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Monkey is a 5 year old, 30 lb. neutered male mix in Boston, MA.

Hello!  I'm Monkey, and I'm looking for an amazing adventure partner (or two), and then to snuggle up on the couch after a day of fun.  I'm an an approximately 5 year old male cattle dog mix, located in Boston, MA. I weight 30 lbs, neutered, fully house broken, and LOVE training (clicker trained/positive reinforcement only), games, and learning new tricks.  My parents are definitely biased, but they think I am the cutest cattle dog around - just check out my awesome curly and fluffy tail, and my cute spots!  I have all the usual cattle dog characteristics - super smart, love my people, I'm a total Velcro dog and snuggle bug, but like many cattle dogs I get super nervous around people I don't know, and I need a VERY slow introduction to new people.  I don't like people I don't know entering my personal space. I was social distancing long before COVID started!

 

 

Monkey's parent's here - He has been surprisingly adaptable to our constantly changing lifestyle, but our newest addition, a human baby, makes us and him nervous and between the baby and the fact that we live in an apartment in a city, we are not setting him up for success, which has led us to the incredibly difficult decision to find a new home for him. He hasn’t reacted specifically to the baby, as we keep them completely separate at all times, but as the baby gets increasingly more mobile both Monkey and mom's anxiety are growing by the day and we know he will be happier in a quieter home without children, and not in a city.

Monkey is healthy, and currently takes medicine (paroxetine) for his anxiety, but I often wonder if our living situation is causing the anxiety and perhaps he wouldn’t need it in a quieter home. He doesn’t love being left alone, but we do leave him at times for up to an hour or two at a time, and he’s not destructive, he just whines occasionally and is crazy excited when we come home. He hasn’t lived with dogs or cats before, and sometimes he has leash reactivity with some dogs, but off leash he does great with all dogs. He goes to doggie daycare a few days per week and absolutely loves it there and has many doggie and human friends at daycare.  I think he would do well in a home with a friendly and confident canine companion.

Monkey would thrive and bring so much fun and joy to a quiet home without a lot of visitors, with an active person or couple who will take him hiking and exploring, and NO kids. They will need to be patient to earn his trust and love in the beginning. He hasn’t lived with dogs or cats but has met cats a few times and finds them curious, and dogs he does great with at daycare. He would do best with an experienced heeler owner, or someone who has experience with reactive dogs.

We are willing to help with transport for the right home, and will request a rehoming fee of $200 that will be donated to ACDRA.

For information, email amylmcginty@gmail.com