So, a terrier just happens to be my kind of dog. I love how smart they are. And I love how they don’t trust you upon first meeting.
Terriers typically require you to prove yourself. Prove you are a friend, not foe. (They will assume foe, friend must be earned.)
No, don’t offer your hand to pet their head or scratch under their chin. They are smarter than that . . . . your hand had better have a sort of peace offering in it for invading their territory, even if it is your house that they are coming into. They are like two year olds . . . it’s ALL mine.
Offer a dog treat, but better yet, a bite of cheese or a morsel of chicken. The good stuff.
Now, that you know the terrier way of thinking, let me introduce, Abu.
Abu came from the streets of Dowdy Ferry, literally. He and his buddies were all running around in the street. Rescuers stopped to speak with the home owner and she was overwhelmed with the need to care for so many pups. One signed owner surrender document later, Abu and his family of littles were onto a better life.
Abu entered his foster home several months ago very untrusting. New people, new experiences, new sounds . . . it was as if he had landed in a whole new world. The rules had all changed.
Dogs walk on leashes. Dogs sleep in beds, INSIDE the house. Dogs have toys and treats . . . . and really nice humans that you can boss around. And even the mini-humans are cool, they often drop food!
Abu has learned so much from the resident dogs. They have helped him adapt to life in a home, where he is loved and adored. He would love to have a playmate in his Forever Home. He is a young dog who loves to play fetch and chase.
Based on personality, this boy is all terrier. We believe he is a Schnauzer mix of some sort, maybe some Shih tzu mixed in for the coloring. But, like most Schnauzers he likes to talk. He will let you know what he is thinking. He is such a funny little guy.
During his time with TMHPR volunteers, he has truly become an amazing dog as he has blossomed with his fosters.
Gone are the hollow eyes of a scared dog.
To the happy eyes and waggy tail of a confident dog who knows he is safe. (Even if he chases the bugs in the dirt.)
Just remember, he is a terrier and you will have to prove yourself; and then he is, well a snuggle bug in your lap.
Someone NEEDS this dog!!
Is it you? Is it someone you know?
Must love terriers!!