ADOPTED 07/24/10 – Meet SLAPSHOT, an approximately 14-15 month old absolute LOVE of a Catahoula/Aussie Cattle dog mix whom Randy, our esteemed and devoted trainer, found walking in the woods while with a pack of our rescued dogs on their daily jaunt. This adorable dog, FULL OF PERSONALITY and GORGEOUS LOOKS, has firmly planted himself RIGHT INTO RANDY’S HEART and can’t help but steal everyone’s smile with his cute and playful streak! Incredibly bright and very affectionate, SLAPSHOT is looking for that perfect home where he will be cherished and savored for the remarkable dog he so clearly is: STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL and WITH THE AWESOME DEMEANOR and DISPOSITION one craves in a four-legged companion! SLAPSHOT is now being lovingly fostered on a very spacious horse farm in New York, on the Connecticut border, where he is being tended to by VERY SEASONED fosters who have so much experience and knowledge. And they have been enjoying SLAPSHOT tremendously, and it’s surely a reciprocal love-fest if we know this dog at all. He just loves life, and EVERYONE in IT!
CHECK OUT SLAPSHOT’S VIDEO: Video #1
Slapshot’s got a wonderfully insatiable drive to engage in life, and according his foster home, SLAPSHOT is “One incredible dog. A special, special dog,” and they “hope that the perfect family finds this one!” We’re not surprised because that’s what we saw in SLAPSHOT, too when he was with us down South. His foster home also reports, “There is not a single thing that we can possibly think of to complain about. He is so sweet, so gentle, so kind… My daughter who is almost four years old has been all over him, and that dog just licks her and plays with her, and I trust him implicitly already. His manners are beyond compare – he has jumped up on me maybe once or twice first thing in the morning when he sees me, and gets down immediately when corrected. He is off the leash, and wouldn’t dream of wandering away. He has his fits of energy, and races all over the place, and then immediately comes back to check on where I am. He plays with anything we throw for him, and is incredibly gentle and willing to give the toys back to us when asked. No problems with food – we feed all of our dogs together in the same room, and he just quietly eats his meal and doesn’t bother anyone else. He is also perfectly fine with cats. Our two barn cats have rubbed up against him, wandered past him, have swiped at him, and he doesn’t do a thing. He will chase them if they run, but I do not think that he would harm a hair on their heads. He is great with all of our dogs; our own and our clients’. He proved himself today beautifully – we had a particularly annoying and spoiled little dog that came to the farm today, and this little dog jumped all over poor SLAPSHOT, biting at his face and yapping, and SLAPSHOT just turned away from the the dog and was done with her. It was a perfect opportunity for him to snap or growl or something, but he did not do a thing. What more can I say? This is the PERFECT dog, and I must say that if I didn’t already have my two dogs, this is a dog I’d take in an instant. I would highly recommend that this dog goes to a home with kids. He will be an incredible family pet. He loves kids, and would feed off of their energy. Better if it is a home with people who are around more often than gone, but he would not likely chew on the furniture or have any real separation anxiety when left. He would probably also do well with another dog as a companion.”
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The Catahoula is considered a Louisiana dog, thought to have been brought to the state by Hernando de Soto in the 16th century and left to interbred with the local domestic dogs, resulting in the most spectacular mottled merle colored dog full of intellect, ability and agility. In fact, the Catahoula was later designated as the state’s official breed in 1979 by then Governor Edwin Edwards. As the story goes, the name Catahoula is derived from two Choctaw Indian words: “okhata” which means lake, and “hullo” which translates to BELOVED. And Slapshot is BELOVED by everyone he encounters . . . that’s for sure! It’s even been noted that President Theodore Roosevelt was so taken with this breed that he preferred to hunt with Catahoula, and that the Louisiana Governor Earl Long slept with a pair at the foot of his bed. And now, Centenary College of Louisiana even elected the Catahoula to be their school’s mascot! This breed is simply adored everywhere, and always has been — for good reason, too!
