If you've been on our website, social media accounts or watched our TV show for even five minutes - you'll know immediately that we are over-the-moon obsessed with pets. Which is why we could not be more excited to partner with Pawsitive Alliance for their #WhyNotMePets campaign, that spotlights animals from all sorts of rescues around the state who need an extra paw in getting adopted. These animals aren't the puppies or kitties that get snatched up right away, they're usually pets who have lived through some tough stuff in this crazy world of ours. And guess what? Those are the ones who desperately need a loving family! So share this post, click the forward button - heck, call someone up on the phone who may be interested! Let's find these pets the homes they deserve.
Louie, Louie - oh no! You gotta go [to a new home].
Woof, that looks way worse on the page than it sounds in a song, sorry about that.
He's been adopted and returned several times in his short life, and when he finally found what everyone thought was a forever home with an owner in the military, he had to be surrendered back to the shelter after being reassigned posts.
The results of this trauma show in some behavioral issues, like being reactive to dogs, new people (especially men), and guarding resources.
I know, I know - it sounds like a lot. But let's take a step back and give Louie a little grace, OK? If you were tossed around from home to home and ended up at the shelter, you might be a little slow to trust new people, and you DEFINITELY would be guarding all your earthly possessions very carefully.
So we know why Louie is this way, now we just need to find someone who gets how to help reduce some of his issues.
Kitsap Humane Society has had Louie assessed by a behaviorist, and they have a complete plan on how to get him comfy in a new home! All they need is someone who can understand the plan, and commit to it so he can thrive.
A couple of their recommendations right off the bate:
- It is recommended that Louie be trained to wear a basket muzzle if his new owners want to take him on adventures. This will keep him and others safe, while still allowing him to sniff all he wants
- He will want to be more of a homebody though, the big ol' world is pretty scary to him
- Louie also will need a fenced-in backyard, preferably in a low traffic area so he won’t be agitated by passing joggers or other dogs
- Because he can be reactive, he can only go to a home with no kids and no other pets. He'd do great in a home with someone single, or a couple who has experience with dogs
We know it seems like all Louie is is issues, but we PROMISE that's not it! He loves to make you laugh with zoomies in the yard, racing after tennis balls and playing. He's got a LOT of energy!
Are you up for giving Louie the safe space he deserves, while he learns to love again?
Kitsap Humane will provide Louie's behavioral assessment and plan to his adopters, and they have a behavior department that can assist in his transition to a new home.