||8 Year(s) 3 Month(s) Old
Hi! My name is Garth. I'm sometimes called Garth-a-mus or Grumpleupagus because of my muppet-esque look and demeanor.
I was rescued after I was found abandoned in an apartment with another small dog. For whatever reason, though we got along great, she was happy go lucky and I actually have some anxiety left from the experience.
That anxiety requires treatment with Prozac and a very patient person who can continue to slowly build my confidence and trust. Since going on medication, I have been more comfortable with my fosters handling me. Every day they pet and scratch me a little more and more and I am learning to like it. They recognize my body language telling them I’m a little scared and they slow down or stop before it gets to be too much for me. I’ll hop in their lap now to make sure they don’t forget our petting sessions. I like to lick their hands and face because it gives them the giggles. My fosters “yays” and claps when they like what I’m doing which is really cool. I still don’t like being picked up, being off my feet is scary.
I also have a hard time regrouping if I’ve been startled. This can be if someone knocks on the door or if I’m asleep and startled awake. My fosters make sure to call my name to wake me up before interacting with me. I can be barky and on alert until I understand there is no threat. I like toys and treats and they can help redirect my attention. My fosters leave my crate door open so I can go in there to feel safe when I need to.
My fosters have a REALLY big dog and a couple of cats. I’ve learned that cats can be okay and we can hang out together without bothering each other. I am learning to like playing with the big guy though. He can be a lot of fun and we keep our fosters busy since we both want to play with them at the same time. I’ll drop my toy in their lap or at their feet and sit pretty to get them to play with me. My favorite activity is taking long naps on the sofa. So, so nice. I also like to play with other dogs my size and would do well in a home with them but I can also be on my own as well. While I enjoy spending quality time with my people friends, I am also content to spend time on my own as I have an independent spirit.
I'm a happy go lucky guy when I am able to be independent. I'm more of a let's hang out as pals kind of dog, rather than a lap lover or cuddler. I'm perfectly happy to follow you around, watch what you are doing, and going on outings like buddies.
I am looking for a forever home with an experienced family. This is an absolute must. Because my past is unknown we don't really know why I have a few issues. The more comfortable I feel the more I come out of my shell. I play more. I interact more. I relax more.
Even though I do get along with others, due to my size, age, personality, and anxiety, I would do best in a home without children.
My foster parents have helped me to learn manners or what we call 'Petiquette' and how to be calm though I still sometimes have trouble controlling my excitement and impulses. When socializing I have a hard time with new people so I will need someone who is willing to let others know that I am your buddy, but not everyone's buddy if you know what I mean.
I know basic commands and I 'sit pretty' to get my meals, treats, or toys. I love to go on walks but I am still working on how a harness feels. With the right one, I do great though! I am also crate trained and love to have my personal space. Oh, and I also love to jump and dance when I achieve something I'm a bit nervous about. My favorite words to hear are 'YOU DID IT!' :)
If you think we may be a good match, or you would like to get to know me better, please complete an application (click the button below) and you will be contacted to set up a date.
PS: My vaccinations are up to date, I am microchipped & neutered, and my teeth have been cleaned :)
Due to home introductions that are part of the adoption process, we can only accept applications for interested parties who are in or near San Diego County, California at this time.