Wylie (ADOPTED!) is a very sweet, calm, easy going, 8 year old male, who weighs approximately 57 lbs. He is half catahoula leopard dog. Our boy is very social with all people and all dogs. He has been a lovely pet for a young family, but they were just too busy for him. Wylie was living in a home with two children, ages 2 and 4, a Pomeranian dog and two cats, who loved rubbing up against him. When introduced to 2 cats at his foster home, he was fine with them, if they remained still. If they ran, he would run, too, and chase. As with any dog, he just needs a loving home, where his people have the time to interact with him, take him for walks, involve him in their everyday activities, and give him the mental and physical stimulation that he needs. Wylie is an extremely loving, loyal boy, who wants to please his family. He is NOT a dominant or alpha dog, and looks for your lead and direction. If he understands what you want, he will try to do it. He learns and trains easily, and is up for being a part of any activity you are involved with. Wylie is also housebroken.
He loves going for walks on a leash, but needs some running to get enough exercise each day. Wylie loves to run and play with other dogs and with children. He also is big on playing fetch (with a ball or stick), or just going hiking or on an adventure with his person. Before his person had children, and had time for Wylie, one boy adored sitting next to his person on rides in the truck, going out on a boat, and running around a ranch. While Wylie can be playful when outside, when in the house, he is calm and knows how to relax.
Wylie has not been a big barker, but he will do so when he is excitedly playing, or in anticipation of a fun activity. After being alone all day, when Wylie's people come home or finally let him inside, he may also bark out of sheer joy. And, if someone is approaching or outside the house, Wylie will also let out a bark to alert you that someone is coming.
This dog would do very well in a multiple pet home situation, where he can play and have the companionship of adults, children, dogs and cats. Wylie is a bright boy and if with other dogs, he will learn by their example. We are seeking a new home for Wylie, where he can get the love, attention and activity he craves and deserves. He would do best in a situation where his person, either, works from home, has a ranch/farm, or is retired and wants a companion to share his/her life with Wylie.
We have had a lot of interest in Wylie, but have recently learned that, due to the neglect that he has experienced, he has developed a few personality traits that require him to be - at least in the beginning, until he feels secure and included again - in a home where someone can be with him, or take him along, throughout most of the day. If left alone outside, after several minutes, he will decide he has been abandoned and will seek ways to leave his property in search of playmates, and something to do. If left alone, he will jump a fence or dig out under it. He does NOT like being in a crate, especially if left alone in one. Wylie would NOT do well in an apartment situation or one where he is left alone for hours during the work week.
Wylie is a wonderful boy who is just a love. He just needs people who have the time, patience, and commitment to help him to realize that everything he craves and seeks can be found at home. We feel sure that once he learns that he is a fully included part of a family, he will stop trying to wander off in search of company and entertainment.