Meet Cae (Courtesy Listing-Dog is NOT at the Shelter)
"Alcaeus, or Cae (pronounced Cai), is a greek name meaning “strength”, and he is that and then some and due to this, and behavioral considerations he is not the dog for a beginner. Cae is an 80 lb bully breed born in 2016, neutered and microchipped. This dog will try his heart out for his person but he won’t give his heart up immediately. Cae has been severely mistreated in the past and has hearing loss because of head trauma – he is not deaf by any means, but his hearing is slightly diminished which makes hand signals a more clear route for obedience cueing. Due to the mistreatment, Cae also has a traumatic brain injury that makes impulse control very difficult for him (he is not at all slow intellectually, but rather, altered). This is why cats and other small or stock animals are not safe around him. This dog has had an extremely difficult life up until he found rescue and he is really just a big puppy who wants to know that he is safe and he is loved – and that’s exactly what he will have for the rest of his life, which brings us to you. He needs someone who is also strong, firm and loving, willing to set boundaries, and capable of exercising him regularly. He walks or runs next to a four wheeler 4 times a week, minimum. Exercise is very important to him and helps him to focus his distractability/impulses. This dog would accel with a job as he is extremely driven and could greatly benefit from continued training to keep his mind stimulated, although it wouldn’t be necessary as he has great house manners. He is very trainable and loves to work with his human. He MUST be the only animal in the house (he could probably tolerate a goldfish safely). Cae has fabulous house manners, is crate trained and potty trained – it seems like he can hold his bladder forever. He loves to snuggle on the couch or go for a walk or hike. He has never offered to jump or climb a fence but is capable of getting through a low-quality chain link kennel if he sees something (a cat) he wants to chase. Cae is NOT good with cats, horses or livestock of any kind, or chickens and he is picky about other dogs (he wears a muzzle around other animals). He has gone through extensive training to be able to pass by cats on a walk without dragging his person to hulk-smash the cat. This is worth saying more than once… Cae is really not good with cats. He has fabulous leash manners for someone who’s willing to remind him if he starts to pull (he knows when he can be naughty with someone). He is walked with a gentle leader. Cae would not hesitate to protect his person if need be. He’s extremely loyal. His cues include the following: sit, down, come, crawl, no, wait, ok, kennel. Cae is very good with respectful children – but he's not what I would call a kid's dog. Due to the chaos and distractibility that comes with having children in the house he should go to a home that doesn’t have kids. He takes joint supplements due to his large size and slightly iffy hips and is on a very clean, high quality kibble along with raw meat in the evenings – you must be willing to continue this. You will need to have a fenced yard and no other animals or kids, sign a contract, and pay the $150 adoption fee in order to adopt Cae. You won’t regret the effort. Cae is located in Dillon, MT, with 11th House Rescue, Inc.
Contact Ali at 860-336-7555 or email@example.com . Your interest is appreciated."