(name, species, breed)
Poodle (Toy) / Poodle (Miniature) / Mixed (long coat) : : Male (neutered) : : Adult : : Small
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At this time we can only assume Matty has some serious trust issues towards humans and this is why he would not allow anyone to touch him on the day of his rescue. Consequently, every time he goes through a change (i.e. meeting new people or changing his foster home), he becomes protective and weary of the situation. This brings out his fearful reaction, which means he can be a “fear biter.” He arrived in his new San Diego foster home and it was hard to get him out of his crate. He was growling and trying to bite. Thankfully his foster is experienced in dog handling and in reading dog behavior. His crate is his “protective area” where he feels safe from change, but his experienced foster was able to remove him safely. It took about an hour before his foster could safely touch him. After an easy going, slow introduction, he started to trust her and within minutes enjoyed and sought attention to be petted. We can tell he enjoys being loved on, but will have a hard time with new things, probably for awhile.
The best home for Matty would be:
- Experienced dog owner — Matty will NOT be a good pup for a first-time dog owner
- NO children — especially under the age of 14
- Either no other dogs, or a home with dog(s) that do not come on too strong — Matty gets annoyed by pups that want to get in his face to play, so he would be happy as the only dog or if his dog sibling(s) are mellow
- Available crate for Matty to relax in — he seems to be very fond of his crate, which is a good thing
Matty has an appointment to be neutered on Tuesday, 9/22. He should go into a foster-to-adopt home for 2 weeks and his foster/potential adopter needs to be aware for the potential for nipping, although he has not done so with his current foster. Please do not apply if the description above does not apply to you.
ORIGINAL RESCUE STORY:
This handsome little guy was found wandering in the streets of Tijuana, scared to death and running in between traffic. He was extremely matted and hence his hair had to go. We think Matty is a young adult between 1-2 years old and is currently under 15 pounds. He is likely a Poodle/Bichon/Maltese mix.
Matty can be very shy and weary of humans and it takes him time to allow people to touch him. In fact, it took several people to corner him in the streets of Tijuana in order to rescue and help him. Once he was initially in their care, he stayed at arms length. However, after a few days he learned to trust people and enjoys jumping on the lap of the person he trusts. He is very dog friendly and we think he will likely be good around cats too. Because of his weariness, we do not know how he will do around young children, as he may be scared and uncomfortable with fast movements.
Matty is now in San Diego and we will update his biography as soon as we get to learn more about him.
If you would like to meet this handsome little guy, please submit a dog adoption application online at arwob.org
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