Kenny is a very special 2 year old male terrier, looking for a very special loving family. Due to his overwhelming separation anxiety/PTSD he really is considered a “Special Needs” – while nothing is wrong with him physically, mentally he needs someone patient and that can deal with all the “rules” that come with him.
A letter from his foster parents…
Kenny is super-smart, very entertaining, affectionate, and generally well-behaved (more on that below). We lost the last of our 3 dogs last summer. Because we have put off international traveling for many years for our own pets, we decided to volunteer as fosters when it fits our schedule. Kenny is our first foster. He arrived with separation anxiety, some behavior problems and a terrible fear of being confined in a kennel. The separation anxiety is seldom seen now, and he stays quietly in his kennel when we need to leave him alone at home.
We have fallen in love with him, but this young, energetic dog needs a more active lifestyle than ours. Kenny needs someone high-energy to share lots of activities. He learns quickly, wants to please, and needs consistency in attitude and training methods. He would be a great hiking partner and would be an incredible agility dog. He is fine with other dogs of all sizes, and has behaved appropriately with young children under our direct control and supervision. He has not been well-behaved with cats in his vicinity.
The good: Kenny knows several commands and tricks: sit, down, off, wait, stay, come, leave it, shake, high five, “ that was easy”. He is learning: take a bow, crawl, heel, quiet, house (kennel). He is housebroken and uses a doggie door if one is available. He is not a “yapper”, but will bark if the doorbell rings or there is a strange sound. He loves walks, rides, engaging with humans for training sessions, going to the dog park and playing fetch with a stick in the river afterward (won’t bother with a ball, though!).
The bad: He REALLY doesn’t want to go into his kennel, but isn’t safe to be left out if we’re not home because he is quite the escape artist. He can open lever-type door handles and has accidentally (I think!) locked me out by turning the deadbolt knob 3 times. He can easily jump over a 5 ½’ block wall and climb any height chainlink fence, but the only time he has ever challenged our block wall was when he saw the neighbor’s cat on top of it. We’re still working to tone down his level of excitement when greeting people and when released from his kennel, both of which are accompanied by jumping and joyful, but too-loud vocalizations.
The rest: He is currently on a grain-free diet and we’re using an anti-itch shampoo to reduce what might just be scratching out of habit (he stops if we say “leave it”). Making Kenny a part of his new family without causing him to react with a new case of separation anxiety will need to be accomplished by his new owners working with us to establish a bond of trust before he is actually moved to his new home.
Kenny is a delightful and charming dog, but we are not the right forever family for him. We are committed to working with anyone interested in Kenny for as long as necessary so that his adoption will be successful and rewarding for all.