Many of you know that I’ve been rescuing and working with dogs for years, and that I love pitties with all my heart.
Now it’s my turn to lean on the amazing community of dog- and pittie-lovers to find my beloved foster, Casper, his own forever home. He’s my baby boy that I’ve been working with for the last six months to get him training, socialization, and love after he came out of a difficult home situation last January. I stepped up to take him in after his options were looking scarce, and I’ve invested a good deal of time and money in training with him over that time in hopes that it will help him find his forever home.
I had hoped to adopt Casper permanently myself after taking him in, but sadly I cannot, so my job becomes Super Foster Mama, with a plea to share him far and wide and get him the home that he really and truly deserves.
He is 2 years old, neutered, and up to date on shots as well as on heartworm preventative. He’ll also be microchipped for you before he goes anywhere, as well.
Casper is a lovable handful – a puppy that never got to really be a puppy – with LOTS of energy and a goofy personality. He needs a home that will continue to work with him on training (he’s a FAST learner and very smart, food motivated, and willing, but no doubt he’s got energy to burn) and I will provide $500 in training for him from a qualified trainer in your area for whoever can truly give him the kind of home he deserves.
I am willing to transport him as well, personally, just about anywhere in the country. (We’re located in the Chicago suburbs, but have car and will travel!)
He’s crate trained and knows the basics of sit, down, paw, working on stay and “place” taught using positive reinforcement and clicker training. He still needs help with things like impulse/threshold control (OMG DOORBELL AAAAAHHHH), not mouthing when he wants attention or gets excited, and walking nicely on a leash. But seriously, NO ONE does the backyard zoomies like Casper does.
He’s good with other dogs with proper introduction, though he plays rough since he never really learned “doggie” rules, so he’ll need to learn from patient doggie friends that can continue to show him the ropes. He’ll probably chase your kitties (he’s chased mine a few times, though not in a predatory way. They still weren’t interested.) He’s also lived happily and lovingly with my 7-year-old daughter who he follows around like a little white shadow. Heck, he does obedience almost better for her than he does for me!
He can be a smidge timid when he meets a new person, but warms up quickly and has gained a remarkable amount of trust of people while he’s been with me after a not-so-great start to his world. And while he’s a ball of energy, he can also couch potato with the best of them when he’s good and tuckered out. He needs lots of exercise, a big yard to run around in, ways to work his brain and his body to burn off some of that energy. Maybe agility, or frisbees, or something like that? But he has a wonderful temperament in there and it’s really starting to shine now that he’s been in a loving, patient environment.
I have done nothing but cry at the thought of re-homing him because I adore him so much, but finding a devoted family is the best thing for HIM right now, and that’s ultimately what rescue is all about. I have to believe there is *someone* out there that will give him the love, devotion, patience and kindness that I’ve been willing to give him. I know there are more of me out there.
Friends and community, this is when I need you most. I need you to share this far and wide and leverage the power of the Mighty Internet to find Casper his happily furever after. After we’ve come this far, I don’t want to let him down, and he absolutely deserves the very best that human love can provide.
If you never share another thing I post, please let it be this. Thanks.