Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Halo Needs a New Home

When my last dog died, I quickly decided to pick up the pieces and rescue a new dog. I found Halo on Halo Animal Rescue's website and talked Joshua into spending his lunch hour meeting him. We both loved him right away. As a puppy, he was found with a broken leg near a freeway. Halo Animal Rescue takes in hard luck cases like our dog Halo that may otherwise just be euthanized. I was so smitten with their operation that I chose to name our dog after them.

We were delighted with Halo. He was/is a highly spirited dog. Joshua enjoyed playing with him in the yard and I enjoyed cuddling with him on the couch. We spent 2 happy years as a threesome with no real problems.

Then, we brought home our first baby. He was upset from the very start.  We rearranged to help ensure boundaries. We put up baby gates early. We kept him at a distance and monitored interactions closely. We tried to walk him one to two times a day to get out his energy and gave him plenty of time in the yard. After adding a second baby and having our first grow into a toddler, things became more complicated. Trying to keep track of all three of them is tough.

A series of small, bad choices on our part culminated to Halo biting our toddler. We take the blame. It is not in his nature to bite. But, we have come to the conclusion that we are not capable of taking care of him and our children too. He will do better in a home where he is the shining star - no children and probably no other pets.

Halo is potty trained and crate trained. He doesn't mind being in his crate and in fact goes in there all on his own. The crate can go with him. He has thick blonde and white fur that is quite pretty when he is groomed. He was a rescue, so we have no idea of his exact breed. Our best guess is an Akita or Siberian Husky mixed with a Shepherd. He weighs around 55 pounds and is 5 years old. He is healthy. He loves to play with toys, go on walks and cuddle. We walk him on a gentle leader. He is an affectionate dog. He has never been aggressive toward anyone but our toddler, even at big family gatherings with lots of people and kids. But, we think that he would do best in a home with no children or pets. He is an AWESOME guard dog. He doesn't bark at the postman. But, he does bark if someone comes anywhere near our house at night. He has made us feel very safe in our urban neighborhood. We are willing drive him to a neighboring state if we need to in order to place him in the best home possible - Arizona, Southern California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado or New Mexico.

If you or someone you know would make a good home for Halo, please leave a comment here and I will get in touch with you.


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