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Holstein lives up to his name as he has the appetite of a heifer and a heart the size of a bull. This dude is the poster child for the saying, "A dog is a man's best friend!" Holstein tends to have an unspoken bond with men who show him love and affection. You can feel him melt and calm down immediately when a man enters the room.
Holstein spent his first six months in foster care displaying some odd tummy issues, and after lots of searching, he underwent exploratory surgery. The doc discovered a few plastic condiment containers in his gut! Due to a previous life of fending for his own food, who knows how long these had been sitting in his stomach?
If this wasn’t enough of a detour in Holstein’s resume, he almost died last year after contracting Lepto from contaminated water outdoors. A prevalent thing in areas with high wildlife. A true trooper and warrior, Holstein did sustain some immeasurable damage to his kidneys and will need to be on renal food for life (we just order it through Chewy). His kidney values have continued to improve, and aside from his daily kibble, nothing further medically is needed to be done. Talk about a dog with nine lives! We think he definitely deserves to find his perfect forever home.
Holstein can be a happy, spunky puppy ready to show off his smarts. On the list of commands he's mastered: drop, sit, look, stay, being a pro at sitting before crossing through any entryway, and has even figured out switch! On the verge of commands to master include "to the door," "settle," and "off," and still working on down. Walks with Holstein are fabulous; when he has his head up, he will gracefully prance around the neighborhood like a blue-ribbon bull! The perfect show-quality gentleman to act as a breed ambassador. He might love his crate a little too much; he will fly up the steps with just a flick of your hand toward his room. Then he sits quietly in his crate, happily chewing a bone or frozen black kong with no fuss! Holstein also has never had an accident in the house, so he is housebroken!
On the flip side, due to Holstein's previous neglect, he can be rather particular about the humans he trusts and the amount of human affection and touching he can appreciate at one time. Ensuring, Holstein is always set up for positive situations and not pushed into affection, handling, or encounters is a must for a new family. His new life of health and freedom can make him uneasy about sharing all his "important things" - like his crate, food, and toys. For this reason, Holstein will need a home without small children and an owner willing to go slow and let him unpack and trust at his speed vs. a quicker agenda.
One of his favorite things is snuggling on the couch, watching a movie or helping you with paperwork. Also, this kid is obsessed with being outside! He loves the feel of grass, snow, or mud between his toes. If he can convince you to let him back outside just once more, he's the happiest of puppies! I'm saving the best for last... when Holstein gets a fuzzy plush toy, boy, does the puppy come out in him!! He bucks his legs and tosses the toys up in the air just to catch them mid-air with his prominent flappy jowls! Holstein is an all-around spunky happy puppy!
If Holstein sounds like the perfect chunk of dog you just can't live without, we suggest you get moooving and adopt him!
SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO HOLSTEIN'S FOSTER FAMILY FOR THEIR TIME AND DONATIONS:
Ben & Chaley