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Bowie

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About

Breed

Black Labrador Retriever, Mixed Breed (Large)

Age

10 Years

Gender

Male

Size

Large (> 40 lbs.)

Can Live With

  • Cats
  • Guinea Pigs, Rats, Or Hamsters
  • Needs To Be Only Pet

Spayed/Neutered

Yes

Current on Vaccines

No

Specialized Care

  • Behavior Concerns

Location

Tucson, AZ

Biography

Bowie is a sweet old grump. He has a lot of anxiety and is usually very good at showing it. Knows some basic tricks like sit, shake, and say “hi” (he sits at your feet and waits for pets). He knows the word “potty” means to go outside. Is very gentle when receiving treats BUT gets possessive over them. Likes toys but also gets possessive over them. Eats as a grazer instead of just big meals all at once. He is very vocal with barks and growls. His growls are typically only used when he’s getting anxious or possessive. Does NOT like his paws messed with at all, typically his nails are worn down by him playing outside so there’s no need to trim them. If he breaks a nail or gets something stuck in them he gets a big snappy. He’s a big love bug, you just need to learn his queues to make sure you’re both comfortable. He has been with his current owner for 8 years but in the last two he has gotten extra grumpy and has started to fight his housemates. Typically he is good with other dogs but with this new behavior beginning it is felt that he would be best as a single dog. Usually ignores cats but might try to play with them which may scare them since he’s such a big boy. Has been around rats as well and he doesn’t mind them as long as they’re in their habitat. When switching his food types/brands his tummy gets a bit upset but other than that he’s good eating anything.

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