Fabio is a big boy (possibly lab mix w rottie) mix boy at 75 pounds. He is good with other large dogs but plays much too rough for littles. He has done well in his current foster home with many other dogs (again plays very rough) and is very affectionate with his foster mom.
He willingly and happily goes into his crate for a treat and is quiet throughout the night or on rainy days when he can’t be outside.
Fabio is not a fan of men. He did so great at transport greeting all other foster moms and other transporting pups but when he got to the front of the line he stiffened, and side eyed at the touch of the men working transport. He boarded transport but refused to go into the crate for them until foster mom boarded and told him to “get in your bed” whereupon he dove into the crate. We left him in the crate for a time while the other dogs loaded and then we took him back out and the transport manager spent some time giving him treats and petting him. He seemed like he would be alright, but the foster mom decided he still seemed too nervous, and it would be best to give him some more time and he returned to his foster home. Since then, he has spent time meeting several men and spent several days “working” in the field with an archeological crew where they plied him with treats and tried to get him used to having men around, but he still doesn’t trust approaching new men. He will stiffen, lower his head, and roll or side eye.
Fabio would like a home that has experience working with this kind of fear reaction and with a very strong, physical dog. He is very affectionate with his people, but he is in need of behavior training. Fabio walks well on leash, but he is very strong and affectionate so when off leash in the yard he will jump, bounce, and body slam. He loves to play tug of war with other big dogs.
Fabio’s perfect home would have other large dogs and an owner that understands his needs and strength.
Name: Fabio the Fabulous
Breed: Labrador Retriever/Crossbreed
Age: 2 years 11 months (estimated)
Vaccinations: Up to date
Heartworm: Negative on recent testing
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: No
Good with Dogs: Selective
Good with Cats: No
Adoption Fee: $500.00 (includes transport fee when applicable)
Location of dog currently: Memphis TN Texarkana Tx LIttle Rock AR New England
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.