Meet Duke! He is a male silver Labrador Retriever approximately four years old. He was rescued by WCLRR when we were notified the owner was moving and needed him picked up right away. We were concerned Duke would be left at the abandoned property.
Duke came to the rescue extremely timid. We imagine Duke was used as a breeder, and he was never giving attention, toys, or training. However, Duke has begun to trust people and is learning how to live in a family environment. Within a few days, he started picking up toys in the house that are readily available to him. He is also learning to play with the other foster dogs.
Duke is happiest when he is lying by your side or at your feet. He is still unsure about the outdoors and needs to be coaxed outside to do his business and play. Once he is out, he does fine.
Duke needs a patient family, on the quieter side, no small children or too much activity. He has become a total Velcro dog with his foster mom. Duke is learning each day and becoming more secure and confident. But, it will take time, and he may always be on the shy side.
When Duke arrived, he had a lot of hair loss, and his fur was coarse and rough. However, with a good diet of quality food and some fish oil, his coat is starting to come back and will be beautiful once again. Duke is also on the thin side and could stand to gain a little weight. However, he has a healthy appetite and has loved mealtimes.
Duke has shown no signs of toy or food guarding and currently eats right alongside all dogs in his foster home. Duke sleeps all night on a dog bed right next to his foster mom without making a peep. Duke is working on his housebreaking and doing great. His new family will have to work with him on this, especially since he does not like going outside on his own. Taking him out on a leash at first will assist in accomplishing this.
Duke was recently neutered, up to date on his shots, and microchipped.