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    Shakespeare 2

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    Entered: 07/30/2017
    Status: Available
    Age: 6
    Color: Liver/White
    Weight: 48 lbs.
    Gender: Altered Male
    Location: Dumfries, VA
    Health: UTD, HW-, benefiting from medication for anxiety, allergy to dust and dust mites being addressed by a grain-free diet
    Temperament: Good with adults, good with children ages 12 and up who respect a dog's space, good with dogs but seems to prefer females and could also be an "only" dog, good with cats,

    Shakespeare 2's Story . . .

    Update 11/16/2017:  “He was started on an anxiety medication that really made him happier with the world.“
    Shakespeare returned to MAESSR after some personality clashes with his adopter.  He would try to guard the wife from the husband, etc.  After a good faith period to adjust, the situation did not appear to be getting any better so Shakespeare once again settled into foster care.
    With his return Shakespeare went to a different foster home to get further evaluation of his temperament.  He was started on an anxiety medication that really made him happier with the world.  His new adopter will be required to keep Shakespeare on the anxiety medication for a minimum of six months after adoption.
    Shakespeare continues on a grain-free diet.  It may give him just the edge he needs to keep allergies at bay. 
    He’s good with the other dogs in his foster home, but was used to being an “only child” in his surrendering home; he could likely be content in a home without other dogs.  If sharing a home with another canine, Shakespeare’s foster mom thinks he would prefer the companionship of a female. 
    Oh so characteristic of his breed, Shakespeare learns quickly.  He is also more comfortable with older children than little people.  His foster mom is thinking that, if there are children in an adopting home, they should be at least 12 years old and dog-savvy in the sense that they respect a dog’s space.  Teens and/or only adults in his home could be a good match for this wonderful boy too; all the more attention for him!
    Keep an eye on this sweet boy while his evaluation continues.

    Original:  "A Velcro boy and couch potato, Shakespeare is happy just being with his people."

    Shakespeare became a MAESSR boy due to his reactions to changes in his Virginia family.  He was not doing well with the two year old toddler who had taken over his number one dog place.  The stress of this child made Shakespeare run and hide.  Although he never bit and was not otherwise aggressive, Shakespeare would grumble and bare his teeth in warning when the toddler would not leave him alone.  To complicate matters more, the family was expecting another baby soon.  They felt it best to relinquish Shakespeare to MAESSR where a baby and toddler-free forever home could be found for him.
    A Velcro boy and couch potato, Shakespeare is happy just being with his people.  He barks and may jump on a stranger, but holding him by your side makes him feel safe.  Then, he is fine with the new person.  Although he disliked the persistent chasing of his toddler, he is good with children five years and older who will play ball with him.  On the four legged end of the spectrum, Shakespeare is fine with other dogs once he gets to know them.  Cats are no problem with this good boy!
    Housetrained and reliable, Shakespeare has the run of the house and can stay alone all day. When he needs to go outside, he signals by standing by the door. He sleeps in a doggie bed in the bedroom with his foster parents.  A bit Puckish at times, Shakespeare will steal the toilet paper roll and turn over the trash can to get food.  He needs to learn that counter-surfing is a No No.  On the positive side, he is not a digger and he doesn’t chew on anything inappropriate.  He does not guard his food either.  Although he will run at his foster parents’ farm, he does not particularly like this exercise.  Instead, he loves to swim or just lie in the water.  His paws are a little soft from not a lot of exercise.
    Like his namesake, Shakespeare is very smart.  He knows the commands ”shake,” “play dead,” “come,” and “find it” and waits until his person says it is OK for him to eat his food.  He walks well on a leash and is good in the car.
    Overall, Shakespeare is a healthy boy who just has a little anxiety.  If he becomes nervous over something new, he scratches his ear or chews his paw.  He is given an over the counter anti-itch medication and this manages both the itch and his stress.  It was reported that he has allergies to dust and dust mites and that he has had yeast infections in his ears in the past.  Currently, he is on a grain-free diet.  Reportedly, he needs to be muzzled at the vet to have his ears cleaned.  He is fine with shots, grooming and nail clipping, though.   
    Shakespeare is the perfect dog for a family with older children.  A low-maintenance Springer, Shakespeare likes to please.  Can this sweet boy find a permanent role with your family?  He will steal your hearts as well as the show!