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Dog: Shadow the Rottweiler mix

Shadow the Rottweiler mix

Shadow the Rottweiler mix

Aliases: Shadowbear, Babybear

Breed: Rottweiler mix

Favorite toy: A purple stuffed octopus

Owners: Adam

ASPCA personality Type:

Goofball – I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a great sense of humor and some time to spend with me. I’m a dog on a mission to please you.

Appearance:  B

She looks just like a Rottweiler, except she’s too small, has a little patch of white on her chest, and has a weird fuzzy tail that curls over top of her back like a question mark. We’re not sure what other breed of dog she is.

Friendliness (People): A

Shadow is an attention hog. I’ll be petting my other dog and she’ll rush in, push him out of the way, and put herself underneath my hand. She also flops down immediately because she loves belly rubs — she has a skin allergy and likes being scratched. She’s very patient and will let humans do anything to her, as long as they’re paying her mind.

Friendliness (Dogs): D

But when it comes to other dogs that aren’t the one she lives with, she gets extremely aggressive and territorial. It takes a lot of careful pack leadership on my part to get her to coexist with other dogs. She comes around eventually, but usually begrudgingly.

Special Talents: B

We taught her what we call an “up-up”, which is where she sits on her tail and lifts up her front paws before we give her a nighttime treat. I’ve been slowly teaching her how to stay on command. She also has a great knack for manipulating my other dog into playing with her, mostly by raising false alarms about lizards in the backyard.

Begging for Food: B

Shadow is smart and manipulative. She knows who the easiest target is and begs with those big brown eyes of hers. The fact that she’s a tank of about seventy pounds (mostly muscle, but some fat now that she’s getting older) doesn’t seem to stop the weakest link in the family from feeding her.

Overall Grade: B

Dog: Sparky the Australian Shepherd/Dalmatian mix

Sparky the Australian Shepherd/Dalmatian mix

Aliases: Sparkles, Sparklebutt, Spark Plug, Batdog

Breed: Australian Shepherd/Dalmatian mix

Favorite toy: Human feet

Owners: Adam

ASPCA personality Type:
Constant Companion – Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever.

Appearance:  B

He’s got the most expressive face I’ve ever seen on a dog, and his ears make him look like a bat. But he does resemble a cow. Also, when he was a puppy, the muscles in his ears weren’t quite strong enough to support themselves, so he had floppy ears for a long time. They grew at different rates, though, and one ended up standing up before the other, so for a while he had one floppy ear and one straight ear! I’ve always been disappointed he outgrew that.

Friendliness (People): B

Sparky loves people, particularly people with bare skin, which he will lick until the skin rubs off. He only actively seeks out people he trusts, though.

Friendliness (Dogs): B

With other dogs, he warms up to them quickly, but seems okay with or without their company.

Special Talents: CHe thinks he’s a great lizard hunter, but he’s not.

Begging for Food: C

Sparky has no shame about begging. He lays his chin on your knee and stares at you with his doleful brown eyes, without blinking. He’s also smart enough to know who’s the easiest target in the room.

Other important information:

He’s named after Sparky the Sun Devil, Arizona State University’s mascot.

Overall Grade: B

Dog: Floyd the Doberman

Doberman Pinscher

Floyd the Doberman

Aliases: Beastie, Ninja

Breed: Doberman Pinscher

Favorite toy: X-L Kong

Owner: Laura

ASPCA personality Type: Constant Companion – Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever.

Appearance:  A
He is perfectly proportioned, has the sweetest big brown eyes and is always shiny as a penny.

Friendliness (People): A
Friendliness (Dogs): C
He loves people, barks and jumps, sniffs and licks with the obvious first-time-visit apprehensiveness. He won’t leave you alone and follows you everywhere, including the toilet to make sure you don’t fall down! However on the lead, with other dogs he will growl and bark, but with our other dog, Reg, he’s happy as larry.

Special Talents: B
He can steal anything and everything and you won’t even know it! We call him ninja because although he’s a huge dog, he’ll climb on the sofa or bed and you won’t even notice.

Begging for Food: A
He stands in front of you whilst you’re eating and politely lays his head on your knee looking at you with big, needing eyes. He also slobbers over your knee so you have no choice but to give him some!

Overall Grade: A-

Dog: Prince the Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Prince the Shih Tzu

Aliases: Principe, Bitchass, Falkor, Stinky, Stinkipe, Beastipe, Falkorino,

Breed: Shih Tzu

Favorite toy: Socks

Owner: Kristin

ASPCA personality Type: Free Spirit – Intelligent, independent, confident and clever, I prefer making my own decisions but will listen to you if you make a good case. We’re partners in this adventure. Treat me like one and we’ll both live happily ever after.

