There are some dogs that don’t require a lot of work, simply because they are ready to do anything for you, if only you will be with them and take care of them. Then there are some dogs that you connect with immediately and furiously, as if there is nothing else in the world that matters.
Rodney is one of those rare dogs that has both qualities. He is eager to please, but not pushy, and he has an enormous amount of charisma. When I walk him, he is always quietly sitting, watching me with his big eyes that always melt my heart every time, and then he breaks out in a big grin. The first thing he does outside is to roll in grass happily and ask for a bellyrub. His tail is always wagging. And despite his big size and muscular appearance, he walks rather nicely. He always looks at you to see if you want to tell him anything, and he is a very good listener– he’ll put his head on your lap, or let you stroke his belly while he lies quietly. He will play with toys and tolerates other dogs very well, but mostly, he’d just rather be with you.
The only catch? He’s a pit/bulldog mix, which carries its own share of stereotypes and baggage. I don’t know about you, but I can tell you that during the three (now four) years I’ve spent in the shelter, I’ve learned that judging a dog by its supposed breed or by its appearance or its age doesn’t tell you everything about the dog. I also know that if these dogs are given a chance to thrive in a loving, caring, AND responsible environment, they more often than not succeed in becoming wonderful, loyal pets.
If you’re an experienced dog owner and are looking for a second dog, please consider Rodney– his social skills with other dogs are excellent (he was called “best all around” by volunteers). If you’re looking for a first dog, Rodney would be a delight. Anyone who adopts him will be very lucky to have him. In any case, if you’re looking for a dog, he’s worth visiting.
In lieu of an interview, I thought I’d let Rodney show off his charm (click here to see a video).