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Bentley Chihuahua & Pug Mix Catharpin, VA
- Spayed / neutered.
I am Terri, Bentley’s foster mom. I’ve had him for a few months now and he’s come a long way. He is a very loving boy and a cuddle bug. He’s a happy, silly boy who loves people. I have not seen him with cats. He gets along great with my 2 small dogs. He is not an alpha dog, he always lets mine eat first and then takes his turn. There are no food or toy guarding issues.
He loves to sleep right next to you and keep you warm on a cold night, and he insists on being under the covers always. He is great on the leash and also loves to run around in the back yard. Likes to play fetch and loves his toys. He will bark at new people who come into the home, but he wags his tail while doing so which tells me he is happy to see visitors, but also wants to guard his people. He’ll lick new people’s hand, wag his tail, and then bark again, as he’s still learning that no one wishes him harm. I have never seen him bark in a threatening way, bare his teeth, or growl at anyone. Generally, he is a little lover.
He needs regular bathing and brushing to keep his shedding to a minimum.
He is not 100% housebroken, but he’s doing very well. I suspect he was in a situation where the family did not have time to train him properly, as he came to me not house broken. If I leave the house, I put a doggie diaper on him - a comfortable belly band that I’ll pass on to the adopter. Most of the time, the belly band is clean when I take it off, but 1 out of 10 times it will be full, so I’m glad I keep it on him! As a male dog, he will mark his territory in a new place so that’s when you really want to keep it on him.
I’ve fostered dogs for a few years now and my advice to you is to expect accidents whenever you adopt a new dog from a fostering situation. They are confused and heartbroken at first until they learn that this is their safe, new home and you are their new people. Your home has it’s own unique schedule, smells, foot traffic, rhythm, etc. - all different from mine, so any dog will need time and patience from you.
Bentley will be a terrific addition to the right family. He’s very healthy. He’s energetic and playful, but also a couch potato who wants to be right on you or next to you when you sit down in a comfy chair!
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