In some Native American languages, the meaning of the name "Paco" is Eagle. In Spanish, Paco means "free."
This happy-go-lucky dog became a regular at the city shelter this winter. Indeed, the big guy landed at the pound a dozen times in just a couple months! His owner would come get him every time, but the shelter staff was extremely concerned for his safety, especially considering that he showed up with a minor injury the last time he was found roaming the streets. He was eventually left at the shelter for good and immediately tagged for our program.
Adoption Fee: $150
Breed: Pit bull Mix
Age: 1-3 years old
Paco is healthy and ready for adoption.
Handsome boy who might have some Great Dane in his background or perhaps Plott Hound. Paco is definitely taller than average, with an impressive stature. A beautiful brindle and white coat completes his great physiognomy that's worthy of an Olympic athlete.
Current Living Situation:
Paco is currently fostered in a suburban home with two adults and two furry foster siblings, a senior and special needs dog and a cat, who he gets along great with! He has access to a backyard with a four foot wooden fence. There have dogs on both sides of the foster home, and he knows them and doesn't pay much mind to them. When he fist arrived Paco was crated at night and during the day while his foster parents were gone at work. He was slowly given more and more freedom, and now he is free in the house while his foster parents are gone at work for up to 7-8 hours. He also now sleeps in bed with his foster parents at night. Occasionally he will spend a night or some time in his kennel, just to make sure he's still "kennel trained" and he always does great, not minding it all! His kennel is in his foster mom's office and while she works he'll often wander into his kennel and curl up for a nap door open and everything.
Paco gets two walks per day. One in the morning around 8am for about 30-45 mins. Then another one in the evening around 6pm for about an hour. Paco LOVES his walks and foster mom believes it helps keep any "bored behaviors" in check. He walks probably around 2-4 miles per day. Paco made a road trip to Wisconsin for few days and did well with all the farm animals he met (turkeys, cranes, baby calves, and big adult cows!). He was curious and happy to meet them all!
Paco is athletic and could have the ability to jump a short fence. This has not been an issue in his foster home, but he is closely monitored while out in the yard. In his previous home we believe he was left outside in the yard for days at a time. He would become bored and would then jump the fence. Paco's perfect home would have a 6 foot privacy fence, or his person would be dedicated to keeping an eye on him while out in the yard. Paco can also be a door dasher. When he first arrived, his foster was too lax with the front door and he ran out and onto the street in excitement of her being home. Once he was out he thought it was a game to run around and it took some coaxing to get him back into the house safely. He won't push his way out the door, but if it's left open he'll definitely try to take a jaunt. He will require some leadership in this aspect.
Paco is smart, goofy, and very outgoing! He is the definition of "just happy to be here"! He loves being his foster mom's shadow and following her around the house throughout the day. He has a well balanced personality and loves his active time as much as he loves being the ultimate couch potato. He is an extremely easy going dog! Paco has never met a person he didn't like, but his love for "his person" is next level. He wants to be someone's best friend and he is the best companion.
Behavior with people:
Paco is very friendly, personable, and charming. He loves everyone and enjoys interactions with all people. He is very well behaved when meeting new people.
Behavior with children:
In his current foster situation Paco isn't around kids much, but there were several kids in his previous home and he ADORED them! We believe he was pretty much raised by four little ones.
Please keep in mind that he is quite large. He is very enthusiastic with his greetings, especially with kids since he loves them so much. He will require structure and supervision with little ones to make sure he doesn't inadvertently knock them over.
Behavior with other dogs:
Paco has been great with other dogs! He has a dog foster sister who is senior and blind, and he is absolutely wonderful with her. Foster mom believes he is very intuitive to her and can tell she is "different." He is gentle around her so as not to scare or alarm her. He has met other dogs in the neighborhood, including a playdate with a female golden doodle who he LOVED and they happily frolicked in the backyard together until they were both exhausted! With proper introductions, Paco could live with a compatible dog in his forever home.
Behavior with other animals:
Paco has a cat foster brother who he does really well with! His foster parents did take this intro slow and would always recommend a slow intro with any future cat siblings. His first interactions with his cat brother were curiosity and wanting to play with him. Paco has no prey drive on walks and doesn't pay much attention to squirrels and bunnies he sees.
Paco is so smart and eager to please! He is very treat motivated and loves the "good boy!" praise he gets when successfully completing a task!
He knows sit, down, and wait. He has never had any bathroom accidents in the house and although he doesn't spend much time in it anymore, he is fully crate trained! For the most part Paco is a dream on the leash. If there was one area for improvement it would be his reaction to other dogs when on the leash. When on walks, if Paco sees another dog on a leash across the sidewalk, he will mirror their behavior. So if they don't give him much of a look or even care about him, he doesn't care about them, but if the other dog is trying to come towards him or barking or howling, he will mirror that behavior. His foster mom walks him with a treat pouch and actively works on "look" on walks with him. He's making great strides!
Paco is the full package! He's got the best happy go lucky, goofy, and smart personality. He loves adults, children, dogs, and cats! He loves his walks, but he's also a world class napper and cuddler. He was a good dog at the shelter, but since being in a foster home he has truly blossomed more than we could have ever imagined!
Paco's life previous to MPR majorly lacked structure. He was often forgotten about and left to his own devices. Because of this, he craves the love of someone who will always be there for him, and the structure of knowing he's safe and loved *no matter what*. He wants to be his person's best friend, and will give back that love ten fold!
Adoption Fee: $150
Breed: Pit bull Mix
Age: 1-3 years old
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