Scooby Doo

Status: 
Available
Gender: 
Male
Positive for heartworms?: 
Yes
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 
Yes

GRR Number: 17-031

Type of Surrender: Stray from Palm Valley Animal Center

Status: Available

Age: 17 months

Weight: 62 pounds

What’s New with Scooby Doo? - June 20

Scooby has had a few months for his mange to go away, but during this time he has mainly been proving to his foster folks and anyone who comes to visit what a sweet, sweet boy he is. He loves EVERYONE and is such a nice boy. He just enjoys life so much that it brings a smile and a chuckle to all humans who pass his way.

He has come such a long with his manners and behavior that he has earned the pleasure of being loose in the house when no one is home. (Scooby Hint number 1: When he is alone in the house, be sure to raise your blinds. He does not like that hindrance when he is trying to look outside!) He’s extremely gentle when it comes to treats and food. His very experienced foster says that she wishes all dogs were this good and gentle when it came to treats. He needs some work on the leash. He is so excitable and strong and that a walk becomes more of a “pull.”

Scooby LOVES dogs. Yes, he does! All dogs! He wants to play with any dog who crosses his path. Each of the dogs in his foster home have let Scooby know their boundaries. Some love to play as rambunctiously as he does and other have their limits. Now Scooby knows when to back off when one of the dogs lets him know. He aims to please as well as play!

Ideal Home: Scooby Doo is a nice solid 62 pounds and is very strong, so even though he would love children, it’s probably best that his forever family not have children. In his exuberance, he could likely knock them down. Scooby would love a home with other dogs, but perhaps not one that is a wild child like he is! When he and his BFF at his foster home get to playing, it can become quite the Wrestle-mania. The consensus is that, judging by his personality, he would be a cat chaser, so kitties in the house are not recommended. He needs a family who loves his playful personality and wants to share in the play with him. But they also need to take charge.

Read the earlier updates on Scooby Doo to see more about him and how  he has progressed.


 

The Latest on Scooby Doo (May 10):

Update: With the details provided in the previous updates below from his GRR fosters, Scooby Doo’s bio truly reads like a Hollywood creation, making him worthy of his own feature length movie. It would be a smashing hit, based solely on his loving, playful starring role. As with many rescues, the insecure, scarred and scared individual blossoms as his wounds heal, the love received is unconditional and confidence explodes.   His personality is full bore “puppy” firing on all cylinders. Each freshly minted second of every day is meant for him to discover something new in the oh-so-different world he now inhabits, share his discovery with you, and then figure out a way to play with his new discovery! His “puppy” punch is spiked with boundless affection he dispenses to his two and four-legged family members, with no exceptions granted. As his current foster recounts, "He LOVES other dogs.  The other dogs would say too much.  He wants to play!  He can play wildly with Bijou, running through the yard & wrestling & playing tug-of-war.  He will wiggle & kiss & cuddle with the sedate girls.” Following his rescue, he still finds emotional comfort in the company of others, and finds it hard to go it alone for long periods. He has quickly melded into two separate foster homes, becoming one of the family in both cases. Scooby has great manners, and loves getting groomed and taking baths. A few little patches of itchy skin are all that remain from the mange apparent when he was rescued, and medicated baths are finishing off those last few spots. No night owl, he is ready for bed by 9 at night, and snoozes all night long on a big blanket next to his foster sisters.

It appears his “retriever” gene expression is limited to a couple of throws at a time. Then Scooby gets distracted and follows a butterfly or picks up a toy or investigates what one of the other dogs is into. Like any young and energetic guy, Scooby is ready and willing for basic training, and wants to show you that he is more intelligent than the average pup. At only 61 pounds, he is strong, and currently in the process of leash training, since, as his foster reports, he can pull like a locomotive on walks.  His strength is well directed, though, and he easily releases toys from his mouth, and takes treats from your hand so gently. Car rides provide plenty of visual stimulation for Scooby, who rides incredibly well. His current foster believes he would make an excellent travelling companion. He is now at the perfect weight – nice and trim and athletic. His loving nature might attest to some Golden Retriever heritage, but his short fur, blocky head and long legs reveal other breeds contributing to form one very cool young man.  Read on, and see if you’re convinced he should be at the top of your short list of forever candidates. Scooby Doo will gladly forego Hollywood for you.

Keep reading to see how Scooby has been coming into his own and what kind of home would be ideal for him.


Scooby Doo Update Number 1:

Personality: What can a person say about a dog named Scooby Doo?  Well, we have lots to say.  First, Scooby Doo is a boy who loves life.  He is young – somewhere between 12 and 15 months – and that is an age where young dogs figure out the wide world. Scooby came to Gold Ribbon Rescue through Palm Valley Animal Shelter – a sad, hairless, depressed and feverish dog.  He was covered with demodectic (puppy) mange, had tapeworms and was at least 10 pounds underweight. 

Now that Scooby has been treated for his mange and related skin infection, his hair is growing and he is almost at goal weight.  Scooby has a zest for life, and everything is interesting.  We mean everything.  He runs like the young dog he is, bounding and bouncing, and loves everyone he meets, including other dogs.  Sticks, stuffies, balls and leaves present themselves as toys and his tail wags constantly.  However, his stuffies are still intact – he is more interested in squeaking than shredding.

