Hunter "Patch" Adams, founder of the Gesundheit Clinic, a clinic which treats their patients by invoking emotions and with humor.
Patch Adams came to MPR right before the end of the year and is thankful to have ended his year in a cozy, warm bed! He immediately became the shelter lovebug, as he can’t NOT give slobbery kisses! He is a little timid as he's adjusting to his new life but quickly coming out of his shell. He's been nothing but sweet with our volunteers as he's getting used to the good life.
ID Number: #
Adoption Fee: $135
Breed: Pit Bull
Color: White with red patches
Good with dogs: Unknown
Good with cats: Unknown
Medical Issues/Health Condition:
Patch had kennel cough when he arrived and is still trying to get back to his healthiest state but that doesn’t stop him from loving on volunteers and exploring the toy basket.
Patch Adams lives in an indoor kennel which he keeps clean and dry. He is very quiet in his kennel and well-behaved. He waits patiently for his turn to come out and play without barking or whining. He was likely kennel trained in his last home and feels safe in the confines of his four wired walls.
We are still learning about Patch, as he was reserved at first and took his time learning his boundaries with each volunteer. He is quickly coming out of his shell. He is respectful of playtime and doesn’t get overly exuberant. He welcomes a belly rub and would make the best movie buddy (if you’re willing to share your popcorn).
Behavior with adults:
Patch seems to be feeling the same towards men and women. As soon as he knows no one wants to hurt him, he warms up and turns into a gentle tail-wagger and wiggle butt. Socialization will go a long way with this Casanova and will help him thrive in the world. Perhaps a home with another dog could help boost his confidence as well.
Behavior with children:
Since Patch is still pretty young himself, we assume he would fit in perfectly with a family of older children. He is very obedient so some training and growing will fix his puppy clumsiness if there are young kids around. That said, until he’s gained more self-assurance, we will not place him in a home with toddlers. He is a sensitive guy and will need a gentle and patient hand to help him learn that the world is not a bad place when you are loved.
Behavior with other dogs:
Patch is not reactive to his kennel friends and would likely succeed in a home with a female dog. He acts somewhat timid towards the barking dogs next to him, so a compatible female who will not overwhelm him is preferred.
Patch Adams is VERY eager to please. He wants praise more than anything but will settle for a good Beggin’ Strip if you’re just giving them away! Patch was afraid of his bed and so he was sleeping on the floor instead. Positive associations have been the way to get him snoozing comfortably. A little peanut butter, a Nylabone, and our volunteers showing him the rope by laying on the bed next to him did the trick!
He is so versatile! He is equally happy cuddling on the couch or playing in the yard. He could entertain you on a lazy, rainy day as well as he could during a sun-soaked day at the park. He will bloom where he is planted and we can’t wait to see him in his furever home!