ADOPTED 12-11-13 – Take a minute or two to enjoy this spectacularly stunning, Purebred Lab and you’ll immediately hear yourself remark, what an absolutely beautiful creature! However, it’s not just an external quality, but something that radiates from deep within Zeus. His foster mom tells us that all Zeus wants to do is please, you can see it in his eyes when he looks at you for direction; he is so intelligent that you almost think he understands English.
Zeus and his sisters were dumped and tossed away to fend for themselves in the woods; we can only imagine how hard it was for them to deal with the thunder, rain and painful hungry bellies. In September on a normal Thursday, a rescue angel was walking her dog in the evening and just happened to catch a glimpse of what she thought at first was a skunk in the edge of the woods near a shelter. When she got closer, she saw three little puppies; sweet Zeus weighed only 18 pounds at that time and was hiding in the woods, frightened of animals that saw him and his sisters as prey. We don’t know how long he lived in the cruel elements but it was long enough for him to learn all about fear which made it was challenging to catch him. Zeus and his sisters were not used to humans or even know that he could trust them, how sad for a baby to not know kindness, comfort or feel the warmth of an embrace of love. Finally, she was able to capture them and get them to the city pens where they could be cared for.
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Zeus is 5 month old purebred male Labrador Retriever; he is 28 lbs and is in excellent health now. He was wormed 5 times, have had all 3 routine DHLP vaccinations, given the Bordetella vaccination, on heart worm prevention and neutered. In order to limit his germ exposure, Zeus spends a lot of time in a large pen. Now that he is fully vaccinated, he is fully protected from all diseases. He has no apparent health problems. He is an easy going guy with moderate energy level, not hyper but rather a shy, laid-back fella.
He is reluctant to come out of his pen for the shelter volunteers, but he LOVES the attention, once he is out! He just snuggles up and lays his head on your shoulder as if to hug you. Zeus is a young puppy with no particular problems that can be molded into almost anything. This means that he is learning to trust and with patience and love, his reluctance will be gone. He is energetic yet he doesn’t jump on his foster mom while she is cleaning his pen.
Zeus is the more hesitant then his sisters but we believe that he has that even-tempered nature; he shares the same crate with is sisters and has no dominance issues. We haven’t let him around the other dogs yet, because of the germ exposure but they all eat together with no problems. He would do well with another dog in the home; however, if someone is home a lot or works from home and gives him lots of exercise and attention, he will love that too.
He had some exposure to children and showed no problems of being with them. Angye is 8 years old and she is put in charge of entertaining Zeus, he loves her company. Two other children, ages 6 & 8 walk him on leash with no difficulty. We believe that he will do fine with children as long as his family understands that all dogs and children need rules, guidance and have a clear understanding that it is the human adult that is responsible for keeping the children, as well as the dog, safe and under regular supervision.
We don’t know how he is with cats but he is still a puppy but we can’t image that he would have a problem as long as he is given the right guidance from his family, we are sure he will do well. We don’t know how he is in the car or crate but he is young enough to learn. He is good on the leash but still needs some work.
The perfect home for Zeus would be one where he could be raised with children, a fenced in yard would be great but not necessary as long as his new family exercises him every day. He can adapt to almost any circumstance, however, he is still a baby and is being introduced to so many new things, so he may take a bit of time to adjust—his new family must understand that. Our rescued dogs have endured more transitions and unknowns than they should have, and it is our duty to give them our very best. Lots of room to run and exercise and ZEUS will thrive with purposefully focused walks, a fun-loving demeanor and a playful personality that includes lots of sustained stamina though he is a gentle boy, eager to be MANS BEST FRIEND. Zeus is a once in a life time find so don’t wait long to fill out your application.
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