ZOBOOMAFOO aka ROCKY – A1091042
Safe - 10-1-2016 Manhattan
ZOBOOMAFOO aka ROCKY – A1091042
**SAFER: EXPERIENCED HOME**
NEUTERED MALE, BLACK / WHITE, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 7 mos
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason TOO BIG
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 09/24/2016, From NY 10034, DueOut Date 09/24/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary Microchip: negative Sex: neutered male Age: reported 7m Mentation: BARH Eyes: clear Ears: clean Nose: no d/c Teeth: no staining, young If abnormal BCS: WNL Skin: WNL Hair Coat: some patches of alopecia/thinning haircoat w/o lesions, possibly from rubbing (dog rubs against furniture in room) Declawed: N/A Any injuries: no Behavior: friendly but hyper and pulls to investigate room, does not respond to commands Medication: N/A, preventatives given
A volunteer writes: Zoboomafu is a young man, well dressed, well made and healthy we host at the Manhattan Care Center. He is quite good looking and friendly although he is clearly taken aback by his abandonment. If Zoboo was a human, he would say to himself: “Why me? What did I do to deserve this ? I love my teens(Zoboo lived with 2 youngsters), my toys, my master, my family…I thought I was a good boy…. I do not want to be in a place where everything and everyone is strange to me…” Indeed, Zoboomafu could have spent the rest of his life with his family if his upbringing had been the one he was hoping for….We repeat the same old sad song again and again when we see young dogs relinquished to our care center…Puppies are not for everybody ! They deserve love , care, time, persistance and dedication to lead them to the adult stage when they will live in harmony with us, their masters…Zoboomafu was left into our care because he was …too big(????) and too active. Puppies are no couch potatoes! They also do grow… Their energy has to be channelled, managed with lots of activities and training. Zoboomafu was not even taken out regularly to become housetrained. He might have been left in the care of older teens(with whom he played exuberantly) and did not learn about limits and proper manners….Zoboo has plusses, though. He likes kids, would have no handling issues, is sociable with strangers, well behaved when left alone and very affectionate and playful. Here at the care center, Zoboo is friendly, although a little tense. He is not where he wants to be at. Too many constrains….He is not used to this….He might come accross a little head strong. He is just a puppy, though and hopefully, in caring and savvy hands, he will grow to be a great friend. He pulls a bit on the leash, does his business on the way, sits nicely on command and for treats, does not mind to be stalked by my camera, likes to be caressed, wagging away his tail and gets excited seeing other dogs. His former master did not relate to us how Zoboo was with his peers. Zoboo is a puppy, a big one but a babe anyway. He has not reached his first birthday and so deserves a chance to prove himself with the help of a new master and teacher. Second chances, new beginnings ? Are they in the cards for our Zoboomafu? Will he get the opportunity like the little Lemure to leap and prance through a new and happy life? Zobboomafu is counting on you and waiting…patiently for your venue, at the Manhattan Care Center.
Zooboomafoo came to the care center as an owner surrender on 9/24/16. Owner reported that he has been around teenagers who he enjoyed playing with, his behavior around dogs and cats is unknown. It is reported that he does not react if people approach his food bowl. Owner described his as affectionate and high energy. Upon intake he was loose and wiggly. In the assessment room he displayed high energy, jumping in a friendly manner on the people. For Look he pulled out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions. Zoboomafoo was difficult to position during Sensitivity, flinching when his collar was held, once positioned is body was soft during Sensitivity, he leaned in. For Tag he became playful, jumping on the assessor, and was a bit distracted. He gently pulled back his paw on both Squeeze attempts. He took the Toy away, body not stiff. When approaching another dog on leash, he approaches quickly, tail above spine level, body not stiff. Due to Zoboomafoo’s various instances of being uncomfortable with up close tactile handling, the Behavior Team recommends that Zooboomafoo be placed in an Experienced home. Any children in the home should have an in depth interaction with him. He would benefit from daily physical exercise, such as walks and runs, and mental stimulation, such as kongs and puzzle toys.
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, and his tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag: 2. Dog is distracted, a bit playful, grabs leash in mouth.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds.
Toy 1: 2. Dog takes toy away, keeps a firm hold. His body is between you and the toy, and he is loose and wiggly. No growling or stiffness.
Dog-Dog: When approaching another dog on leash, he approaches quickly, tail above spine level, body not stiff.
When introduced off leash to another dog in the care center, Zoboomafoo engages in rough, mouthy play. His previous owner does not cite history around dogs, so this is unknown. The behavior team recommends slow introduction with any resident dogs in a future home.
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