Digger came into rescue with his sister Wiggles. Their owner had died and the family dumped the dogs in a shelter. In the shelter, they were so terrified they were unadoptable, so rescue took them.
Originally we wanted to adopt Digger along with his sister Wiggles. However, due to the lack of foster space and the length of time it takes to adopt pairs, we are always evaluating whether we can split up dogs that come to us together. Wiggles and Digger have shown behaviors that make us think they can now do just fine without each other so we have split them up.
Digger is a friendly, silly boy. Despite his name, he does not dig. He is loving and sweet with those he Is comfortable with. He is great at following commands and despite being a food hog, he has no food aggression. Digger is also great with other dogs of al l sizes. Even when another dog snarks at him, Digger just ignores the offender and turns his head.
Digger has been going on off leash beach hikes to help him in his weight loss program. He is wonderful with all of the large dogs that are on the trip with him. (He rides in the back with the big boys). He is less happy about his reduced portions.
Wonderful as Digger is, he has some issues due to his lack of socialization. If he is uncomfortable with a situation or an action, he will let you know by growling. If you don’t respect this growling, he will then bite. (This growling is actually a great thing. It’s much easier to have a dog that will give a warning, than those who don’t!).An example of this behavior is when we tried to put an “Adopt Me” vest on him for a walk. He was having none of it and clearly told us to back off with the vest. We put vests on the other dogs, put the leash directly on Digger’s collar and went for a walk. The next day, now that he wasn’t afraid of the vest, he had no problems with having it put on. And although you shouldn’t make Digger do something he doesn’t want to do, if you ask him to do it, he will usually comply. For example, you can’t just grab him suddenly to take him off the bed. If you tell him “let’s get down now”, he will then let you pick him up. Because of these behaviors, Digger should go to an adults only home.
Digger would like a new home that will continue to take him for walks. These not only help him with his weight, they help him get comfortable with the world. The more he gets exposed to, the fewer things scare him.
Digger crates anytime you ask him to. He is neutered and current on his vaccinations. If you are interested in Digger, please fill out anadoption application and email Lindy at firstname.lastname@example.org.