Not worrying about things that you cannot change.
Zen was found as a stray by an outreach group and taken to the city shelter. Staff were smitten and immediately contacted us to plead his case. We have no information concerning his past and upbringing, but our guess is that it wasn't a walk in the park.
Adoption Fee: $200
Breed: American Bulldog Mix
Age: 3 to 5 yrs
Weight: 65 to 75 lbs
Color: White & brown spots
Zen arrived to us in very bad shape; skinny, neglected, malnourished, dirty and heartworm positive. He also showed signs of kidney problems. We addressed all his issues and he now looks like a new dog. He's gained weight, smells a lot better and his spirit has blossomed.
Zen successfully completed his heartworm treatment this summer and is ready to move on. He is on a special diet for his kidneys and responding remarkably. He will probably need renal or kidney food for the rest of his life and checkups periodically for kidney function.
Zen isn't huge for an American Bulldog mix but big-bones. His coat is super soft. He is mostly white with some brown spots on his lower half. He has some dark freckles on his underbelly and a cute black snout. There are also some unique black markings around his chestnut eyes, which complement his sweet demeanor.
Zen is living-it-up at the MPR shelter, grateful for the comfort and good care. Little does he know, life will only get better from now on.
Zen is calm and well-behaved in his kennel, for the most part. He gets a little vocal when he knows volunteers are present and he's not part of the love-fest. It's not a huge issue. He's quiet most of the time and when no one is at the shelter. Keep in mind the poor boy has only recently discovered that people are nice and caring and he just can't get enough attention. Who could blame him? It's obvious he was never loved before so he wants as much affection as he can get now.
Laid back and easy going, but inquisitive. Zen is a middle-ground type of dog. He loves to play, but he loves to cuddle just as much.
Zen is not dominant but not shy either. He's very happy-go-lucky, low-key, and easy to please.
Zen can entertain himself with toys or hang out on the couch for a good movie. He did a great job supervising the installation of an outdoor awning at the shelter and everyone loved him.
Please not that Zen gets hyper-stimulated during car rides and must be safely contained in a plastic crate.
Behavior with people:
Zen is a sweet and snuggly boy. He likes all people but is especially fond of men. He likes to give hugs, but we are working on ‘four on the floor.’ He is proving to be a pleasing dog with great manners and a sweet personality. He's definitly a favorite with the volunteers, as we all love a big cuddle-bug.
Behavior with children:
As of now, while Zen learns to be a well-behaved indoor companion, we prefer a home with adults only. Zen occasionally gets overstimulated when playing with certain toys and could resource guard. We are working on improving his behavior and he is making tremendous improvements. We believe it's just a matter of time, training and leadership until he's ready for family life. Until then, we prefer an adult home for the big teddy-bear.
Behavior with other dogs:
Zen is selective about his canine social circle and might not be very interested in making doggy-friends. We won't rule out a compatible female companion for him, but only if adopters are bully-breed savvy and know how to introduce dogs and assure diligent supervision.
We were told Zen tensed up when introduced to dogs while at the pound and wasn't thrilled. We believe he would do awesome as the only dog in the home.
Behavior with other animals:
If his athleticism was ever questioned, he has certainly proved himself to our shelter volunteers! Zen scaled our 6' privacy fence when he first came to us. He was still intact then and most likely looking for a "one-night-stand". He came right back when called but demonstrated that if he wants out of a yard, he can. Since being neutered, it seems like the thought of climbing the fence has not crossed his mind again. That said, since we know he can do it if he wants to, Zen needs a home that can commit to diligent supervision when he's in the yard. Another great option for him would be a home with no fence at all, were he would be taken on daily walks instead.
Zen knows little commands but he wants to learn and to please. He uses his doggy-door to relieve himself in the outdoor run when needed.
Zen is an adorable boy who loves to cuddle. He likes attention but is not obnoxious about it. The dog had a hard life before his rescue and he knows a good thing when he has it now. He is grateful, affectionate, easy-going and congenial. He will win your heart as quickly as he won ours!
Missouri Pit Bull Rescue makes no express or implied warranty, representation or promise to the age, health, breed, habits, disposition, behaviors, obedience, or safety of the dogs in our program. Our assessments are subjective and based on information we receive when selecting the dogs for our program, as well as observations and reports from our volunteers and caretakers. Adopters understand that no one can predict how a dog will react under all circumstances and situations.