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Entered: 09/02/2013
Status: Adopted
Age: 3
Color: Liver/White
Weight: 42 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Health: UTD, HW-, treatment for minor ear infections complete
Temperament: Good with people older than 6, good with other dogs, good with cats

Yager's Story . . .
Original:  “Yager is the perfect houseguest.”
Yager was turned in to a high kill shelter in North Carolina when his owner just didn’t have the time to take care of him anymore due to his long work hours. This young boy had been living outside and left to his own devices for long periods of time. He entered MAESSR a bit underweight with a lot of matting on his ears and a minor ear infection. Yager is now sporting quite the hairdo after the shelter shaved his ears and cut out the mats on the top of his head. Although he was very frightened at the vet, he was an excellent patient.
Now enjoying foster life out in the country with plenty of room to run, Yager also has learned the joy of air conditioning! He quickly figured out the dog
door and will take his ball and go into the house when he decides he’s hot or has had enough outdoor time. He is learning the invisible fence, but tends not to stray very far from his foster parents when outside. He quickly returns when called. An early outdoor experience included an encounter with a big hoot owl, which was quite comical!
Yager is the perfect house guest. He is crate trained and sleeps in his crate quietly at night. He is left in his crate when his foster parents are out of the
house and accepts this with good grace. He quietly waits for his release when they return home. Yager is very smart and responds well to his name.  He knows “no” and simple commands. The words “ball” and “bone” are in his vocabulary and he will search forever until he finds the exact object his parents requested. When receiving his dinner or treats, Yager sits patiently. What a good boy!  Just a little refresher course was needed for housetraining; he’s doing very well with no accidents after the first day. He was great when receiving his bath, and accepts his ear drops very well.
Yager is living with a senior resident female dog that pretty much ignores Yager, as well as a resident cat.  Yager gets along with everyone he meets,
and he behaved wonderfully at the local dog park where he ran and played with all of the dogs. He even does very well with the resident cat after a few hisses established boundaries. When the kitty thinks no one is looking, he can be seen giving Yager head rubs.  Yager thinks any and all attention is wonderful!  A very loving boy, Yager is very docile in nature. He is totally at home as the low man in the pack, including the cat. He is not possessive of his toys or even his bones, and his foster parents can take a bone away from him with no problem. The resident canine likes to steal Yager’s bones when he is not looking and prance around the house with them. Yager just looks at his foster parents as if to say, “Did you see that?”
Yager’s foster dad works from home and Yager can always be found right next to him on the floor. As soon as his dad gets up, Yager will follow him
wherever he goes. He is respectful of the furniture and does not get up on it even though the resident girl will be snoozing on the couch.  Yager has learned that evenings are “chill time” around his foster house. He is happy just to hang out with his foster family. Every now and then he will come up for what his foster mom refers to as “hug time”. Yager will crawl onto his foster mom’s lap, keeping his back feet on the floor, and lean into her while tucking his head under her chin.
So far, the only vice that Yager’s foster parents have discovered is his fear that someone is going to take away his meals. He will grumble if his foster
mom tries to touch him while he is eating. He was underweight when he first arrived at his foster home, so he had missed some meals recently. Plenty of food at meal time is a new concept to him. His foster parents are working on this and he is making progress. He has a very soft mouth and takes treats very nicely. His only issue seems to be around his food bowl and meal times. This smart boy will learn soon that meals come regularly.
A young boy full of energy, Yager will need a forever family that will take him on regular walks and throw a ball for him. He loves to play ball and is very
fast. He often catches the ball on the bounce.  Yager loves walks and walks very nicely on his leash.  He also loves toys and has several things that he can chew and play with to keep him busy in the house.
Yager will make a wonderful addition to an active family. He also would be happy as a playmate for another young energetic dog…or a kitty willing to
give scalp massages. Does it sound like Yager would fit into your home?