And then a Handsome* Man walked into town…. And it was Insley!
*OK, “handsome” is a bit of an exaggeration for how Insley looked when we found him, but look at him now!
Insley is a 1 year old (ish) 48 pound mixed breed wonder. We assume he is a pittie mix, but that is only a guess. His foster says she thinks he could be a pointer mix. Either way, he’s a lovely custom blend. He was found hanging out with a friend outside the business of a friend in Memphis, TN. After weeks of feeding the pair, she was able to convince them to come inside, and she got on the phone to us. We took one look, and knew he was a PAWS dog.
Insley’s friend was healthy, but Insley was a mess. He was severely underweight and covered in dermodex mange. This meant he had major hair loss and open sores. Strays with mange have an even smaller chance of being rescued by random people because the condition, although not deadly, looks really scary. As you can see from the pictures, that was then and this is now! A whole lot of medicated baths and some medication to ward off other infections related to the open sores, and he was looking like the handsome boy you see here. He also had three types of intestinal worms but, luckily, he did not have heartworms. The other types are far easier to evict from a dog’s body. Meds sent them packing.
Insley’s foster family says he loves other dogs. They run and play and even splash in the kiddie pool together. Insley doesn’t resource guard toys and actually prefers to run with other dogs than play with toys at all.
This boy has a good disposition, but he is very young and jumpy. He needs work on impulse control when it comes to interacting with people. He’s not a biter, but he will jump up with excitement until he is trained not to do so. He is very treat motivated, so we don’t imagine he will be difficult to train. We recommend adopters take their dogs through Basic Obedience anyway. Even experienced dog owners benefit from those sessions as they help establish a bond with the dog and help to clearly set boundaries and expectations in terms of behavior. We recommend children 10 and older, with some experience with dogs and knowledge of how to be respectful of them.
Insley passed his initial cat test, was curious and cautious.
Insley is currently crate trained. He goes in willingly but expects a treat as payment. He sleeps in his crate all night (after he has gotten his bedtime treat). He is quiet in his crate and keeps it clean and dry. If he starts whining or barking in his crate, he isn’t being bad. He’s telling you Nature is calling, and it is calling loudly. This is his sign he needs to go out. He is not yet ready, according to his foster, to be allowed to free roam the house while no one is there. He still needs to be told what is his to chew on and what is not for him.
Insley does not currently enjoy car rides. He needs to be put in the car, and he freezes while he is riding. He doesn’t get sick or use the bathroom in the car, but he wants OUT as soon as he is in and for the whole journey. When the ride is over, he gets out of the car as fast as he can. While he isn’t a “flight risk” in other situations, he needs to be leashed before the car doors open, and he needs someone to be in control so he doesn’t dash out of the car and run away. This is critically important in any new environment which is unfamiliar to him.
Insley is also going to need patient instruction on how to politely walk on a leash. The leash is a new thing, and he is currently a puller. He doesn’t seem overly hostile about it; we think he just doesn’t really get why he has to wear it. Work gently and kindly with him, and he should become an excellent walking buddy.
Check out the photos and videos here to fall in love with this handsome stranger!
Check out his videos:
1). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ6QyXTGqek&t=9s Roy and Insley
2). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3USWtfUOJ8U Pup and Insley Play
3). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP6rBy-iv_s&t=59s Insley, Rouge, Pup, and Lyla play
4). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmVHN7RyF3o&t=31s Insley, TK, Lyla, Pup, Ralphie
5). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGDRLCW1pCM Insley and Pup Share
Breed: Pit Bull Terrier Mix
Age:1-2 years (estimated)
Weight: 48 pounds
Vaccinations: Up to date
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: Insley has NOT been with kids. I suggest 10 up cause of size and exuberance. Based on temperament and age, I think he will do well with children.
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Passed initial cat test. Does not live with cats.
Adoption Fee: $475.00
IMPORTANT INFORMATION -
Paws New England is a foster-based rescue - our dogs reside in various locations throughout the south and New England.
Adoption donations cover pre-adoption vet costs (including vaccinations, spay/neuter when age appropriate, and heartworm testing/treatment when necessary), a microchip, and transportation to New England if necessary.
Donations for our young, healthy puppies and dogs support their fellow canines of advanced age or suffering from injuries and abuse whose donations are reduced but whose veterinary costs are typically much higher. We appreciate your understanding that your newly adopted dog will help others in need.