This single-coated, lean and muscled 65 pound dog requires minimal grooming, and is such a stellar dog to have around the mix. Take one look at his phenomenally haunting eyes, one a steel gray color, and the other chocolate brown, and you’ll know he’s looking straight into your heart, piercing every barrier you might have erected over the years! Slapshot is just too smart to do otherwise, so if you’ve got something to hide, or not enough love to give . . . be forewarned: THIS IS NOT THE DOG FOR YOU! SLAPSHOT WILL BE ABLE TO READ YOUR INTENTIONS IN A HEARTBEAT! This dog just doesn’t miss anything, according to his trainer who says he has a PhD (Perfectly Happy Dog) — so just call him Dr. Slapshot as he hopes to take aim STRAIGHT INTO YOUR HEART. Laughingly, Randy shares a story that he was napping by the lake with SLAPSHOT by his side when one of the balls in his pocket rolled out and past the dog as he lay next to him. Without as much as a quick lurch to get the ball as it rolled by, Slapshot went immediately back to sleep with the ball in his mouth, no worse for wear and contented at a job well done!
Known to be an EXCELLENT FAMILY DOG, SLAPSHOT loves kids, is extremely BRIGHT and LOVES TO RUN, PLAY, SWIM and BE LOVED! Slapshot is excellent with other dogs and even tolerates cats quite well Hes easily re-direct able, will require daily exercise and preferably long walks and the ability to run in a fenced in area and be the spectacular dog he’s wired to be, naturally. It’s been said that, “owning a Catahoula, one is acutely aware that there is a dog in the house!” That said, he’s not the kind of dog that will tolerate isolation well, and wants to be an active part of the home, and needs his people and something to do. Slapshot is so intelligent that his ideal home will allow him constant mental stimulation and attention.
SLAPSHOT loves to SWIM and retrieve. His very webbed feet help him navigate the water and help him be a superb swimmer! This dog’s predominantly white slick short coat with merle patches that lies closely to his body dries so rapidly as to make swimming a fun endeavor and not a chore to clean up after as it is with the longer, double-coated breeds. Referred to as a “wash-n-wear” coat, SLAPSHOT’S beautifully merle patterned coat is so pleasing to the eye. He is quite simply so fun, and loving on every level– and in many ways very easy! For sure, it’s easy to FALL IN LOVE with this special dog! Oh, and he’s a master Frisbee catcher and can have 2 to three tennis balls in his mouth at a time. He simply loves to swim and search for rogue floating tennis balls, happily and gleefully trying to put all of them in his mouth and at the SAME TIME figure out how to grab a sip of water in between. He manages to do it all, too, so don’t think you can pull the wool over this smart dog’s eyes! And you wouldn’t want to, anyway! SLAPSHOT IS JUST THAT SPECIAL! About 65 pounds of complete love, this very alert and bright dog will make a fabulous companion for the right family.
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These dogs deserve all of our attention, and in Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc., we are committed to our adopters and our dogs equally. We offer full disclosure and hope to make the best matches possible. Please know our adoption fees never cover our expenses. We rely on the generosity of our adopters and supporters to help us help the dogs.
Our rescue is ONLY in the business of offering FULL DISCLOSURE to adopters, and expects and hopes to engage your questions and concerns fully. We owe it to the dogs we rescue and all the wonderful families/adopters who might consider welcoming our charges into their hearts and home. Our dogs are waiting for that ideal forever home where they will be cherished as deserving family members. Its sad these second chances are even necessary for these dogs, but we are committed to them and will devote the time and energy to their rehoming, and not just MOVE them to save more dogs. We diligently and responsibly seek good matches as we dont want to re-home the dog again. These animals have already endured more than they should have, and through no fault of their own. It behooves us to be honest and forthright, and we appreciate the same in return from applicants. Its that winning combination of reciprocal trust and respect that allows for successful placements to be made. Happy adopters translate to happy dogs, and thats our goal!
Our rescue volunteers will be more than honored to be in touch with you directly and promptly, after receiving your application and conducting a mandatory a veterinarian check. If you have never owned a dog before, please submit your application regardless, and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible. TAKE NOTE YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR SPAM AS SOME RESPONSES FROM US WIND UP THERE WEVE DISCOVERED. Also, take care to contact your veterinarian to let them know a member of rescue will be inquiring about your pet history!
Thank you for respecting that we all donate our time to saving these animals, and understand we value your philanthropic and compassionate desire to help be part of the rescue team. That said, youll understand why we are committed to the well-being of our charges and consider this veterinarian check mandatory. If you are a first-time dog owner, we will work with you every step of the way! ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION ARE AS MUCH A PART OF RESPONSIBLE RESCUE AS ADOPTION! And it takes a RESCUE VILLAGE to help the most dogs possible in a thorough manner to ensure success on all fronts, and then some! It is an awful feeling to fail a dog, and we cant continue rescue if we dont do everything we can to ensure good matches for the dogs and tender families who might adopt them. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.
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