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Name: Marty McFly
Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
Age: 10.5 Years
Size: Large 73 lbs. ~Large range: 61 - 100 lbs
Adoption Donation: $180 (applicable sales tax included). Adoption fees may be paid with cash or check.
Other: Neutered Male, Vaccinations current, Microchip, No cats
** Marty McFly qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors Program. This program places senior dogs (age 8 or older) with senior citizens (age 65 or older) at a reduced adoption fee of $65.00. If you qualify and are interested in participating in this program, please fill out an application online and type "SENIOR" after your name.
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Foster Home Feedback
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5/20/17: Marty has been doing so well at adoption day events! He has never been a timid or shy dog, but sometimes he tends to get a little nervous in new situations and places. His anxiousness has never been an issue for his behavior, all he really needs is some extra love and comfort which he finds in all the people he meets at PetSmart! He isn't shy about going right up to people and waiting patiently by their side for some head rubs. Marty isn't phased at all about the other dogs barking or kids getting close to him, or at all the attention he gets by his natural good looks. He's pretty much a dream dog when it comes to not causing a scene and going with the flow!
He also definitely has a "comfort zone" when we let him outside to do his business. We have a large, fenced in yard but Marty doesn't stray more than a few feet off the deck and when he's finished he returns to the door to wait for you to let him inside right away. He's eager to be by your side again where he likes it the most.
He's still on his prescription diet dog food. While Marty gets very excited and slobbery when it comes to dinner time, we always make him calm down and "sit" before putting the food down for him and he does without an issue. Any flare-ups of diarrhea he has are generally caused by food outside of his norm (or excess stress) so we still keep to a very strict diet of only his dog food for meals and treats. That means no other treats or human food to keep his tummy happy and healthy.
Marty is pretty reliable for cuddling with you whenever you have a lap he can lay in. You have my word when I say that he will never chew up toys or things around the house when left alone, bark at the mailman or any visitor, and never show aggression towards a person or another dog. Give this sweet old man a chance to prove how loyal he can be!
4/26/17: Marty has been staying with me this week while his foster family is on vacation. From the minute he wakes up until he falls asleep at night, his tail is wagging.
We live on a farm so when we go for walks, he gets to stretch his legs and do some running but always stays close by and wants to keep his people in his sight. He listens well and comes when he is called.
Marty is a nervous dog and doesn’t like sudden, loud noises but quickly settles down when reassured that everything is ok. He loves to cuddle on the couch and has fur that feels like velvet.
If you are looking for a good walking partner and someone to relax with you while you’re watching TV, please consider Marty for your pal!
1/28/17: Marty is still looking for his forever home!!
We've slowwwly been transitioning from his prescription food to a healthy limited-ingredient formula dry dog food. We've been doing this slower than usual because we didn't want prior digestive issues to pop up again. We are happy to say that half-way through his transition, he's been doing wonderful and there have been no issues! We would expect for this to continue and for him to be on his new dog food completely in another 2 weeks.
His weight is normal but his appetite is still ravenous! We are still feeding 3x a day, but have cut back his noon-time portion.
Other than that, there isn't much to report! He has been a very laid back dog to foster. Once he finds a routine, he's a very happy camper
12/28/16: Marty's intestinal issues are largely under control. In January, he will start to wean off of his prescription food! Marty is a sweet older guy that's had a rough couple of months and is looking for his forever home!
10/15/16: We've had Marty almost 4 months now and is getting very comfortable in our home. He listens very well to us and knows to come, sit, stay, and no. He has learned boundaries, and which rooms I don't allow him in and when I go into that room, he stays outside the door and waits. He sleeps in his big dog bed, next to our bed, comfortably all night long. At first, he wanted to jump up into the bed. With persistence and consistency, he knows where to go now when it's time for bed.
During the day when I'm working from home, he naps in my office and keeps me company all day. He rarely bothers me at all, but when he does need something, he will nudge my arm or go and stand in the hallway. He loves to keep a close eye on me so whenever I get up and do something, he will be sure to follow!
He loves watching TV with me! He is very curious at the sounds and the moving pictures and will perk up and tilt his head at certain parts of the program, or he will even get up from his comfy cuddle place and go check out the TV closer. It's the cutest thing!
