Spike

Spike

Good with Dogs
Good with Kids
Housetrained
Shots Up to Date
Spayed/Neutered

Every dog has a story to tell. Some are “tails” of happiness and some are sorrowful. I like to think mine is of hope. My name is SPIKE. When my owner passed away, I was brought to the local animal shelter in Indiana. I was petrified. You see, my whole life of 10 years was spent in a crate in my owner’s home. I was only free of my prison when I went outside to relieve myself. This was the only time I got to see the light of day. After I finished my business, right back in my kennel did I go. Now, all of a sudden, I am in a noisy shelter with all these new sights and unknown people. It broke the shelter worker’s hearts to see me flinch when they would make any movement or try to pet me. Even when I was so scared, I never showed any signs of aggression. Rover Rescue was contacted, along with many other rescues, as the shelter workers recognized what a good boy I am. They knew I deserved to know what love was for the very first time. When my foster mom heard about me, she just knew that she could help! She was so excited to meet me. I knew my life was going to be just fine when I got my very first pup cup on my freedom ride from the shelter. What strides I have made from that first day! I have visited the vet office and was told that I was a very brave patient. It was determined that I am a Boxer Mix and based on my health, the veterinarian would put me between 7 to 9 years old. I weighed in at 60 pounds but could use another 3 to 5 pounds to reach my ideal weight. With my love of treats, that should be no problem. On a side note, I take yummies very gently. I no longer sit in a corner facing the wall, but now am an active participant in the house. I have proven to be housebroken and not destructive in any way. Due to my past, I have not been confined in a crate. However, I can be found curled up for a good snooze in one with the door open. I will now jump on the couch and ask for attention. I may still duck my head at times, but I do love to get pets and to be snuggled. Every day, I am gaining more and more confidence. The other dogs in the house have helped immensely. I love to run and chase and play with them. My foster mom says I am making up for the times I missed as a puppy. She was so thrilled when I picked up my first toy and tried to “kill” it by shaking my head. I am finally being the dog I was meant to be; a happy and loved one. Don’t be surprised if I am nervous when I first meet new people. I can still be timid in new situations. For this reason, I am a better fit for a home with older children or an adult only home. A securely fenced yard is needed so I can stretch my legs and be kept safe. Another doggy friend would be great, but I could also be an only furchild. I am still learning how to walk on a leash. I no longer pancake out flat, but could use some practice with my leash skills. I ride well in the car but will need a booty boost to get in the backseat. I would love to be your travel companion, especially if we go for pup cups! If you are looking to add a sweet member to your family, please call Teri at 630-897-7454. My adoption fee is $150. Adoption fee includes: - microchip - spay/neuter - age appropriate vaccinations: Bordetella, DH(L)PP, rabies - heartworm preventive & flea/tick preventive - deworming