Scooby Doo loves to keep tabs on what his person is doing.  Therefore, sometimes, he feels compelled to look at them at awkward moments.  But not, just a glance upward.  Oh no, he makes himself into a croissant, his head curled around, smiling widely, tail wagging furiously, still moving, albeit in a sidestep.  Scooby has been known to run into walls or chairs when doing this.   Ruh roh.

Gold Ribbon Rescue knows that Scooby is a mix, and we are awaiting DNA results, but we do not need DNA to know that he has the heart of a Golden Retriever.   Bouncy and full of life, he has never met a stranger.  He is incredibly social, loves to play and when he takes a treat, even though his tail is wagging furiously (and his bum might be off the ground), his lips are soft and his teeth never touch your fingers.  Scooby rarely barks, even when other household dogs are joining in a neighborhood din.  The rare exception would be when he has bowed a few times to another dog and they have refused to play with them.  Then, he may emit a high-pitched bark, “Oh c’mon, play with me – pleeeeeeaaaaaaase,” says he.

This boy is an amazing car rider – and loves to stick his head out the window, his ears flapping.  But, after about 10 minutes in the car, he will settle.  If he is in the car for 20 minutes or more, do not be surprised if you look in the rear-view mirror and see him stretched out, on his side, fast asleep.  Speaking of sleep, Scooby goes to bed very well, and will put himself to bed – wherever you are. He will first curl in a ball and fall asleep (he loves his dog bed), eventually working himself into any number of funny and cute sleeping positions. Also, Scooby is completely housetrained, with no indoor accidents whatsoever.  

His fosters are working on crate training with Scooby. He had a somewhat negative experience with a crate, so he currently does not run to his when he wants to sleep.  However, he will eat or chew a bully stick inside, and has been taking some naps - up to 90 minutes.  His fosters are working to build up his time in a crate, but he is too young to be shut in one for more than 4 hours at a time.

Ideal Home:  Who does Scooby need in his life?  Someone who will love him – someone who will lean down and kiss him and let him lean against them.  For that simple act, Scooby will lean back, prop his head on your arm (he is a dog who loves hugs and kisses), and make grunting noises that you can only hear if you are holding him close.   But, because he is young and full of beans, he needs patience and someone who will work on training with him, including puppy classes.   Most importantly, like most young dogs, he needs to have someone who will be home with him more frequently than not.   The more he is around the people he loves, the calmer he is.  Scooby will likely be exuberant for another 8-12 months, but once he works through this adolescent phase, he will be an amazingly cool dog.  People will meet him and wish he was theirs.  For an adolescent male, he learns extremely quickly, and his goal is to please.  Scooby loves to play with other dogs, and sometimes does not know his strength, so he would best be in a home with younger dogs or dogs who enjoy the playfulness of a youngster.   He will be a wonderful traveling and hiking partner.

The family who adopts Scooby Doo will be a family that laughs, loves and experiences the joy that only a dog named Scooby Doo can bring.

Scooby is heartworm positive, so his new family will need to go through the treatment with him (at GRR's expense, of course).


 Initial Story: When Scooby came into GRR he was in pretty bad shape. He has a bad case of demodectic (non-contagious) mange with missing fur and crusty skin. Scooby's skin and coat are quickly improving with medicated baths. He is receiving the best of care from our GRR vets.

Who better to tell us about Scooby than his wonderful foster mom:

So far at our house, Scooby is acting like a typical 2-year-old silly young male.  He is sweet.  A couple of his older 4-legged foster sisters thought he was too pushy & kissy, so early on they each told him to back off, and he did. The girls now agree that Scooby is a typical pesky younger brother, and they have accepted him as part of the pack.  Puppy Ophelia & Scooby have had tons of fun playing chase in the backyard.  I suspect that older male dogs would not find Scooby as entertaining as our female dogs do!

Scooby follows me from room to room and is interested in everything I do.  He especially likes to stick his head in the drier & help me unload clothes.  He took my reading glasses off the kitchen island & dropped them in front of me.  We’re feeding him in a big crate, and that works well.  I think he would try to swipe the other dogs’ food, if loose during meals.  We’ll gradually increase his time in the crate, after he finishes his meals, while we eat our food.

He is a great car rider – nice & calm. He enjoys rides immensely.  He is also great during his medicated baths.  I bathed him in my shower stall, which has a spray nozzle & glass doors. He is allowed loose in our entire house, because he flies over baby gates.  He was even able to go over our extra tall gates.  At night, he sleeps in the bedroom, loose with all the dogs, on a dog bed near his foster sister Skeeter.  Interestingly, Skeeter is one of the older gals who corrected Scooby early on, and yet they sleep near each other.

No household destructions yet, although I expect Scooby will get into mischief at some point.  When I was outside the front of the house, Gary reported that Scooby scratched at the window shades to see me.  Gary raised the shades, so it was a non-issue.

We have no earthly idea what breeds hem might be, especially until his fur grows out, but Scooby acts like a Lab -  wiggle, wiggle, kiss, lick, wag, wanting to be petted & have attention.  His tail rarely stops wagging. He seems interested in tennis balls and love to chew Nyla bones & similar toys.

Scooby always wants to be near me.  He is currently napping here in my office, curled up on the oriental rug.  He is an endearing boy with so much energy and then exhausted, he falls asleep.

Scooby is already housetrained, with no indoor accidents.

 

 

 

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