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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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: $ 100
Breed: AmBull mix
Age: 2-4 yrs
Weight: 70-80 Lbs
Roscoe has completed heartworm treatment. He is now healthy and ready for adoption.
Roscoe displayed some anxiety when he first came to us due to being in a somewhat high-stimulus environment. We gave him anxiety meds to help him adjust. Once adapted to his new life at the shelter, we were able to taper him off the meds.
Roscoe likes routine, consistency, and structure. He might need a few weeks of adaptation in order to decompress in a new home. Once he's used to a new routine, he is very easy-going and chill.
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. He 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:
Roscoe resides at the MPR shelter. He's still a little clumsy about being indoors, but enjoys it. We have adored watching him learn how to get on a couch and cuddle. He sure can't get enough of it now.
Roscoe, like many homeless dogs that get shuffled around, took a few weeks to settle into his new living arrangement. He was unsure whether he was allowed on the furniture, if he could eat slowly or if he'd run out of food, and whether he was allowed to run freely in the big yard, etc. Since he was never a welcomed indoor pet before, 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!
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 until his heart's content. He likes being inside for cuddles too, but truly enjoys the fresh air. He is curious and alert, but also a little clumsy at times. Roscoe is a fun combination that never ceases to crack up the volunteers. He is like a little kid that doesn't want to stop playing when it's dinner time. Once he's with his people though, he is all love. He fancies snuggling on the couch and chewing on his bones near his humans.
Behavior with people:
Roscoe has such an awesome disposition with people. He's outgoing but not pushy, friendly and loving, but not overbearing. 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 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.
Roscoe was recently introduced to a large, tolerant, yet dominant female and he did very well with her. We will not rule out a home with a compatible female for him, as long as the owners are very bully-breed savvy and know how to properly introduce and supervise.
Note that Roscoe has engaged in fence-to-fence conflicts with other dogs before, when they were 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.
Roscoe is housetrained, kennel-trained, and knows some easy commands (sit, lay, and he 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 a human's lap!
Roscoe is 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.
Even if you can’t adopt this sweetheart, you can still help by donating for their care.