Appearance:  A

Um because Prince is adorable and insanely photogenic. Also he rocks the bow tie like nobody else and he has a sassy personality that one ups yours.

Friendliness (People): B

Friendliness (Dogs): C

Prince is prickly. He’s like a cactus. You have to cut through his spiky exterior to find the nourishing flesh inside. Cute and cuddly with other canines on his own terms.

Special Talents: C

He can sit, he can lay down, he can speak, he can dance (for food).

Begging for Food: B

Prince’s begging is successful when mom isn’t looking.

Other important information: Prince is one sexy animal and he is sass master extraordinaire and that’s why he wins all the awards.

Overall Grade: B

Dog: Willie Booker Bennett the Schnoodle

Schnoodle

Willie Booker Bennet the Schnoodle

Breed: Schnoodle

Favorite toy: Tennis ball

Owners: Anonymous

ASPCA personality Type: Constant Companion – Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever.

Appearance:  B

He would be a 5 but he loves to roll in nasty, smelly things when we let him loose in the neighborhood, but he’s adorable nonetheless!

Friendliness (People): B

Every now and then he will bark at a stranger, more than than he does now.

Friendliness (Dogs): C

He loves to play with other dogs when his tennis ball isn’t around. If it is, he only wants me to throw it and will pitch a fit if another dog gets it or even comes near it.

Special Talents: A

Willie can do countless tricks like sit, lay down, roll over, shake, come, stay and give kisses, but his best trick is getting shot. I can point a pretend hand gun at him and say ʺBANG!ʺ and he will fall over and lay there.

Anytime there is a place too high for him to jump, I will get on my hands and knees and he will jump on my back and up to where he wanted.

He can also catch any tennis ball in the air before it bounces. BUT he is very obsessive with his tennis ball.

Begging for Food: A

Any food I drop, I will call him over to clean it off and then he will stay and wait for more. We are very bad about giving it to him, so I don’t blame him.

Other important information: He does shed but not a lot and he is hypoallergenic. He is very good with kids!

Overall Grade: B+

Dog: Abraham Flowers the Rottie Mix

Abraham Flowers the Rottie Mix

Aliases: Baby Abey, Abergobbles, Jolly Bastard

Breed: Rottie mix

Owners: anonymous

ASPCA personality Type: Constant Companion – Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever.

Appearance:  A

Abraham is one handsome mofo. He is easily the most beautiful person in our household, but he doesn’t let it go to his big, manly square head. Also, sometimes he’s a bumblebee.

Friendliness (People):  B

Friendliness (Dogs):  A

The only people that Abraham doesn’t like are people in wheelchairs and weirdos. Also, he humps puppies…so maybe he needs to stop and reflect on who the actual weirdo is.

Special Talents: B

This guy can sit pretty!

Begging for Food: B

Cuddles are his food.

Other important information:

He’s pretty much the greatest.

Overall Grade: B+

Dogs: Einstein and Libby the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (It’s a Two-fer Tuesday!)

Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Favorite toy: Whale Shark – stuffed toy

Owners: Andrew & Amber

ASPCA personality Type: Constant Companion – Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever.

Appearance:  A

Cavaliers are known for the long ears, feathering on their paws, and of course, those big eyes that most people just melt after seeing.

Friendliness (People): A

If you have a hand to lend, or lap to lay in, it doesn’t matter who you are. They want you to feel warm and welcome.

Friendliness (Dogs): B

This breed doesn’t always see eye to eye with other dogs. They will most likely be the first bark at a passing dog just because they can.

Special Talents: D

This breed needs lots of training for it to truly perform.  They are motivated by treats, so you might get some sit, lay, and maybe an occasional stay, but as for showman ship, they just have no interest in the spot light.

Begging for Food: C

This breed can easily become beggers simply because they like to be at your feet, especially when you’re sitting at a table.  However, unless the owner is a willing participant, they would much rather be near you then having to beg for food.

Other important information:

This breed is fantastic for families with small children, older parents, or singles who have time to be around the dog.  They don’t do well by themselves all day.  They’re one of the breeds that does well in packs, so most Cavalier owners have two or more dogs running around the house.

One interesting note is that they are originally a British breed.  Named for King Charles II and have blood lines dating back to the late 1600’s.  They were once used as hunting dog.  Trained to go down rabbit holes, fox holes, and chase some squirrels to low level trees, they became an indoor breed once the Terrier made its way into the hunting scene.

Beloved for their loyalty, many in Europe’s royalty class demanded they were part of their families.  Many castles still hang portraits of the Cavalier that date over 1000 years old.

Overall Grade:  B


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