I stopped by the local shelter this weekend and met a wonderful little boy that needs a new home. His name is PJ (short for Prince John) and he’s a 10.5-year-old black & cream dapple. He’s very friendly with a very waggy tail. He’s sweet, affectionate and very food oriented. He was in only one home over his life. The owner had to give him and his “pack” up due to financial reasons. He’s good with other dogs–not aggressive, but also not overly curious.
I noticed that PJ had a very short attention span and could use some good old basic obedience training (sit, stay, leave it). He’s purported to know his name, know “go outside” and “come,” but he seemed…um…stubborn about commands (“hm…are you asking ME something…nah…couldn’t be…”). I wasn’t sure if he was hard of hearing or just had “selective dachshund hearing” that we typically see in our favorite breed!
PJ was in a four-dog household, and kept outside in a fenced yard most of the day. I don’t know if he’s completely housebroken (he did have an accident when I was visiting with him), so you might have to spend some time with him to get him acclimated to your household rules. He’s not hyper like some doxies can be, but he can be a bit of a whiner at times. He doesn’t seem to play much…he didn’t seem interested in anything but food and treats.
I do have to say that I was tempted to take home this boy. He is calm, sweet and seemingly happy. But we’re a one-dog family and we’re going to stay that way. While I think he’d be fine in a multi-dog household, I’d love to see this little boy in an environment where he can be showered by love and attention. If you’re looking for a really sweet dachshund to add to your home, this little guy could be it.
He’s at the Animal Rescue League of NH in Bedford, NH and was available as of yesterday.
11/11/2010 Update: It looks like PJ has been adopted! YAY!!!!