Gary was adopted as a puppy from our rescue. He is a 4 year old big boy weighing 75 pounds. This is from his Dad......"He is very sweet and affectionate and will take every opportunity to cuddle in bed or on the sofa. He has a very expressive face and will smile when he's happy. He prefers rawhides to toys but will chew on his Nylabone when he can. He's a great dog who jumps with excitement every day when I get back from work and will be the perfect companion for anyone who adopts him."
So you may ask why does he have to be re-homed. Gary has without provocation attacked the other dog living in the house. Once notified of this behavior and the guardians wanting to surrender him back to the rescue, we sent Gary for a full medical workup to ensure there were no underlying health issues which would account for the attacks and also had a certified behaviorist do an evaluation. Medically he is fine and here is the evaluation:
"Gary definitely needs to be re-homed. The risk assessment in that house is high. Gary did a high amount of damage with little provocation and little predictability. Even if the family was not expecting a baby within the next few months it would be very difficult to keep both dogs safe and work on behavior modification since, as stated, the provocation for the attack was minimal and hard to predict. When we spoke, the family was willing to keep the dogs separated and foster for the foreseeable future if another foster/adopter was being actively sought.
If Gary can be placed as an only dog, I believe he will be a fine family pet and not be a danger to the community. He is calm, low energy, and sociable with people. He is not reactive to other dogs outside of his home, and actually does still co-exist with his "sister" with the exception of the few very nasty fights meaning, he is not in kill-on-sight mode even with her. I did strongly recommend a full physical with blood work done on Gary, since the behavior change was sudden. It is uncommon for something like this to crop up in two opposite-sex adult dogs who have lived together problem-free since puppyhood. If there is indeed a pain or medical issue that needs to be addressed, it is possible that he could live happily with another dog once he is well. He would need to be reassessed and it's probably better safe than sorry to just place him as an only dog."
We are confident based on conversations with his guardians and the behaviorist, Gary can live out his life safely with the right family. If you believe you are that person, please fill out an adoption application! Our goal is to transition him only one time to his forever home; however, the family will be expecting a baby within a few months and would like Gary re-homed. To this end, we will consider a foster family. Gary will transition to his new home with guidance from a certified behaviorist. The family, the behaviorist and Recycled Love believe Gary can live safely with the right person or family.