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Age: approx. 7 Years (born Fall 2009) Weight: 65 lbs. This dog has been spayed/neutered, is up to date on shots, on heartworm preventative and is microchipped.
This beautiful smile belongs to Louie Lewis! Louie has so much going for him! Though he will need to be house trained since kennel life is all he's known, he's crate trained and walks well on a leash. He plays great with other dogs and loves people. He's good with kids, but because he's so big, he might inadvertently knock over smaller children. Louie's good in the car and totally LOVES to play and run in the yard! A fenced yard (6-ft. preferred) is recommended so that he can do all his running and playing safely. An obedience class is also recommended, not only for the owner/dog bonding aspect, but because it can help build confidence and aids in socialization. Louie is very smart, even-tempered, gentle and can be a bit goofy. He hasn't been cat-tested yet. This is a dog that needs a person - he's very affectionate. Someone to love him, care for him, and comfort him. Louie is a big lug full of love and for the right family, he can provide a lifetime of companionship. Louie has a very unique coat and coloring. His top coat is black, but his under coat is light in color (like his brother Huey). Occasionally, under the right light you can see both. If you think you'd like Louie and his beautiful smile to be part of your life, fill out an application today! Louie's waiting just for you!
Louie and his two siblings, Huey and Dewey, were found in downtown Jackson, MS, living in the underground world below the streets. The dogs were just pups then, but have since grown to be large in stature and personality. The early days on the streets have made Louie a bit anxious. When we took him out of his pen for photographs, we were worried his nervous energy wouldn't allow us to get the photos that he so rightly deserved. Reaching the play yard, however, Louie took off, letting his long strides carry him in wide circles around the camera. But a strange and great thing happened next - we realized that as long as someone was touching Louie and providing him gentle reassurance, he'd show his bright smile for the camera and the world. Louie is just waiting for his human to find him - could that be you?
Update from our southern partner, May 2, 2016: Louie has always been an outgoing and playful guy, but somewhere in the past year he is suddenly timid and shy. I am thinking it is "shelter syndrome." While he had been going out in the large play yard I think he became insulated and now the new things thrown at him have him confused and scared. I did have a trainer coming and working with the dogs but as often happens with volunteers she has had life get in the way. I am hoping another girl can come up more regularly on weekends and help with some of the timid dogs.
Adoption Fee: $370
To apply for this dog, fill out an adoption application on our website: www.sosarl.org/aa/
**Additional info you should know - For most of our dogs, we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We get to know each of our dogs as an individual and do our best to describe and place them based on personality not breed label. Some dogs may not yet be in New England, nor ready for immediate adoption. There may be additional vetting, quarantine, waiting periods and/or fees depending upon your state of residence. If you have questions or concerns on any of this, you can discuss this with your Adoption Counselor.