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March 31, 2013

RIP Sol,
I am going to miss you more than you will ever know my sweet BoBo.

  • Gender - Male
  • Age/DOB - 4/22/06
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - 119
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 9/10/09
  • Available as of - now
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - Yes
  • Good with other dogs - big dogs and dogs he knows, but not stange little dogs
    • with cats - Unk (unlikley though)
    • with kids -  Yes
    • with the elderly - Yes
  • Temperament -Sol is a bit timid sometimes, as if he'd been hit before, but mostly he is a happy big doofus. He is very affectionate and really wants to please.

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Sol is a black Dane/Lab mix. He is all Dane except for some longer wavy fur on his back and his bushier tail. His build and personality are all Dane. We were contacted by a former adopter of ours about Sol. They had gotten him from someone who had adopted him from a California Dane rescue but who was moving and couldn't keep Sol anymore. I am not sure why our adopters had such problems with Sol, but they did. He was peeing in the house all the time and was not responding well to their attempts to correct him. They tried for a week with Sol and then they called me and brought him up here. Since he was another rescue's dog, I called that rescue and arranged to foster him for them until they had room for him.

Once he got here, we were so impressed by Sol that we offered to find him a home and, given how overloaded they were, the rescue agreed. Sol is sweet natured, gets along with all the other dogs, is well trained and well mannered for the most part, and is a pleasure to have around. We have not seen any of his potty issues, aside from one attempt to mark furniture his fist day here. He can get scared, the way a dog who has been severely punished will, but if you are calm and gentle with him he will do whatever you ask of him most of the time. The only real exception to that seems to be when he doesn't understand what you want. He is a happy boy who seems to relish his new life here, and his joy is infectious. He is just a really nice dog and a great companion. He likes to sleep in bed with me, but will happily sleep in one of the dog beds if I don't want him up with me. He particularly likes the Kuranda in the closet as it gives him a nice safe "den" and he is surrounded by things that smell of us. He has not shown any inclination to chew on things, or any other bad behaviors. As I say he is just a really nice dog.

Update - Well it took a while, but we finally saw the abused side of Sol that lead the couple to bring him to us. When they tried to correct him for peeing in the house, he had snapped at the husband. If Sol is convinced you are really mad at him and thnks you are likely to give him a "whoppin", he will defend himself. It is a form a fear biting brought on by some significant abuse at some point in his life. I inadvertently caused this one time when another dog had misbehaved and I was trying to get Sol out of the room. I was yelling and acting really mad for the other dog (a deaf dog that I was still working on training to read expressions and mood) and Sol got scared at my yelling and hopped up on the bed. He wouldb't get off the bed and was scared. I wanted him out of the room so I could deal with the other dog. I reached for his collar to get him out of the room and he snapped at me. He gives no warning other than some indications that he is scared, and he is pretty aggressive about it. He doesn;t want to actually bite, but he is downright scary. It has only happened once, and it is very very easy to avoid putting Sol in this place, as he responds immediately to a couple kind words. But it is something that adopters are going to have to be aware of. As long as he is not pushed into this corner, he is the sweetest most loving trusting dog. He really is the great dog I talked about when we first got him. It is a shame someone abused him badly enough to push him into this pattern. But as I say, it is an easy thing to avoid.

The other thing we've found out is that as Sol has gotten settled in here and gotten to see this as his home, he has shown his territorial and protective side. He is a great watchdog, he barks and alerts anytime anyone is in the yard or even goes down our very secluded rural street. The downside is he has connected strangers with small dogs because most of the local folks that go for a walk on our street are walking their little dogs. So Sol now sees strange small dogs as intruders and a danger he needs to protect against. Sol is no longer good with little dogs and can not be trusted with one he doesn't know. If properly introduced, he is fine. But you must control and manage the introductions very carefully. Sol is not a good dog to take to a dog park.

We will post additional photos of  Sol as time goes by, so check back often.
And if you have any questions about Sol or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-782-2242
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He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion"
- Unknown

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