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. We named him Zen due to his mellow personality.
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 of his health issues and he now looks like a new dog! He's gained weight, looks awesome, and his spirit has blossomed. He's quite the charmer.
Zen successfully completed his heartworm treatment and is on a special diet for his kidneys. He will probably need renal or kidney food for the rest of his life and checkups periodically for kidney function. Zen's longevity might be affected by his condition.
Zen is a medium-sized American Bulldog mix with a blocky head and HUGE Sasquatch paws! 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. He is well-adapted and realizes his life with us is much better than what he had before.
Zen is calm and well-behaved in his kennel, for the most part. He gets a little vocal at feeding time or when he needs to relieve himself. Otherwise he is chill and patient.
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.
He's overall 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 note 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 is proving to be a pleasing dog with great manners and a sweet personality. He's definitely a favorite with our 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 can be a little rough. We are working on improving his behavior and he is making great progress. We believe it's just a matter of time, training, and leadership until he's ready for kiddo companions. 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. He is not overly reactive in a controlled environment though. During his training classes for example, Zen would notice the other dogs but was easily redirected. He didn’t give a care about the other dogs next to him until they got kind of in his space and then he was just really attentive. Zen never barked, growled, charged or anything. Can't say we'd behave the same for people in our space. Especially during a pandemic!
It would not surprise us if Zen could share a home with compatible female companion if adopters are bully-breed savvy and know how to introduce dogs and ensure diligent supervision.
Behavior with other animals:
Zen uses his doggy-door to relieve himself in the outdoor run when needed but he will do his best to wait for the yard. Because of his kidney issues, he drinks a lot of water so he needs frequent access to outside. Zen would do best in a home with a 6' fence.
Zen recently graduated from obedience training and knows several commands. He loved training! He was always ready to go in and sat right on his cot, eager for the start of class. Zen knows touch, sit, down, and has been doing really well with wait. Our volunteers loved taking him to class because he was so good and made them proud.
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. He is grateful, affectionate, easy-going, and congenial. He will win your heart as quickly as he won ours!
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