KENNEDY – A1069837
Safe - 4-16-2016 Manhattan
KENNEDY – A1069837
**SAFER: EXPERIENCED HOME**
MALE, GRAY, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 6 mos
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason NO TIME
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 04/09/2016, From NY 10454, DueOut Date 04/09/2016
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary Microchip: Negative Sex: Intact male Age 6 Months BARH AMBX4 Eyes: Clear / wnl Ears: Clean/ wnl Nose: Clear / wnl Teeth:WNL/clean and white BCS: 3 Skin: APH / WNL Hair Coat: WNL Any injuries: None present Behavior:Very nervous, fearful and tense during exam Medication: None NOSF
A Volunteer writes :
The name “Kennedy” makes us think of one of most charismatic, gregarious, and social presidents of all time. Well our Kennedy may currently prefer a quiet corner over center stage, but given time, we’re certain he’ll find – and adore – the spotlight. Surrendered to our care as his owner had “no time,” Kennedy is only 6 months-old but already has a hefty build and frame. On first peeking into his kennel I see only a beautiful face. My what big, floppy ears! What round eyes! Is that a button nose I see? To my untrained eye it seems a labrador retriever may be lurking somewhere in Kennedy’s family tree but who’s to really know for sure. I notice on his kennel that he is 6 months-old. Uff. I brace myself for a jumping bean, for lots of pushes, tons of pulls, and slobbery, misdirected playbites. Instead I open the door to two, quiet, shining eyes peering out at me. I dangle my leash in front of the door, “Kennedy, are you ready for our walk?” Slowly, slowwwwwly he moves forward in his kennel and bows his head. He is ready, albeit reluctant. As we head down the hall towards the street I take full notice of just how handsome our shy Kennedy really is. His coat is gleaming, he is a good healthy weight, his nails are clipped. He has been loved. Once on the street he surprises me yet again. This boy is housebroken! He clearly had business (a great deal) to attend to yet remained so quiet and calm in his kennel all along. Presidential manners. As we trot along to the park Kennedy begins to come out of his shell. He grows increasingly excited by the sights and sounds of the city and begins to pull me towards each of them. His head flips left (squirrel!) then right (two giggling young girls!). I see him taking it all in with those quiet eyes now wide and full of life. Later, free in a pen, it’s clear young Kennedy has decided I’m a friend and what do friends do? They hug! He jumps up awkwardly (dexterity will come later) and throws his front paws onto my chest. “Ahhh, so you are six months after all!” I laugh as I catch him giving me what looks like the beginnings of a naughty smile. As I sit down on the bench to search for new treats Kennedy calmly pads over to me and lays his head squarely on my knee. I look down and this time, it’s for certain. There is a definitively naughty glimmer in his eye as I rub his head. Yep, our now-not-so-shy Kennedy has me right where he wants me. He is ready for the spotlight. And I’d have it no other way. Kennedy is waiting in adoptions at Manhattan’s ACC.
Kennedy came into our center as an owner surrender on 4/9/2016. It is reported he is shy and fearful around strangers, may hide behind owners legs. He is reportedly fine with other cats and dogs. Owner reports Kennedy uses the bathroom outside on walks and also on wee wee pads indoors. During intake, Kenney kept a low body, but allowed admissions counselor to approach, wide eyed. He tolerated all petting and wagged his tail when admissions counselor spoke to him softly. Kennedy allowed his head to be cupped in assessor’s hands, alert and cautious. He stood with low body during Sensitivity item, mouth closed. Kennedy followed at the end of the leash for Tag game, body a bit low. He did not pull his paw back on both Squeeze attempts. Kennedy playfully engaged with Toy, keeping a firm grip with loose, wiggly body. When off leash with other dogs Kennedy is fearful, running away from greeting and yelping when approached. The Behavior Team feels Kennedy would do well with an Experienced adopter. He would benefit from a slow introduction/slow approach (possibly with treats) to allow him time to warm up to a new situation. After the assessment, Kennedy was offered a treat and seemed to relax, was very social, playful, wiggly. He may benefit from puppy obedience classes to become better acclimated to new situations, new people, and other dogs.
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted. His body posture is a bit tense/alert and cautious, his tail is low and not moving. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail is between his legs, body low, mouth closed
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body low and a bit fearful.
Squeeze 1 / 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. His eyes are averted and his ears are back.
Toy 1: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly. He does not place his body between you and the toy.
Dog-dog: When off leash with other dogs Kennedy is fearful, running away from greeting and yelping when approached.
When off leash with other dogs Kennedy is fearful, running away from greeting and yelping when approached.
4/11 update: Kennedy initially avoids the other dogs in the pen. When the helper dog wanders off, he approaches to sniff her from behind and eventually offers bows to solicit play.
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For more information on adopting from the NYC AC&C, or to find a rescue to assist, please read the following: http://urgentpodr.org/adoption-info-and-list-of-rescues. If you are local to the Tri-State, New England, and the general Northeast United States area, and you are SERIOUS about adopting or fostering one of the animals at NYC ACC, please read our MUST READ section for instructions, or email [email protected] Our experienced volunteers will do their best to guide you through the process. * We highly discourage everyone from trusting strangers that send them Facebook messages, offering help, for it has ended in truly tragic events.* For more info on behavior codes and ratings, please click here: http://information.urgentpodr.org/acc-placement-status-descriptions. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please see: http://information.urgentpodr.org/category/frequently-asked-questions/. You can call (212) 788-4000 for automated instructions.
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