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Homer Hound & Labrador Retriever Mix Cincinnati, OH

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
  • Red / Chestnut / Orange , White / Cream

About

Coat length
Short
Health
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.

Meet Homer

Homer makes a first impression as big as that big, beautiful head of his. He goes totally gooey for the attention of any human. Ask him for a “sit” and he’ll also automatically offer his paw for a shake. Picked up as a stray, Homer arrived at our shelter with ears so infected they were practically swollen shut and no doubt very painful—yet he has been patiently tolerating twice-a-day ear drops and cleanings from volunteers. He stands still for his treatment and rolls his eyes up gratefully as we massage and remove years' worth of guck.

There is definitely a sweet, buttery aspect to this guy’s demeanor. At the same time, Homer (and his family-to-be) will clearly benefit from some work on manners. He often gets overexcited and shows his enthusiasm by mouthing at volunteers in an inappropriate, overgrown puppy dog kind of way. Maybe it’s the sheer force of his presence, but somehow he feels like considerably more than his 60 pounds.

Our suspicion is that Homer has been deprived of the kind of close human companionship he so clearly craves, so he’s making up for lost time. Homer has certainly wasted no time in making friends and winning hearts. One of our volunteers has this to say about their first walk together:

“I heard a deep, ferocious sounding bark coming from the end run. I went to find out who this was and found Homer - he melted into wiggles and tail wags. Stepping into his run he rubbed against me and was so happy to meet me. He was well behaved while I got him into his harness and leash, and off we went. Homer is good on leash. He was so sweet, looking up at me as we walked, checking in. It was a beautiful day and the park was packed with people and dogs. Homer greeted every person and dog we passed with tail wags and friendly hellos. He wanted to go to everyone we passed and greet them. He liked the kids and adults we met and all the dogs. A couple dogs growled and he was not reactive and moved on calmly. So many people stopped to pet him and say hello, unable to resist his sweet enthusiasm. Two ladies were jogging, I stepped aside with Homer and they went past us and then saw the longing in his eyes to say hi and his tail wags and stopped and came back and showered him with attention. He gave them his paw and wiggled all over. When they moved on, he looked at me and started bouncing around with pure joy. Homer just soaks up the kindness he receives. He loved the park and was so happy with a spring in his step the whole way. This boy realizes his arrival at STAF means life has changed for the better and is very happy. He was so much fun to be with and his happiness is contagious. I cannot think of a more pleasant way to spend the afternoon than with this boy. Upon return to STAF, he gobbled down treats and dinner and had a big long drink of water. The only time I heard him bark was when he was trying to get my attention when I entered the room when I arrived at STAF. He never barked again, but it makes me smile to think of this big booming voice coming from such a sweet, gentle guy.”

• All of our animals are spayed/neutered and current on shots.
• We do not do same-day adoptions; we ask that you return for a follow-up visit before taking an animal home.
• You must be 21 years or older to adopt from STAF.
• We require a 4-foot-tall physical fence for homes with children under the age of 11. We also may require a physical fence for specific dogs on a case-by-case basis, depending on each dog’s behavior and exercise needs.
• Invisible fences: Due in part to increasing coyote activity/incidents in the area and the difficulty of predicting how a dog will respond to invisible fence training, we cannot adopt to homes with invisible fences unless otherwise noted in a dog’s profile.
• We do request vet and personal references.
• We can facilitate adoptions within a 75-mile radius of our Cincinnati-based shelter.

Please visit www.STAF.org for visiting hours, a downloadable application, and additional information.
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  • Hound
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
  • Red / Chestnut / Orange

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