty rough on me, because in all honesty, I’m a very energetic boy, and having to cut down on exercise while the heartworm treatment did its job, well, it was next to impossible for me. I was so stressed out from being contained in that kennel, day after day, week after week. It was just an awful experience. When I did get out, about all I could do was jump up on people – I felt like I was having a nervous breakdown. I couldn’t settle down, and that meant that no one could really connect with me at all. Well, foster family to the rescue is all I can say! I am having a spectacular time with my temporary family.
Most of my days consist of a pretty regular routine. That is good news for a dog like me. Some structure and consistency, daily mental stimulation, and daily physical exercise make for a very good Jones boy!
I am lucky enough to live with two other dogs – an 8 year old pointer/lab mix named Sophie, and a 3 year old pointer terrier mix named Millie. I LOVE these two ladies to death! I can play chase and tug with Millie in a rough and tumble kind of way and for hours on end, but then I totally understand that Sophie doesn’t really want to play that way, so I’m much more gentle and soft when I play with her. I’ve also met a bunch of other dogs in my travels, and I like all of them and play nicely. I also go on two 30 minute walks each day, and I have lots of quality time to run around in a large, 4 foot high fenced in back yard.
Since I’m lucky enough to be fostered by some DOG TRAINERS, I am learning so much! I currently know sit, down, stay, come, off, give, take, no, let’s go, steady, and settle. Whoa! I’ve learned all this in just the past few weeks. I am rather challenged by the game of fetch, though. I just don’t always want to bring the toy back, and yes, that is the whole point of the game, I know. Awww, cut me some slack, ok? Some of the fun of the game is to have you begging me over and over again to give you the toy, and I can keep running around in circles throwing it up in the air and ignoring you! Hey, it is all in the name of fun!
I like to sleep in my crate at night, and I’m just fine if I’m left in my crate for a few hours each day. Hey, pay close attention to what I’m tellin’ you about me right now. I’m fine in it for awhile during the day; however, I would not be a happy dog if you left me there all day long. So, if you have a job that keeps you away all day, I would not be the dog pal for you. I would really appreciate it too if you had another dog at home. I get so jazzed having a pal around, and hey, you might be thinking of another dog right now because you have a dog that needs a friend. Well, you’ve got a friend in me. Yes indeed.
I do love to chew on things, so if you don’t have any indestructible chew toys or rawhides or something good like that, you might lose some of your more interesting items if you leave me to my own devices. Hey, you people really need to understand us dogs. A lot of us, especially younger dogs, well, we need something to do each day. Don’t you do things all day long? If you were expected to just sit around not doing anything and not touching anything day after day after day, maybe you would start chewing on a chair leg, too! Seriously, I am an active boy, so I need a lot of activity so that I am a good boy, too! Some of my favorite toys include kongs stuffed with just about anything, rope toys are great fun, and sometimes I like to have my food fed to me from a ‘wobbler’. That really keeps my busy and active while I eat my food – and I share with my buddies as the food bits come flying out.
Probably the one biggest thing I’ve learned in my foster home is the joy of snuggling with a human. At Wayside, I was always so stressed and hyper living in that environment, it was really hard to get my body and my mind to settle down and enjoy what I now consider to be one of the finer things in life. But in my foster home, I get a chance each and every night to sit in the ‘snuggle chair’ with my Foster Mom. I usually pick up a toy on the way, I hop up, and I will lie in her lap iand chew while she strokes and pets me all over. My Foster Mom talks softly to me about things that happened during the day, and I love to look into her eyes and listen to every word. I don’t pretend to understand her, but I know what a super great feeling I can get from someone being close to me, cuddling and loving me. I never had this kind of experience in my life previously, so it is actually something that a dog like me needs to get used to. Believe me, I now know what it is like to be loved.
I think if I could be lucky enough to find the perfect home for me, it would a home with an active family. I’d love to take regular walks or go running each day, and even hiking might be a good thing to try. I really would love to have another active dog that likes to play a lot. I’ve decided that dogs and people are tied as my favorite things in life (ok, toys are in there, too!), so I’d really rather not spend a lot of time by myself. I really wouldn’t be happy, and I don’t think you would be, either. I am still at the stage in my life where I am mastering the fine art of doggie etiquette. Sometimes my joie de vivre and youthful exuberance can get me into trouble. I still get a little jumpy sometimes, so I could knock down children very easily – not on purpose, mind you, just because I get easily excited around new people.
I so want to find my forever family – are you out there looking for me? I keep dreaming that someone will come. I have mastered so much of life and love these past few weeks with my foster familly, and I now know how much I want to share my love with my human friends. Do I sound like the dog for you? If so, please contact Wayside to set up a time to meet me, ok?
Love from Jones