Hi! I'm West! I'm a terrific guy looking for the right home!
I'm a 1-year-old Shepherd mix, about 57 lbs. of eager-to-please! I know all my basic commands and I love my foster sibling kitty. I'd love to play with him 24/7 if I had the chance, but I also know he needs some "me time," so I now know how to give him some kitty space.
My person adopted me late last year, and I heard she was a veteran dealing with some medical problems. She trained me really well as a guide dog and and an "equalizer" and a soothing comfort for her sleep problems. I was really good at that, so I might make someone a really great service dog! But one day she wasn't here anymore and everybody was crying --- so I'm now in an amazing foster home with incredibly wonderful people who are now working to find me my new peeps, wherever they are in this world. Hey, maybe it's you!
Because I'm still a young dude, I have my occasional puppy moments -- but I'm now potty-trained, I sleep through the night, and I don't stir until my foster folks get up --- even if it's late in the morning (they work at night sometimes). I love being on the bed with everybody, but I've also learned that the bed in my foster home is Kitty Territory. I'm such a snuggler and a complete love, though, that it would be really cool if my new peeps would let me snuggle on the bed with them. I mean, a dog can ask, right?
They say I'm good being left alone in the house for a couple of hours. Even though I'm technically a puppy, I haven't chewed anything up in the house, and that's great.
My foster dad took me on a long hike the other day, and he trusted me so much that I got to go off-leash! I respond to voice recall and whistling, and I'm always checking back on the trail to make sure everybody's all together in one place and within sight and calling distance.
OK, I must admit I bark when some people approach me, but you'll notice my tail is wagging the whole time! I'm learning that jumping on people is a no-no, and that's cool.
I love my toys! I love my doggie bed! If you tell me to Stay, I'll stay until I'm told it's OK to eat my waiting bowl of food and/or jump out of the car. I love it when people have a loving tone and lots of praise. My foster folks haven't yet tested me for being in a crate or for being with kids, but they'll keep you posted. But I play well with a lot of dogs in my neighborhood, and that's fun for me!
An ideal home for me would have a fully-fenced back yard, and my peeps would take me on daily runs, walks and hikes to honor my puppyness. I've got a neat harness and I walk well on leash without pulling. I even walked by a chicken coop and responded to my foster mom's Leave It and returned to her side with minimal fanfare. She says I'm a good boy, and I'm pretty sure she's right!
Not only that, but I think living with another dog would be so much fun. We can play tug-o-war with my rubber frisbee!
Check out my cool video below and you can see me in action!
So hey, if you want more info about me, go to the top toolbar, click Adopt, click Dog Application, fill it out and send it in. A nice volunteer from Summit Dog Rescue will get back to you as soon as they can.