In our home, we have stopped kenneling him and he has settled down and relaxed a ton. When we are gone, he roams in a limited area between the kitchen and living room, and as long as the garbage and food on the counters are put away, we have had zero issues with him getting into things he shouldn't, and zero accidents! We have learned that in new environments without us around he can be a bit mischievous, so a close eye on him is recommended.
Marty is still looking for his cuddle buddy and best friend. He will do best in a home where someone is with him most of the time. Marty is such a sweet guy, he's waiting for your love and affection!
9/19/16: Things with Marty the past couple months have been only been getting better!
(Back in the early part of June, he had to have some rotten teeth removed, and that surgery on top of being in the shelter really stressed him out. He was having some major issues with his loose stools, and he had also lost about 15 pounds of weight, but we thought once he was in a home with lots of love things would get better. However, not much had improved in terms of gaining weight or forming stools so the Vet switched up his food to a strict hydrolyzed protein diet plus other medications for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.)
It has taken a few months and another hospitalization but I can honestly say things are SO MUCH BETTER! He's back up to a healthy weight and his stools are firm. We currently have him on hydrolyzed protein dry food, a dry herbal supplement sprinkled over his food, a steroid that he takes once every 3 days, and a fatty acid supplement, which he will be done with soon. For treats, he gets his dry food for now because we don't want to upset his tummy too much, but honestly, he doesn't know the difference. Marty's happy with ANY food and he even has quite the happy dance when he knows it's time to eat! He loves catching his treats up in the air in between meal times... he is really good at it too!
As for the kennel... it is NOT his favorite. The poor guy has some serious abandonment issues and will happily follow you around the house all day long, but as soon as he goes in the kennel, he gets pretty worked up and barks. In fact, the ONLY time he ever barks is when he's in the kennel or left alone outside. I have had some success using treats and food as a reward, but even as food-motivated as he is, he still does not like going in the kennel knowing that he will be left alone. I have left him inside my house with my other dog while I'm gone for short periods and he seems to be fine. He is an older dog and does need to go outside to relieve himself every few hours so him being left in a kennel or inside the house would be best if only for shorter periods at a time.
Marty is the absolute happiest and best dog when you are able to spend time with him cuddling on the couch or just hanging out at home. He loves to go for walks, to get outside and smell all the smells and chase squirrels. He his quite strong and fast for his age so we use training collars or an easy walker to reduce the pulling and that does help. He does great with other dogs, he actually ignores dogs altogether because all he cares about in his entire world is you! There have been times where other dogs have been barking in the neighbor's yards and he won't blink twice at them. He absolutely loves every person he meets and has such a friendly personality. Marty is the certainly one of the most lovable, affectionate dogs I've known! He's totally stolen my heart!
6/25/16: This guy is such a lover! All he wants is to be right by my side at all times for pets and snuggles. It's pretty adorable, if you didn't know any better you'd think he's been here his whole life!
I haven't been crating him at night because he's much happier sleeping in our room on our bed or floor. He loves sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in our backyard too. He hasn't caught any...yet! So Mr. Marty Snuggles has been doing pretty great overall! He's very happy!
6/1/16 Volunteer Feedback: Marty McFly is the most laid back dog I have had the opportunity to spend time with in awhile. He was so easy-going; all he wanted to do was sit next to me, get petted, and give a few gentle kisses. He is the sweetest old man, but he doesn't act his age! He is still a spry young pup inside and his body doesn't seem to slow him down much at all. He is a happy fellow. I don't have any major concerns with Marty, I haven't seen any bad behaviors from him at all. He has met a few dogs at the shelter and has done fine, but because of the environment, more dog testing should be conducted outside the shelter before we can say he is bomb proof. I have not seen him jump up at all, and he doesn't have an overabundance of energy. He really is just a sweet, older guy looking for a nice home to live out his golden days. He does have a specific type of food he eats and is on some meds for some digestive issues, but those are expected to dissipate once he is in a home environment and away from the stress of the shelter. Please consider giving Marty a chance. He is a great, loyal companion that just wants a nice bed or couch to snuggle on. He has totally won my heart, and will no doubt steal yours too!
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