Lucas is a one-year-old (47 pounds), super sweet mixed (perhaps herding type/German Shepherd) breed with three legs who plays well with all dogs and is gentle when taking treats. Were Lucas in possession of all his limbs, he would be a very active dog. He will most likely build back up to being active when he gains more weight and strength in his one rear leg. He runs well when chasing a ball but does fall over occasionally. He loves balls, chew toys, and things that squeak. Lucas has shown some resource guarding behaviors when he has a toy, so it’s something to be aware of and work on around other dogs.
On walks he’s not bothered by other dogs – the opposite of reactive when out on walks. When Lucas is introduced to a new dog, he just wants to run over and play. He pulls a lot at the start of the walk and is surprisingly strong, but calms down once he settles into the walk and also as he starts to tire.
Lucas may be more reserved to begin with as he’s still decompressing and adjusting to his (rear leg) amputation in late December, so time, patience and positive reinforcement are needed while he is trying to make sense of the world. He loves everyone he meets once he works out that they mean no harm and have hands to pet him and deliver treats. He’s a velcro dog who wants to be as close to you as possible at all times, especially in bed. He loves kissing and rolling on his back for belly rubs.
Lucas has seen the foster’s cat as well as cats on walks and hasn’t reacted. He has had no interactions with kids but given toy and food resource guarding plus (temporary) balance issues he would do best in a home with older children who understand the limitations of a tripod.
He still needs some house training but is improving. Pee pads inside are recommended as well as pet wipes due to his imbalance and inability to cock his leg, he can sometimes pee on his front paws. He would be best with another playful dog who can teach him the ropes and offer engagement and playtime.
Despite their unique physical attribute, tripod dogs can live happy and active lives, engaging in activities like running and playing.
Can you be home more often than not during Lucas’ transition period? Can you offer him an engaged household where he will receive lots of training, exercise, and socialization? Are you ready to give this sweetheart of a dog a forever home? Please fill out an application and a volunteer will be in touch. (JP)