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Mowgli Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler Leominster, MA
- Red / Chestnut / Orange
- , Friendly, Affectionate
- Coat length
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
- Prefers a home without
- Other dogs, children.
- Adoption fee
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At least, I think that is my last name. I keep hearing my foster mom say it. She said it fits me because it’s how I handle all aspects of my life, I go full speed ahead into all situations. Look out if you’re in my way!
Hi, Mowgli’s foster mom here. Mo doesn’t quite realize how big (55+ lbs) or how strong he is. He thinks he’s a lap dog and will walk on you if you are sitting or laying down. Ouch! It’s only because he is very Velcro (typical cattle dog) and just wants to be with his person in a big way. He’s finally learning a little restraint though it still takes me putting a hand on his chest and saying easy/gentle to slow him down.
It might sound like he’s high energy but surprise, he’s not! Mo is actually low energy at 7 1/2 years old and is happy with leashed walks/hikes. He needs to lose about 5 pounds (shhh, you didn’t hear that from me) so low impact exercise is best. He will take a little dip in water to cool off, but so far he has not shown interest in swimming. Mo is also great in the car and happily sits in the backseat.
Mo loves his person and freely gives lots of kisses. He can be aloof with strangers unless they scratch his butt, then they’re friends for life. In the house, he will just snooze away while his person works. He’s not a barker, except at dogs he does not recognize if they walk pass. He’s crate trained but has only spent a few hours at a time in one. He’s housebroken. The only thing he likes to tear apart, or carry around, is his fluffy bed. He thinks it’s a giant stuffed animal.
Mo gets excitable on leash when seeing other dogs. I have been able to divert his attention by putting him in a sit and giving treats. He is highly food motivated. This only works if the other dog is not too close. He still can’t walk past a close dog without trying to get to it. I don’t feel this is aggression, just frustration for not being able to sniff the dog, but the energy he gives off could possibly start a fight. What I have discovered that works very well for Mo is meeting a dog through a chain link fence. It gives the dogs the opportunity to meet safely without frustration. He runs up to the fence, they nose greet, run back and forth playfully a few times, and then Mo loses interest and walks away. I’ve only allowed him to do this with dogs that are properly socialized. Once he’s greeted a dog this way, he has no reaction towards them on leash. He would do best with a slow one-on-one introduction with a properly socialized, non-reactive, laid back dog. He can NOT be brought to a dog park or any off leash area as there’s a high possibility his insecurity could start a fight. He feeds off other dogs’ energy.
Mo has been muzzle trained, though he hasn’t had need for it. I don’t bring him places where there are dogs packed closely together. But going to places like a vet’s office, I do use a muzzle. Better safe than sorry.
Mowgli needs to go to an adult-only home with no other animals. He currently lives with a female cattle dog who is very laid back and non-reactive. Even though they live together peacefully, it’s obvious he wants all his human’s attention for himself. He can get grumpy if he shares close space with the other dog. He has a high prey drive, so no cats or other small animals. His ideal living situation would be in a quiet neighborhood, preferably without a lot of noise or children running around. Their sudden movements and screams can unsettle him. This is not a city dog, the suburbs or rural areas would make him happiest.
Mowgli requires an adopter with prior ACD (preferred) or herding breed experience or at least knowledge and understanding of herding breeds. Adopter needs to live within driving distance to meet Mowgli in MA prior to adoption. He needs to meet all family members as he can be people specific.
Mowgli is neutered, up to date on vaccines, current on heartworm and flea/tick prevention, and is microchipped.
For more updates, photos, and videos, please visit my foster page at https://www.facebook.com/MeetMyRescueFosters.
Mowgli is being fostered in Massachusetts.
Questions? Email email@example.com
If you think Mowgli would make a great addition to your family, complete an application here: https://www.acdra.org/adoption-application
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