Our first service dog trainee from Dogs for Autism was McIver. He turned out to be a very peculiar dog and was released from the program. He went back to our director who found him a home. However, the 20-something year old didn't listen to what he was told and returned him. The 20-something year old was very experienced with Germies and we thought would've been a good match.
At any rate, McIver's peculiarities include being a major homebody. He has NO desire to be away from home and what he knows. It makes him very uncomfortable.
He also has NO clue why God made "little people" (children). He is very uneasy around children.
And finally, he just wants to be left alone. He isn't one of these dogs you take to PetSmart to show him off. When people come to your house, he must be crated in a back room. He likes it that way and that is what matters.
He wants to be at home, preferably a farm type setting with lots of land to roam. The land should be fenced because people easily mistake our black Shepards as coyotes or wolves or something and well you know what that can lead to.
He LOVES sticks. He is incredibly well-behaved and, frankly, an easy dog if you follow these simple rules. He listens and wants to please his "person". He is good with other dogs and cats. He is very mellow and incredibly faithful. He's never suffered any trauma or abuse as he was born into our program. The pictures below are from before he turned 1. He will be 2 in October. Since I took these pictures, he developed little brown spots under his eyes. Very cute.
I want him back. In fact, my husband and I were heartbroken when he was released and we had to switch dogs. However 4 dogs would probably be overwhelming. Our program director already has several Germies and we want someone that will love him and work him like he would enjoy.
Can you help me get the word out? He is a very special guy and deserves a very special place in this world.