A Foster Story From Julie Poland
In a home environment, he has been extremely well behaved. He follows me around the house and gets up immediately, even if sleeping, just to see where I am going. He’s been very sweet and gentle with my two kids and husband.
He never liked going back to his kennel at the shelter, and he initially did not like to go into his crate at home either. However, within a few days, he was running up the stairs with my other dogs at bedtime and happily going into his crate to wait for his treats. He sleeps all night in his crate and even lets us sleep in late on the weekends!
He was great with other dogs at the shelter and was in many playgroups with other canines, too. His play was so appropriate that he was used as a test dog when new dogs arrived at Wayside Waifs to see if they were friendly with other dogs. He’s also been fantastic at my home with my two small dogs. They are not playful and Raider will occasionally try to engage them in play, but he respectfully stops when they don’t respond to him.
We even had a litter of four foster puppies when we first brought Raider home, and he was so gentle when the puppies tried to play with him.
Raider is crate-trained and house-trained and is great about going outside to go potty. He walks very well on a leash and only pulls when he sees squirrels and other dogs on leashes. Raider is only two years old, so he does get into mischief like the young dog that he is. He is still learning what is appropriate to chew and what isn’t. However, with supervision, he’s learning quickly and is great about dropping something he’s found in exchange for a treat.
My family is enjoying spending time with Raider and will be sad to see him go. We think he would be happiest in a home with a fenced yard and another playful dog. He was adopted recently for about a week, and the family loved him and had wonderful things to say about him. Unfortunately, one of their dogs did not like Raider. If the family tried to give attention to Raider the other dog would attack him. They felt it would be best for Raider to go to a home with another dog who would accept him. We hope his forever family finds him soon, so he can live the wonderful life he so deserves!