Meet Sue!! This sweet but timid guy came to us with his brother Moose and is now searching for a home away from the business of city life. He is a mix of livestock guardian breeds, has an exceptionally large personality, and would love to be able to roam and protect a big yard or family farm.
Unfortunately, Sue has not had the opportunity to experience proper love and affection in his past so he is extremely fearful of new humans. Due to this, the new guardians will need to spend a lot of time gaining his trust. We have found Sue to be very treat motivated here in shelter, which has made gaining his trust a consistent (albeit slow) process… but we are certain that when he is ready, he will absolutely love any new giver of treats!
We have noticed that Sue experiences extreme discomfort in confined spaces or when placed behind a barrier. He prefers to be out in the open where he has options to move about, so as not to become too overwhelmed or overstimulated. He has also proven to be very vocal and frequently barks at the leaves, trees, grass, wind, birds & anything else with movement. While this can be harmless and quirky during the day, it can prove to be quite a challenge during the night hours. We would recommend having adequate space between his living quarters, your house, and your neighbors.
Sue enjoys splashing around in the kiddie pools, taking long naps in the warm sun, and stomping around in every single mud puddle he can find. We have also noticed that he does miss the human presence, even though he continuously tries to deny it. We are certain he will cause a ruckus if he has not seen his people in some time so be prepared to give treats many times a day!
Sue has not experienced walking on a leash in his previous life, so we are currently working on getting them comfortable wearing a collar as we work towards this goal. He is wary of human touch, too. This means that you may touch him only when he wants you to touch him, and this is usually when you’ve got treats. He will happily place his muzzle in the palm of your hand for those.
Future adopters will need to continue working with an Animal Kind trainer to ensure Sue continues to progress with confidence.
Even though he has had a rough start to life and will undoubtedly be a challenge, we have seen how much love he has to give and are amazed at how willing he is to give us strangers a chance at getting to love him. If you feel you may have the time, patience and space to give these two big pups a home, please submit your online application or reach out to the Abbotsford SPCA to chat.
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- Days in care: 258
- Approximate age: 1 year old
- Pet Type: Dog
- Breed: Maremma Sheepdog / Anatolian Shepherd
- Colour: Blonde / Black
- Weight: 41.9 kg
- Sex: Male
- Location: BC SPCA Abbotsford, Abbotsford B.C.
- Animal ID: 551710
- Spay or neuter surgery is included with the adoption of all dogs, cats and rabbits.
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CompatibilityImportant: The history and compatibility of an animal is not always known. If certain compatibility criteria have been identified, they will be listed here or in the animal's description.
- Special Needs
- Indoor / Outdoor
- OK With Dogs
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