Age: 3 years old (est.)
Weight: 48 lbs.
Oreo is a rescue out of Texas, who lost his home when his owner died. He was living in a very rural area with several other dogs, but little human socialization. Oreo has come a long way since joining BBR, but he still has a ways to go. He is looking for a home with a lot of love and patience, a lifestyle that is set up for his success, and experience working with dogs that have challenges - or at least the determination to learn how to help him grow.
Oreo has been in foster care for 6 months while he was dewormed, underwent heartworm treatment, a dental cleaning and a neuter. He will need to remain on heartworm prevention year round for the rest of his life, as the risk of opting out during the winter months is not a risk worth taking for him. Oreo was initially very scared of his foster parents and skittish as they approached, but did well with their senior dog. He wasn't too shy to do a little counter surfing but took time to figure out where he could comfortably relax. He was nervous about getting pet, so his fosters let him come to them. Despite being not too sure about new people, Oreo was even more stressed when they left. He let them know by rearranging the laundry room. They learned he was much safer and less stressed in a heavy duty crate, and the vet prescribed sedatives if his retired foster parents should need to be gone for a large part of a day.
After a little time, Oreo started willingly coming to his foster mom. She said he is so loving once he decides that someone is ok! But poor foster dad could only touch him if already sitting and by moving very slow. Oreo also got more comfortable with the resident dog and would lay in the same bed with her. He began answering to his name as well. That became helpful when he slipped his collar outdoors, so after that he has been wearing a harness. He also met dog visitors and did well. And he began to sleep at the foot of the bed instead of jumping to the chair when dad approached.
Oreo started taking walks on a leash. And though there was still some pulling, he started to improve. He would regularly poop on his veterinarian's front lawn, just to show he had a sense of humor! :) The sit command did not make much sense but he started to respond to "come" for his foster mom. Oreo got to go camping with his foster family. And he loved the outdoor and he loved the geese in particular. Other campers were intimidating but after a few days he would let the ladies reach out to him. Strange men were very scary, so much so that he'd even inch closer to dad to avoid them. He did get to meet kids and they were very acceptable!
Oreo had a dog sitter a few times when his foster parents had to be away over night and the sitter was a man. The sitter left Oreo with his leash on, being aware that Oreo would need to go in and out potty and probably wouldn't come to him to go out. Oreo would still even climb into his bed spot, as long as the sitter left him be. Then on the next visit, he was able to pet Oreo, give him treats, and even get him in and out with no issues. After that, he even let foster dad scratch him behind the ears a bit. And feed him. And walk him.
Oreo met some grandchildren, and liked the girls ages 7 through 15. They were even able to walk him. But the 13 year old boy was already tall at his age, with a deeper voice, and Oreo was not comfortable with that. In his time at the foster home, Oreo did not express fear by biting at anyone, he was more likely to run away, have an accident in the house, or growl if trapped. He was never dominant with the senior dog, always gentle with her. He would use a few steps going in and out as needed, but never chose to go to the downstairs space in the house - either because the other dog never did or he is not familiar with stairs.
Oreo needs a predominantly female household, and any male resident would have to know Oreo is going to take time and a lot of effort. Oreo has done well with kids. Oreo needs to be secure outdoors, and continue his leash training. He does have separation anxiety so he really needs someone to be home much of the time. Other well adjusted dogs would help Oreo as he is more comfortable with dogs-having originally lived with 7 others. Oreo needs to be in a secure crate when left alone and continued work on gaining his trust and helping him dog more comfortably. Oreo has made great strides in the last 6 months but there will be set backs in a new home so he needs to find a place with people that will love him unconditionally and help him blossom.
If you are interested in learning more about Oreo, please fill out the application found under the "Adoption" heading. Here, you can also learn more about the adoption process and what comes next.