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Herc - XL Bully or American Bulldog

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❗️🐶ADOPT ME🐶❗️

4 years old
Neutered male
XL Bully or American Bulldog (our guess, based on size and temperment)

So far we know Herc is a true velcro dog. At 80lbs, this guy would love a human that could love him as hard as he loves his humans. Herc doesn’t know the concept of a stranger, he loves everyone and wants everyone to love him. He will follow you everywhere and stare into your soul for attention! He recently said bye to shelter life… after 3 months of being locked in a stressful shelter environment. While you can tell Herc was likely previously ADORED by humans and a family… it’s unclear as to why he ended up in the shelter. He came in as a stray and his humans never came for him. We don’t know why. So everything is quite new and different for this guy right now. But he is soaking up every single second of being in a foster home. Herc was originally placed in a foster home that lived in an apartment and this wasn’t a good fit for Herc. Herc can become anxious when separated from his humans. Being in a home with shared walls, just wasn’t in his cards! Herc moved to our directors home for about a week to allow him to settle. He was then transferred into one of our LOVELY foster homes who has some kiddos and a small little chihuahua for Herc to hang out with. Herc has been doing wonderfully in this home so far and his Fosters would love to find him a home ASAP! Why? Because Herc loves his humans HARD. He bonds QUICKLY and DEEPLY! Since his foster home isn’t his forever home… we would love to see him bond with his future forever people🥰

Dogs: So far Herc has been getting along with his foster family's dog and did well with his temp Foster’s dogs. Herc has been introduced to a variety of pups and has done quite well. We haven’t seen Herc around male dogs of his size or larger, but we have seen him around males smaller than him. He also did well with a stressed out mommy dog who gave Herc a silent and stern correction for Herc coming in hot and heavy to meet her. He was offended, but did not get angry🤣 while he does do well with other dogs, Herc could more or less care less about them. Humans are his absolute EVERYTHING! But we think Herc would benefit from a doggy sibling or two to show him how to be a dog🥰 He is currently being fostered with a small breed female chihuahua. Herc has been non reactive on leash, so far and will typically meet other dogs on leash well. He does sometimes try to pull towards other dogs he sees on walks, but a quick correction gets him refocused.

Cats: We aren't sure about Herc and cats. We don't recommend Herc to be around cats, based off of his few interactions with cats so far. But he has not been given slow and proper intros… so it isn’t 1000% off the table. But our guts lean towards no.

Kids: Herc LOVES LOVES the kiddos he has met so far. Honestly… Herc loves literally any and all humans. Keep in mind… he does think that he is a lap dog. And at his size? Smaller children may get smooshed🤣 But as long as the adult humans and kiddos have experience with larger dogs, Herc would love a home with kiddos to love on him!!!

Kennel: So far Herc has demonstrated some kennel anxiety, but has shown SIGNIFICANT improvement as he settles in. He will need a special kennel, which our rescue can provide! He is now at a point where he will happily take naps in his kennel and will hop in there… especially with a treat. He may be a little upset at first when he’s in there and you leave… but he is getting better and better every single day

Potty trained: Yes!

Leash trained: Herc does pretty well on leash. He tends to pull a lot at first, but settles into the walk after a while. He is currently being walked using a head halter style leash and he does well with it. He will sometimes make small attempts to take his halter off at the beginning of walks.

What is Herc’s background?
Herc was found as a stray in ABQ so we don’t know much about his past. He spent a few months in the shelter without any adoption or foster interest. Being a big ole bully, we knew he would do much better in a foster home! Herc seems to have been loved by someone, once upon a time. His love and loyalty towards humans is unwavering. He is absolutely a big ole derpy derpy dummy. We say that with love. Herc is smart… but he is also stubborn and derpy!! We think Herc would be an amazing prospect as a service dog. He is incredibly attached to humans and would make an amazing pup to human who needs his support. He may need a little extra time in the training department… but with dedication and love… we believe in him!!! Herc has spent up to 8 hours in his kennel and will protest it at first, but his protests are becoming rarer and shorter! While he would love a human who works from home, this isn’t absolutely required. (Wouldn’t most dogs love that anyways?🤪)

We are sooooo far in love with Herc… and we think you’d understand why if you met him! His sweet bully face is so squishy and he deserves the most loving home. Apply to meet Herc! Be prepared to be SAT on🤣

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