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Taz 2

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Entered: 08/05/2014
Status: Adopted
Age: 9 Months
Color: Black/White
Weight: 31 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Aston, PA
Health: UTD, HW-, healthy and happy
Temperament: Good with adults, good with children though he might knock over a toddler in excitement, good with
Temp. Cont.: dogs, good with cats who stand their ground

Taz 2's Story . . .
Original: “This young pup already has learned the proper way to greet folks and that “sitting'” with adoring eyes is the best way to get his people to pet him.”

Taz is a sweet Springer/Cocker cross who came to MAESSR after growing up in North Carolina in an outside pen.  He loved the attention that the family’s nieces and nephews gave him when they visited; however, his family felt they didn’t have enough time for this sweet boy.
Although there are no cats in his foster home, Taz had previously met a dog friendly cat and they were fine together.  Taz is openly friendly to dogs, appropriately reading their body language and thoroughly enjoying their company.  He enjoys sharing a rug with a resident 2-year-old female Afghan and respects the pack status of the older Afghan male and the male terrier. 

Taz has had very little training but will come when called and was trusted off leash in his former home.  His leash manners are coming along and in his current foster home, he took about 20 seconds to learn to “sit” for a treat.  What a good boy!  Please note that MAESSR only places puppies in homes that are committed to training and bonding with the pup in obedience classes. Puppies require a lot of care, attention, and patience, and they do chew on things! The decision to get a puppy and raise it to be a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted dog is a serious commitment. To reinforce this commitment, MAESSR requires all adopters of dogs under 1 year old to enroll their puppy in obedience classes within 60 days of adoption.  Taz will be a good student.  This young pup already has learned the proper way to greet folks and that “sitting'” with adoring eyes is the best way to get his people to pet him.
With no fear of any new situations, Taz thinks that car rides are fun, as is brushing.  He loves to play and his favorite toys are soft ones he can play tug with if there's another dog around.  He'll drop a toy for fetching if his foster family is interested in tossing the ball for him.  He has a soft mouth and has only chewed the bones he was given.  Taz has shown that he is housetrained and he crates quietly at night.   Since he's still a pup, his foster folks crate him while they're out, just to make sure he stays out of trouble.  Taz is fed separately from the residents because he eats so quickly but he has no issues with the resident dogs being around while he is feeding.
Taz doesn't live up to his Tasmanian Devil name at all; with quiet house manners, he flops on a rug or bare floor while his foster mom works.  He does not counter-surf or bother the trash can.  Woo-hoo!  Outside, he loves to play with the resident female.  They play tug, chase, keep-away, or sometimes a little leg nibbling for fun.    After a brief grumble by one of the older male dogs in his foster home, he hasn’t’ tried to engage them in play, but has no fear of them either.  His foster mom was hurting herself with laughter on Taz's second day in foster care.  When she threw a toy, the resident female ran after it and Taz just leaped OVER the dignified 10 year-old-Afghan male, who was standing in his way.  Not missing a beat after this tremendous jump, Taz tore off after his female playmate!  You can sweep your floors with this happy guy's tail just by having him sit and talking to him nicely.  The only noise his foster folks ever hear from his crate at night is his tail slapping against it wagging when they walk by.
Taz would probably like a doggie sibling in his ideal forever home, but humans do come first; he'd be happy as a clam either way. This bright boy seems to learn quickly, has no aggression or fear of new things and is a good size.  Everyone he's met seems to think he's just the sweetest little guy.  Could this young man stir up a whirlwind in your heart?