Aliases: Shadowbear, Babybear
Breed: Rottweiler mix
Favorite toy: A purple stuffed octopus
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.
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