January 12, 2009
Meet Russell the Brussels!
is a 3-year-old rough-coated Brussels Griffon rescued from a puppy
mill. He weighs around 14 pounds. He is the ultimate couch potato;
his idea of exercise is to follow his foster mom around in hopes
that she'll sit down so he can climb up in her lap. Sleeping and
eating are his two favorite pastimes, followed by car rides and
chewing on rawhides. He just recently started showing an interest
in squeaky toys, and he will probably play with them more frequently
as soon as his foster siblings stop stealing them from him.
Russell is currently being fostered with three other small dogs.
He is submissive, and lets his foster siblings boss him around.
In spite of being fostered with some yap-masters, Russell doesn't
appear to be a particularly yappy dog, barking only when the others
bark and quieting down quickly at his foster mom's command.
Leash training is coming along slowly; Russell gets nervous and
will try to walk in circles around his foster mom while she is
walking, or literally walk on the back of her feet, or continuously
try to jump up in her arms during the walk. This behavior may
tone down once he settles in to his new home, but his foster mom
thinks an obedience class would help build Russell's confidence
in this area.
Russell's housetraining is progressing well. His foster mom keeps
him on a schedule, and takes him outside whether he shows signs
of needing to go or not. Going potty outside is a forced issue
right now because, a.) Russell is co-dependent and does not like
to be separated from his foster mom, and b.) he really hates the
cold. His foster mom used to go outside with him, but found that
he preferred to spend his time following her around the yard than
actually going to the bathroom on his own. She currently has to
pick him up and carry him outside when she lets the other dogs
out. He squats when he urinates, and does not mark in the house.
Russell is crate-trained to a wire crate. His foster mom was told
when she got him that he does not like being in enclosed pet carriers,
so she has never tried him in one. He is crated for up to 5 hours
at a time during the day, and will sleep through the night in
a crate next to his foster mom's bed. He keeps his crate clean.
Russell would make a delightful addition to any calm household
with a lot of time and attention to offer him. In return he will
give lots of Griffy hugs, ear washes, and undying devotion as
your snuggle buddy of a lifetime.
Russell is neutered, microchipped, current on his vaccinations,
heart worm negative and is on preventative. He is located in Wichita,
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 21, 2009
Russell has been Adopted!
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