born ~September 2016
Introducing Troy! Troy Boy is one of the big guys at a solid 65lbs. He’s just about a year old and still might fill out a little, but he probably won’t get much past 70lbs. This big ol’ lab mix is such a goof! It’s too cute to watch him gallop sloppily after his toys, showing that he is definitely a puppy at heart!
Now that Troy has been in a loving foster home for a decent amount of time, he’s gotten used to the household appliances; nothing scares him anymore! Well, except for the washer when it gets off balance… that freaks him out a little. The TV no longer peaks his curiosity and things have been much smoother for the past month or so.
If you have cats, you can still have Troy! Funny enough, he’s afraid of them. Dog friends are his preferred play partners (or people, of course) and he gets along with everyone. Troy will need a household that either has another playful pal to entertain him or an active family to keep him exercised. He currently goes on a 4 mile run a few times a week and makes for a fabulous running partner. Sure, he gets distracted sometimes, but for the most part, his leash manners are superb! When it comes to toys, he doesn’t like to share. He isn’t rude about it, he’s just that dog who doesn’t know what his toy of choice is until another dog comes around and picks it up… yup – he only wants what is unavailable!
Reading other pups’ cues is not one of Troy’s strengths, so he does best with dogs who are just as active as him. It’s not that he means to be rude, but playing is his top priority and he assumes all other dogs want to play all the time too! His current best friends are family members of Foster Mom who he gets to visit – large, playful, labs and boxers. Structured introductions aren’t necessary and he is a great dog park dog, which would also help with his release of energy. New dogs and people don’t scare him as he trots right up and is super-duper friendly with all. You’ll also notice how derpy he is – falling down stairs, running into things, tripping over his own feet… but it just makes for the cutest combo! His body is kind of awkwardly long too, so maybe that explains it? When it’s time to settle down, he will cuddle right on into your lap and will just snuggle with you for as long as you’ll lie there. He truly is an absolute sweetie.
We are happy to report that Troy is fully housebroken! His signaling could still use some work, but he knows that the potty is outside. When he has to go, he will whine just a little so as long as you are paying attention, you can tell when it’s time to take him out. There hasn’t been an accident in who know how long! He is also completely crate trained and does just fine when left alone.
While Troy settles in, you can see the wheels turning as he learns that he doesn’t need to be at Foster Mom’s side for every waking moment (but, of course, that is his preferred zone). While he may appear a little on the needy side, he just wants to show you how much he absolutely loves you; he’ll pull at your heart strings with how incredibly loving he is. You can’t even shower without him poking his head in to say hi! Water is another thing Troy has taken a liking to, so why should you get to have all the fun without him!?
If you’re looking for a large dog who just LOVES toys, Troy is perfect. Whether it’s ropes, stuffed animals, balls, bones – he loves them all! Fetch is his new-found love and man-oh-man will he play that forever. With a household that can provide another playful 4-legged friend or an active lifestyle, Troy will fit in just fine 🙂
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