Roscoe

A character from the comic strips "Pickles", Roscoe is a dog of little brain and uncertain pedigree. His one regret in life is that he wasn't born a Golden Retriever.
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Some of the dogs in our program are adopted before we get to know them. Some stay longer but require several weeks to show their character. Some dogs receive additional evaluations and training by professionals if needed.

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Background Info:

 

Roscoe was surrendered by his owners due to their declining health issues. He had been kept strictly as an outdoor dog, was sick and neglected. Losing his home wasn't a bad thing after all. He now has a chance to find a family who loves him and treats him like he deserves. He is such a fantastic dog! 

Adoption Fee: $ 200
Breed: Pit Bull
Sex: Male
Age: 2-4 yrs
Weight: 60-70 Lbs

Health Condition:

Roscoe has completed heartworm treatment. He is now a healthy pup and ready for adoption. 

 

Roscoe displays some anxiety at the shelter due to a somewhat high-stimulus environment, so we give him a low dosage of anti-anxiety medicine to help him cope. He doesn't have separation anxiety however. We believe that once in a more compatible environment, he will be able to be tapered off the meds. 

Physical Description:  

A little larger than average. He might have a bit of American Bulldog in him. Roscoe is gorgeous in person. Pictures don't do him justice. Roscoe has a strong physique and the epitome of 'puppy dog eyes.'  He has great markings and is larger than a lap dog, but doesn't know it!

 

Current Living Situation:  

Learning the ropes of life at MPR shelter. He's still a little clumsy about being indoors but enjoys it. It has been very touching to watch him learn how to get on a couch and cuddle. 

Roscoe, like many homeless dogs being shuffled around, took a few days to settle into his new living arrangements.  He was unsure whether he was allowed on furniture, whether he could slowly eat or if he'd run out of food, whether he was allowed to run freely in the big yard, etc.  Since he was never a welcomed indoor pet, he was confused by the smallest things!

 

He has since learned that all ground surfaces are safe and appliance noises don't phase him anymore - it's been such a treat watching him learn the luxuries of indoor life!

 

Personality:   

Roscoe is a silly, happy boy who has THE best bounce throughout the backyard.  Since we know he grew up stuck to a chain outside, it makes perfect sense that he loves being free to run for as long as we let him.  He comes inside when called, but if he hasn't had enough time in the fresh air, he will beg to stay out longer.  He's like a little kid that doesn't want to stop playing when it's dinnertime.  Once he's with his people though, he is all cuddles.  He loves snuggling on the couch and chewing on his bones near his humans.    

Behavior with people: 

Awesome disposition with people. Outgoing but not pushy. Friendly and loving. Roscoe will take any and all attention that you want to give, but is respectful if you have guests that aren't 'dog people'.  He doesn't seem to have a preference toward men or women and does well with direction from everyone.

 

Behavior with children:  

We haven't seen Roscoe around kiddos but he has not exhibited any resource guarding or hyper activity, so we think he would be a great family dog.  Due to his size and strength however, older kids would probably be best.

Behavior with other dogs:  

This might be where Roscoe loses points. He was rejected by another rescue for "flunking" his dog-to-dog test. We were told that he lived with a large female German Shepherd before landing at the pound but the dogs were kept on chains and might not have had much interaction, if any. As of now, we believe Roscoe should be an only pet. He has an awesome disposition with people but he's not interested in making doggy-friends. 

Note that Roscoe will engage in fence-to-fence conflicts with other dogs if they are willing participants. The right home for him should have a tall privacy fence and/or, no adjacent neighbor dogs.

Behavior with other animals:  

Roscoe should be an only pet. He is interested in squirrels and smaller critters, so he would do best in a home without cats or other small animals.

Training: 

Roscoe is housetrained, kennel-trained, and knows some easy commands (sit, lay, comes when called).  He is eager to please and treat-motivated, so we are working on 'stay' in hopes that he will learn to love his dog-bed on the floor, instead of plopping his big ol' self on human's lap!

Best Attribute:

Roscoe is extremely expressive and animated.  He wears his heart on his sleeve - you can always tell how curious he is, or excited, or sleepy, or worried... He's emotional and sensitive, which we can all relate to.  If he were a person, he'd be a clumsy pre-teen learning how to grow into himself, navigate a new world of new experiences and people, all while trying to find where he belongs in his new life.

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