Jackson

Posted by admin - 07/03/11 at 11:03 pm

Jackson is a one year old, neutered male Dalmatian.  He gets along with cats and other dogs.  He is a very high energy boy, who loved to  run and play.  He needs a 6 foot fence for his own safety.  He has already jumped over shorter fences while playing outside.  He has not had any training, so obedience class will be a must for him.

We posted Jackson last October as a courtesy to his owner, but they ended up giving him away on Craigslist.  The new owner surrendered Jackson to a shelter.  We rescued him from the shelter, and sent him to a foster home in Portland, Oregon.

Jackson suffers from separation anxiety, and gets extremely agitated if put in a crate.  He is very mischievous, and will go to great lengths to steal food, including taking it off the stove while cooking.

Most of the photos were taken last October.  This is what Jackson looked like when we rescued him.

Jackson developed a limp after coming to rescue, so we took him to an orthopedic vet.  Even though he is a very young dog, there are signs that he has had arthritis in his shoulder for several months.  He also has fractures in some of the small bones in his toes. The vet says they are similar to those found in racing greyhounds, and might be fairly common in active young dogs. He should avoid running on hard surfaces, like pavement. Running on natural surfaces like grass or sand are fine, as long as Jackson has the option to stop and rest.

The limp is only occasional, and more likely to occur when he is bored than when his mind is occupied. Keeping Jackson’s mind occupied is important, because it keeps him from finding mischief to get into. We think that Jackson will do well in a home where he gets plenty of leadership and exercise. Having another active young dog to keep him busy will help with the exercise, but he will also need focused one on one time with people, so he can learn to be a good member of the family.

Jackson is not one of those dogs that is anxious to meet new people. He has a tendency to bark when approached, and this could escalate if the warning isn’t heeded. He does better with outdoor meetings, and with people who ignore him until he has had a chance to decide they are not a threat. He probably would not do well in a household that had a lot of visitors.

If you are interested in adopting Jackson, please fill out the adoption inquiry form.

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