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Anteros was the Greek God of requited love, love that is reciprocated, love returned. We couldn't think of a more perfect name for this new kid.
Anteros was running lose in the Iowa countryside for about a week, before he found his way to the right farm. He managed to find a farm belonging to the grandmother of the SEPR foster coordinator. After contacting neighbors around, no one recognized him, he wasn't from the area and likely dumped in the country. He was covered in flies biting him through his short coat, his ears were raw with fly bites, and his nails trashed from running loose in the country.
They contacted the local sheriff to see if they would come pick him up, the sheriff declined because they are out of jurisdiction. There is a local pound, but they only take dogs that come through the sheriff which was already denied. Our foster coordinator also contacted the local vet to see if anyone reported him missing, they did not, so a description was left in case anyone calls.
With no tags, no microchip there weren't many options left. Living in the country it's common to shoot loose dogs, especially on farms with livestock. They had already had offers from people willing to come shoot him, since they had nothing else they could do with him. They obviously declined and reached out to us, we weren't about to leave him there to get shot and tossed in the burn pile like trash....so we scooped him up asap.
Dogs and children, big and small, our boy Anteros has loved them all! He is a big boy at 70 pounds, so foster mom tells me I have to learn to contain my excitement. I can be redirected with a sit and look, learning I have to calm down before getting what I want. The 5 year old neighbor girl is my favorite and I get super excited to see her outside, I even politely said hello to their new puppy. I absolutely adore my foster sister and would love a confident female dog in my new home. Sometimes I get on her nerves a little bit and she lets me know when I need to chillax. I love when we get to play and really enjoy snuggling her in bed at night. I have a big BIG Saint Bernard foster brother who isn’t quite sure about me, but foster mom assures me it’s not me, it’s him. I got to meet some little dogs as well and did great! I gently tried to play and learned when they needed their space. I have briefly been around cats and foster mom thinks I would do fine in a home with felines with some firm direction.
I am happy to report that I have not had a SINGLE accident inside the house or my crate. I was not too fond of my crate or being left alone when I first came into the rescue (I mean, who could blame him?), but have gotten pretty comfortable being in my crate. Now, I will go in without protest, using the “in” command. I get my own room in the basement, away from all the craziness and a noise machine to keep me calm. I don’t cry much anymore, but if I do, I will usually quiet down when foster mom tells me to. I get to sleep in the bed with my human and foster sister, or next to it on a tie down. I do not like being left alone but on a tie down when you leave the room, but foster mom and I are working on it with lots of positive reinforcement.
One of my favorite thing to do is zoomies in the backyard or roll around in the grass. I am a perfect gentleman on walks with my Gentle Leader and am easily redirected from any distractions. Meeting new people is my favorite! My favorite place is next to my humans, chewing on a hard chew toy. Personal space what?! I am not much for other toys, but foster mom says I am pretty cute when I get excited and throw them up in the air. If you are looking for a boy who is down to go on your morning runs but will also Netflix and chill, then Anteros just might be the pup for you.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO ANTEROS'S FOSTER FAMILY FOR THEIR TIME AND DONATIONS:
ANTEROS HAS A SPONSOR!
Guardian Angel: Fran Korfanta
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