January 20, 2009
(pronounced Nee-co) is a 2 year old red rough Brussels Griffon
who weighs about 15 pounds. A humane neighbor in Portland, OR
rescued Nico, just before the New Year. His former family neglected
Nico, and even though the home included children and cats, he
rarely was allowed to play with them. He was either outside all
day in the cold and rain without shelter, or crated inside at
night (in a very small crate) with a blanket over it.
Needless to say Nico is happy to be ‘FREE’. He is very good at
escaping (probably a learned behavior from his past), but his
foster mom is noting improvement. He is training very easily on
most things. He was house trained within two days of being fostered,
by use of a doggie door that he had never been introduced to before.
His barking behavior has also improved significantly and Nico
usually quiets down upon command.
Nico enjoys playing with other dogs and cats, but is still a bit
rough with them. Some smaller dogs and cats may not be so accepting
of his roughhousing. Nico expects full use of the couch, bed and
any other furniture he can get onto. Although he has been crated
much of his first 2 years of life, he still goes to his crate
willingly while you are gone and at bedtime. His foster mom and
dad have allowed him to sleep on the bed a few times, and during
the night he sometimes jumps down and goes to his crate at the
side of the bed.
While Nico is crate trained, he still very much prefers you to
be home. He is a lover, and willingly shows it by standing up
tall on his back legs and prancing around next to you, so that
he may be closer to give you a kiss. He’s quite the little circus
performer and bounces 360’s, army crawls, and log rolls all over
the place during play time. He plays well with people and races
around the house as fast as he can. Nico loves squeaky stuffed
animals and is particular to his little ‘Piggy’. He also enjoys
rawhides and his Kong.
Leash training was accomplished very quickly as well, and Nico
thoroughly enjoys taking walks with his foster parents. He is
a very smart little guy and knows wrong from right. Sometimes
wrong actions get the best of Nico still, and he gravitates to
the wastebasket to shred that wonderful tissue or paper towel
to bits (and eat some, too)! He loves paper… and the chase is
Nico rides well in the car – and absolutely would rather go with
you for a ride than stay at home. Nico has no problem putting
his shirt and harness on when it’s time to go ‘bye bye’ – either
for a walk or ride in the car. He still has separation anxiety,
though, and needs some further time and training to keep from
barking when you leave him in the car alone. He adores being the
center of attention and wants to please everyone and anyone he
comes in contact with.
Last but not least – Nico has received his first hair cut, and
passed with amazing results. He holds still during the process
and very quickly adjusted to the noise of the clippers and scissors.
He’s a great little guy – and would love to be placed into a family
with children and/or dogs that share his eagerness to play hard.
Nico is neutered, microchipped,, and up to date on all vaccinations.
He is located in Salem, Oregon.
If you are
interested in adoption please fill out our Adoption Application. If you would like more information, please contact
Keep in mind
that we prefer to place dogs within driving distance of where
they are being fostered. If someone from outside the local area
is approved for adoption, they must be willing to fly in to get
the dog and that can only happen if the dog is stable enough to
travel in the cabin with the passenger.
February 12, 2009
Nico has been Adopted!
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