Hello, I'm A Social Experiment

Status: Pending adoption
Animal Type(s): Large Dogs
Gender: Male
Breed: Mixed
Current location: Edmonton
Spayed / Neutered: Yes
House trained: Yes
Good with kids: Yes
Good with dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Yes

We made you click, didn’t we. No photo’s here. No name even. We are going to let the foster home describe life with this particular adoptable and see if we can match him with his perfect active family!

First some details. He is a he. Quite large, fluffy, mostly black. Maybe a mix of husky shepherd collie, that typical ‘go to breeds’ in a northern mix. He is an adult, maybe 3-4 years. Healthy and happy.

Now for a story from his foster home.

“I’m starting to learn quite a bit more about him in the last week. He is very vocal if he hasn’t had his walk by the time he thinks he should have had it.  He is quite a nuisance in his barking if not exercised so he NEEDS daily exercise unless you want to be woken up multiple times a night.

He quite enjoys being outside. When we are home, he prefers laying out on the deck or sleeping in the dog house rather than being inside.  He isn’t a cuddler or a giant lap dog – when inside he prefers to be in the front window, keeping watch over any strange activity. He doesn’t get up on any of the furniture, not even the dog couch.

With all my 9yr old son’s friends coming over, he is really good with kids. He doesn’t jump or get too excited with the high volumes. He will come look when there is some screeching and keeps an eye out to ensure they are safe but doesn’t get in the middle of the action.

He is good on a leash.  He is learning to walk beside but even when he ventures ahead he doesn’t pull. He is an excellent tracker and can spot a rabbit better than any dog I have ever had.  He doesn’t try to rip your arms off when he sees a rabbit which makes me change my initial opinion that he would have a high prey drive.

I took him with me for a bike ride and he was doing really well until he decided to run ahead and turn infront of me causing a spectacular crash as I went soaring over my handlebars.  A few more times out and I am sure I can teach him how to pace better.  He did very well for what I expect was his first time running beside a bike.  He is excited to go out for a walk/run any time someone is going out the door so I will try to get a sense of what it takes to tire him out this weekend on a longer bike ride. I think it would take 10+ kms for him to show signs of slowing down based on the 3-4km ride we did last week.

My 9 yr old is a cross country runner and took him for a run by himself and came back with the dog, so I thought that was a good sign!”

and the most recent update!

“Both of my sons now take him when they go for their runs.  He is still learning to not run out in front of them but definitely improving!  I have taken him on a few more bike rides and he is getting better at that as well. He is better at higher speeds so he can really stretch his legs. About 20-25km/h seems like the pace he prefers, which would be great if he wasn’t on a leash. That speed combined with him not ready to go off leash has me a bit terrified at times as we have a lot of rabbits in Mill Woods that capture his attention faster than I can adjust.  Thankfully we only have seen the rabbits when we are going at a much slower pace where there were soft snowbanks for me to land in.”

Please note: If other cats/dogs in your home are not spayed/neutered, we will deny your application. SCARS exists due to lack of spaying/neutering and it is our goal to end this cycle. If there is a documented medical reason for your animal to not be spayed/neutered, we will work with you.