I am posting as a last hope for a local dog I don't own! S (names are changed to protect the innocent) was adopted as an older pup from a shelter and raised with a young couple (going to grad school) who ran with him and thought it was a hoot that he could climb over a 6 ft wood or chain fence in a heartbeat, and climb trees. About 2 years ago they also adopted a female, E, (who had been part of our dog park group) whose separation issues overwhelmed her family (new baby, ya know). The 2 dogs bonded and have been great together. Couple and dogs moved to Ga for a year or so, then back to Tampa area, we ran into them at the park occasionally. Woman e-mailed me a couple of months ago about needing to re-home both immediately. Seems S continues to climb fences and escape, no longer fun, and last month killed a cat while out. He also has bitten 3 times: Owner as she tried to take garbage away from him, owner's mother reaching into crate, and mother in law moving sleeping boy.
I suggested he be tested for thyroid, and recommended some behavior books, but she was 'over him' and not interested. Their life has changed, both working, no time for dogs and not interested in doing the work to help him.
S was evaluated by an excellent basenji rescue person who found him to be a very nice boy, never ruffed up with anything she did and didn't startle, just sat at her feet and enjoyed being petted. A nicer boy than many she has seen, but the organization has refused him due to the 3 bites. The rescue org. is willing to place E, the female but unless we can find a home for S (either alone or with E) the owner will put him to sleep.
He is around 4 or 5, neutered nice red boy. My limited interactions with him at dog park were fine, he was a happy boy who wanted a quick pet then off to run with other dogs.
So here is a very nice boy who needs a dog-savy owner, preferably one without a yard who walks a lot or runs to burn energy. No kids, even though he has never shown any aggression around kids, still with his "situational" biting one needs to be careful.
So, if there are any joggers/runners in an apartment or condo who are good at 'reading' a dog and willing to work a bit on situational issues, here is a great free boy. I am willing to drive a good way to save him.
The fence thing is a huge issue for us or I would help, but we have dog door and short chain link fence, as does most everyone I know (short fence that is) and this boy can really jump and climb fast!
If you are at all interested, no matter where you are, let me know please. The rescue Org. person is trying to plead his case with the Org. but I understand abut liability issues. Her words were, he seems a very nice boy, nicer than many we have had, I hate to see this happen to him.
Here is a running buddy, crate trained, boy who needs some time and attention, maybe a thyroid test (problems are recent, after multiple moves). Not a dog park boy for awhile (jumps fences) but great with other dogs.
Thanks, please forward if you know anyone who might be this perfect owner for a nice boy who has 3 bites on his record.