Hi there! I’m the sweet, smart, and sometimes sassy Jack! I am waiting to find a patient, loving family to call my very own.
Phew! I’ve been waiting for my chance at adoption since the beginning of 2021, when Animal Aid first brought me into their foster program from Multnomah County Animal Services. Shortly after I was brought into foster care, I started displaying some interesting behavioral challenges. We soon discovered that I had low-grade mast cell cancer. Once we had some growths removed and began treating my other symptoms, I started to become a much happier pup!
All of our animals are vaccinated, treated for parasites, microchipped, spayed or neutered, and cats are tested for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLv). All animals receive any necessary veterinary care (dentals, etc.) until the time of adoption.
With the help of my very kind and patient fosters, I have been able to learn so much to set me up for success in a furever home. While I can have some challenging moments, I am a very smart pup that will do just about anything for a yummy treat. I am hoping to find a family that is just as patient with me as my fosters have been, so that I can continue growing my trust in humans and live a comfortable, confident, and happy life! Due to my occasional behavioral challenges, I am not the best fit for a lot of younger children; however, I have learned to adore snuggling up with my foster’s young niece who is very sweet, a great listener, and especially respectful to me.
Likes: I absolutely love treats! Even if I get in one of my grumpy moods, I am pretty easy to win over with a yummy snack. I am an incredibly food-motivated pup, which helps tremendously when it comes to learning new tricks or behaviors. I could learn just about anything! I also love to play fetch and tug with my favorite toys, cuddling up with my favorite people, and running around with doggy friends. I really love to be warm: Since it’s started to get cold, my favorite thing is sleeping in front of a radiant heat lamp. I love it so much my fosters sometimes have trouble keeping me away from the cozy heat. I can’t wait until it’s summertime again so I can enjoy some more sunbathing. I also LOVE the beach! I discovered sand just this year, and I can run very fast on it! I prefer calmer dogs that are respectful of my space and don’t steal my favorite toys.
Dislikes: I have handling sensitivities! I can get pretty spicy if I am being touched in certain areas of my body, but it can also really just depend on the day or situation. I am not a fan of being left alone and would prefer to be with you at all times. I really don’t like being cold or wet. I’d rather not go out in the rain. Although my fosters have introduced me to coats, I don’t seem to enjoy them. I also have gotten into some feisty situations getting tangled in a few harnesses, so my fosters have done a great job working with me on a harness that requires minimal handling. It’s possible this coat and harness sensitivity may be a result of some discomfort they bring because of my medical condition, which you can read more about below. My least favorite thing in the whole world is being touched or bothered when I am curled up under the covers! It’s best to call me to come out of my cozy blanket burrow, rather than attempt pulling me out yourself.
Medical: I have a history of mast cell cancer growths, which can reoccur. According to our vets, there is a low risk of these growths complicating my quality of life, as they can be removed if they come back. The growths can cause me to be quite itchy at times, so I take some medicine to help with that (the itchies might also be why I don’t like harnesses or coats very much). We were told that there is a low risk of these growths spreading to my liver or spleen. I am currently taking a few different medications to help manage my behavioral and medical needs and I am pretty good at taking my pills, especially if accompanied with a delicious treat!
Helping Hands Grants: Due to Jack’s medical and behavioral needs, Animal Aid is offering a $500 annual grant to assist in the costs of his ongoing medical care. Additionally, we are offering a one-time $500 grant to work with the Certified Veterinary Behaviorist and Certified Trainers at Synergy Behavior Solutions to set him and his furever family up for lasting success.
Approx. Date of Birth: 7/1/2015 Weight: 18 lbs