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RYAN REYNOLDS- NEEDS SPONSORS! Labrador Retriever & Australian Shepherd Mix Redmond, WA

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium


Spayed / neutered, special needs.
Good in a home with
Other dogs, children.
Prefers a home without

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Ryan is likely to remain a "resident" of Motley Zoo, rather than be adopted as he's been looking for his home for 3 years. This is ok with us as we love him and know how to care for him, but as he is likely to remain indefinitely, he needs support with his food and veterinary care, long-term.

We are seeking sponsors for his ongoing care so we can provide him the best life possible, even if he will be a Roadie forever.

Sponsor this precious boy, here:


NAME: Ryan Reynolds

AGE/GENDER: born 7/29/2020, Male

BREED: Labrador Retriever and Australian Shepherd


TEMPERAMENT: Playful and mischievous
WEIGHT: 50ish lbs
HOUSE TRAINING: Due to his special needs, he is slightly mentally delayed so he will need a consistent schedule with multiple opportunities daily to go outside.
CRATE TRAINING: Good. He sleeps in his crate and is crated when not supervised. He also eats in his crate and expects you to feed him promptly once he's in his crate.
OTHER DOGS: Good. Ryan does well with dogs he knows but can sometimes get overwhelmed and sensitive, so needs to be monitored and calmed before he gets overloaded. No small dogs, as he cannot differentiate his play style with large dogs versus small.
CATS: He's a bit of a cat chaser. Continued socialization will be important.
CHILDREN: Dog-respectful children, 12 and older

HEALTH: Ryan Reynolds does have some developmental delays due to early trauma (see history below). He has some lasting physical effects as well as mental effects, but he is a mobile guy. He has some depth perception issues. He is neutered, microchipped, flea treated, and dewormed. Your adoption donation goes toward the cost of this vet care as well as transportation and general care costs.

HISTORY: Ryan Reynolds came to us after his mother attacked him and his litter mates. Thankfully Ryan Reynolds survived, but not without physical injury and subsequent developmental delays, similar to shaken baby syndrome. Motley Zoo Animal Rescue was asked to find him a great forever family and that is exactly what we plan to do!

NOTES FROM FOSTER HOME: Ryan Reynolds is developmentally delayed and has some fear issues. He LOVES his schedule and has a hard time adjusting to new things but he will adjust. He does, however, have brain trauma so will be different than your average dog. He is loving and affectionate in his own way, but he cannot be cuddled as he can be sensitive to touch. However, he is starting to hit you with his paw for attention and does love to be pet. He knows his name and he knows simple basic commands such as sit.

He loves food and while he may not get the cues, commands, tricks you're asking of him, it's not for lack of effort. He should wear a sign that says Will Work For Food. He will even eat his veggies! The more you work with him, the more he will get but will be a little bit slower on the pickup. Neuro puppies tend to be hypersensitive so they tend to over exaggerate things/emotions. So fear can be intensified and distressed when his schedule changes. For example he loves to ride in the car but he has to be in a crate and when he exits the crate he will not jump out straight out when the door is opened, but rather has to walk cross to his "spot" to jump down.

He really loves eating from puzzle feeders, like Kong wobblers and the like. It's great fun for him. Want to entertain him without much effort? Throw a Kong wobbler at him and you'll hear him knocking that thing around all over the place. He is very loving but not very cuddly and will give kisses (but may not always hit the mark). Lack of depth perception, so he may lick your nose one time, your ear at another time, and your eye the next. He is getting used to being held and hugged but can panic at being restrained (hugged) for too long. He loves to walk but may not always in a straight line. He is a wonderful silly and sweet little boy with just some little quirks. He has a permanent head tilt so will always look at you, like he's very curious and interested in what you have to say, hanging onto your every word (which he may just be feigning interest very well).

All dogs adopted from Motley Zoo come with a leash and either a Martingale collar or a harness, depending on each dog's particular needs.


Welcome to Motley Zoo Animal Rescue. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization that is run entirely by volunteers. Motley Zoo does not have a brick and mortar shelter location. Instead, all our rescue animals are cared for in private foster homes where the animals receive one-on-one care and attention in a home environment until permanent placement is found. Please email and request an adoption application and we will work toward approving you as an adopter with our rescue so that we can set a time for you to meet!

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Thank you for considering adopting a dog in need!


The Motley Zoo Crew 11/29/23 6:37 PM

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