Age: 2 years (est.)
Weight: 56 lbs.
Basset Hound Mix
Hi, my name is Walnut! I recently came to Wisconsin from a high-kill shelter in Texas. The shelter was very scary for me and I am doing better in a home environment. Even that has been a bit scary for me, as it seems my previous owner did not allow me in the home. I am working on a lot of new things and here is more about that:
Walks – I'm doing very well on walks! I am good at staying by my foster parent's side and only pull away if I have to do my business...or maybe smell something extra interesting (I am part basset after all). I do easily get spooked though if someone sneaks up behind us while out walking. I've been fine walking along next to one of the other family dogs as well.
Outside/Potty Breaks – I am learning to go outside to go potty and then come back in. The first night I wanted to stay out there until my family convinced me it was ok to go into the house. I am free to wander the fenced in yard but my leash is kept on to help guide me back in if I get scared. I can hesitate at a threshold, unsure if I should cross through. I have no problem on stairs.
Food – I have no food aggression and I'm curious when the other dogs eat. I am slowly learning about meal time and eating when my food gets put out. Sometimes I need a few minutes to check it out and make sure everything is okay. My dad says I sometimes pause to make sure no one is coming for my food, as if I am used to having it taken away by other hungry animals. In time I should learn to trust all is well.
Sleeping – I am comfortable sleeping on a dog bed of any size! I would probably sleep in a dog crate but because I am shy, my foster parents are afraid I wouldn't want to come out and they are working hard to get me used to living like a regular house pup. So I definitely could be in a crate when alone, or for bed, but I need to work on feeling safe out of one right now. I am a good sleeper though and sleep through the night.
Toys – I have not shown interest in toys and it is likely I didn't previously have any. Hopefully as I get more comfortable with house living, I will start to enjoy being a spoiled pup with toys of my own.
Other animals – My currently family describes me as indifferent to the rest of their dogs, which is consistent with reports about yard time at the shelter. I will smell them and let them smell me without incident. The others have been very accepting, but can get excited when they see other dogs walking by. They will bark and be a bit crazy. When this occurs, I just stop and watch quietly. I don't know what the fuss is about. I am more curious about the oldest cat in the home than in anyone else. She roams freely amongst the dogs and if she meows near me, I will wag my tail to say hello.
Kids – Oh boy, I am kind of scared because they are bouncy and noisy and even though they are well behaved with dogs, I am just not used to small people. I will start to bark when there is commotion and I get anxious. It has only been a few weeks and I am getting more used to it but it would be easier for me if I could have a home with adults only.
Touches – Due to whatever happened in my past, I back away if someone comes at me but if you stand still I will cautiously approach. I may even follow after you when you leave. I shy away from touches that come towards the top of my head initially but if approached from the side I accepts pets and scratches on the cheek and by the ear. After that, I will allow (without flinching) head rubs and general contact. I just need to be approached very calmly so I realize getting pet is a positive thing. I am getting used to foster dad more quickly as he works from home, but sometimes bark at foster mom because I haven't had as much time to get to know her.
Overall, I am looking for an adult only home (or one with older teens) that is quiet and willing to work with a shy guy so I can become more confident and able to do all the regular dog stuff. I need a home with lots of love and patience, and some other confident dogs or cats would probably help me catch on a bit better along the way. If you think I could blossom in your home, please fill out the adoption application under the "Adoption" heading and a volunteer will reach out regarding next steps and further information.