Blake is another very handsome young dude. He and his brother Travis were found stray in the Hemet area where they were stuck in the shelter for two weeks. They are understandably unsure about what’s going on in their lives right now, so a little shy at first. They rode well in the car, took treats well, and actually walked on leash pretty well. Blake is underweight and needs to gain a few pounds to fill out.
FOSTER UPDATE 6/19: Blake seems to be doing better since he came here. I have had him sleeping in my room at night. He seems to like that. Although, he runs right back outside in the morning. I brought him into my room the first night because he started barking around Midnight. He was outside, on the patio, and was alone (as all the other dogs sleep in the house). He doesn't like to be alone. He calmed down as soon as I brought him in. He does revert to the fearful behavior sometimes, this may be just the uncertain puppy in him. He is still a puppy (two years old), and like most puppies, is unsure of what is going on around him. He is still developing life experience. He is a beautiful black boy, with a box head. And he will grow into a very big beautiful boy. He also has the longest otter tail that I have ever seen. It almost touches the ground when he is standing, and he has very long legs. He is listed as a Lab mix, but I don't see it. He looks pure lab to me. He has bonded with two of the older labs here, in particular five year old Chewy and fourteen year old Jordy. And he seems to love water. It doesn't matter if it is just a sprinkler or the kiddie pool that I have for the dogs. He is constantly in the pool. I will update the group more in the future, as to his fear issues. I can tell right now, though, that he may need to go to a home with a gentle, older male dog. He needs that guidance from an older dog and seems to prefer the company of male dogs. He walks very well on the leash. He knows heel and stay, when on the leash. He also knows the basic commands, sit, down, and especially NO. He doesn't have any food aggression. And he takes treats very gently. He is beginning to play fetch, which he has learned from watching our other dogs play. Any potential adopter be advised that this boy is still a puppy. There haven't been any accidents in the house, but this may be because we have a dog door and Blake uses it. He does not like being confined in a crate, and will need to be crate-trained, if you wish to crate him at night. And of course, like all puppies, he is a chewer. And because of his tall stature, he can reach things that are put up very high. He got a hold of my wallet already, from off the top of my dresser. Oh well, my bad, I should have put it in one of the drawers. He is a smart boy, but I don't think he can open a drawer yet.
FOSTER UPDATE 6/23: Blake has been putting on some weight. He is a very muscular and handsome Lab. Blake is gaining more confidence and exhibiting less fear, every new day. He is still very leery of new people that come to the house, but, once he realizes they have no bad intentions, he warms up very quickly. So far we have had no incidents of counter cruising or trash diving in the kitchen. But just to be on the safe side, we keep temptation out of his reach and lock the trash can when there are bones or left-overs thrown in. Better safe, than sorry.