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Murphy 16

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Entered: 05/12/2021
Status: Available
Age: 10; born 02/13/2011
Color: Liver/White
Weight: 50 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Girard, PA
Health: UTD, HW-, overall good health, receiving joint supplement daily, losing to a healthy weight
Temperament: Good with adults, unknown with children, but may be too rambunctious for little ones
Temp. Cont.: good with other dogs, NOT good with cats




Murphy 16's Story . . .
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Update 09/05/2021:  “Murphy 16 and his brother Finnegan 2 need to be in a cat free home.”


Despite living peacefully with the resident cats for the past four months, Murphy’s brother Finnegan 2 made an unprovoked attack on one of the resident cats who went to the vet for treatment.  Even though Murphy was not involved, Murphy’s cat status has changed since he and Finnegan will be placed together.  So, Murphy 16 and his brother Finnegan 2 need to be in a cat free home.



Update 08/19/2021:  “Murphy and Finnegan would love to live out their lives together in their shared forever home as they are a bonded pair.”


Murphy 16 and his brother Finnegan 2 continue to do well in their foster home.  Although he has not been to the vet lately to stand on the scale, his foster mom thinks Murphy has lost some weight and he is looking better physically.  Having a fenced yard gives him the opportunity to get more exercise by chasing squirrels and birds and playing with his brother and the resident dogs.

Leash walking with Murphy has improved somewhat due to the way his foster mom walks him.  She loops the leash around his belly instead of using a harness.  This helps to steer him, similar in concept to a gentle leader.  On their walks Murphy barks at everyone he meets, alerting his foster mom to their presence. 


As a preventative against age related joint stiffness, Murphy is receiving a daily joint supplement. 


Murphy and Finnegan would love to live out their lives together in their shared forever home as they are a bonded pair.  They have much to offer a family.  They are already trained, have delightful personalities, love attention and petting, and are full of life!  Double your pleasure by adopting both Murphy and Finnegan!



Original:  “He does love his people (and his brother).”


Murphy and his littermate Finnegan lived with their Pennsylvania owners until their dad died and Mom needed to move to a home without a yard.  MAESSR was asked to help with this bonded pair.  The boys have seemed very stressed after losing Dad who was their best friend. 

Murphy is adventurous and enjoys swimming and going to the lake.  He doesn’t care too much about toys, but does like hooves to chew on.  His foster mom is working on manners, because he does like to bark at everyone and his leash skills need some help!   Because of his rambunctious nature, he did not spend time with visitors or children in his original home.  This happy guy is enjoying a fenced in yard at his foster home and  so would do well in a house where he doesn’t need to be walked all the time. 

Murphy reportedly does not dig or chew, but might beg or counter-surf if given the opportunity.

He had some training as a pup and knows “sit.”  He does not like to be crated but was fine gated in a room with his brother when his original owner went to work.    He does love his people (and his brother).

Murphy’s ideal home would be a place where he and his brother can live out the rest of their lives, with or without other dogs.  He would love a safe place to run and if it came with a lake, he’d be one happy dog!!