• Shamus
  • Dog ID: 18-012
  • Surrender Date:  4/12/2018
  • Gender: Male
  • Adoption Fee: $400, plus applicable tax
  • Age: 3.5 years
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Interactions with dogs: Good
  • Interactions with kids: Good
  • Interactions with cats: Unknown
  • Medical or Behavior Challenge Notes: 


May 11th, 2018:

I have been enjoying my time and know my foster sisters and peoples have enjoyed having me too. They keep telling me I’m a really good boy. I know basic commands and listen very very well. I am calm in the house and yard and play nicely if you happen to throw a ball in either place. If I do happen to bark at something I think you should be alerted to, I am proud that it only takes a little “shhhh” to tell me it’s okay. As many times as I ask, my foster parents don’t allow me on the bed. They say it’s to give the other dogs something special. So, I wait ‘til the peoples are gone, he he he. Note to self: remember to take your favorite toys with you when you jump down so you don’t get busted. Note to self 2: If you do forget, don’t try and sneak them off the bed while momma’s watching because you’ll only make her laugh. By the way, I do get to sit on the dog chair in the living room, so it isn’t that rough. The other dogs let me sleep on their beds or with them at night; how great is that? There’s a big bed in the car, so we all cuddle up there too. Come to think of it, I like cuddling anywhere. I can be a little shy when meeting new people. If I’m unsure, I’ll offer my paw. I am quick to warm up and will roll over on my side for a belly rub. My foster mom says I have the cutest face, and everyone I meet agrees. We’ve been on a few walks, and I walk better when I wear a harness. At first, I’m real eager to see what’s new but settle down to a nice pace. I may pull a bit if I see a bunny or a squirrel, but not for long and not too bad. I love sitting on the porch and or looking out a window whenever I can. I went to the vet the other day. I warmed up to her faster when she gave me peanut butter during my exam. I behaved perfectly while she gave me shots and took some blood for tests. I was told I need to lose a couple of pounds, but who doesn’t? I’m stocky…check the pictures! The vet found an intestinal bug, so I took medicine for that (not fun, but I was a trooper). I just need to wait a few weeks to make sure it’s gone. When that’s confirmed I can be adopted. I’m not sure what the perfect home would be. I like having dogs around, but I also like a lot of attention and will come over and sometimes kinda gently push myself in if someone else is getting some. If the peoples tell me it is so-and-so’s time for lovin’ it’s not a big deal, I just wait my turn, then. If there is another dog in my new home, being laid back is always a good thing.

April 16th, 2018:

Top o’ the mornin’! Me namus is Shamus. I’m a fun-loving 3-1/2 year old male, Golden mix. I’ve got the body and great big heart of a Golden with the gorgeous eyes an’ wee legs of a Basset. Cute and handsome, I can’t help it.

I’m just a little shy at first but warm up in a bit. Knowing I was on my way to the start of a new life I jumped in the car and was a good passenger all the way home. I loved being pet and reassured during the drive, so it helped me accept all the changes.

I also caught a glimpse of my new foster sisters, and they told me everything was going to be fine. I settled in to my own room the first night, and later the next day I met them and we all said howdy like dogs do. They’re great! It’s kind of like the dog park, where I loved to go, but nice and quiet-like. I want to play with the nine-year old, so hopefully that will happen soon. She and the two older ones are showing me the ropes, like how to get treats before bedtime or when the peoples leave for work. I’m a quick study!

Since we’re all laid back and get along very well with each other, they don’t mind me sleeping or eating with them. Yes, because of my shyness it took two meals for me to want to eat, but again, everything was so new. Now, every day I embrace it! What else will be new? What’s this snow on the ground in April? I never knew just how many toys I could play with at one time until I tried (I settled on Lamb Chop and the goofy duck). Who thought dried sweet potato treats could be so crunchy? This is AWESOME!

We’re heading to the vet in a couple of weeks. Hopefully I’ll get a clean bill of health and will be available for adoption soon. Though I am doing great with my foster sisters and lived with another dog, I’m not sure if I need to be placed in a home with another dog. If the home has one, it would need to be a dog who is older or low key like I am at least that’s what I think now. Maybe when my foster sister plays with me or I try even more new stuff, who knows? Life of the party? Could very well be! Hopefully any sibling dog won’t be the jealous type, because I love loving and being loved. Don’t you just love that?