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About Jack – PROJECT DOG

WEIGHT: 60 lbs
COAT: Smooth, short coat
COLOR: Black and white
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active Companion

Meet Jack!

Jack is approximately 4-years-old, neutered, and most likely a Border
Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. All immunizations are current. He is a
solid 60 pounds, has a soft short coat, and a docked tail. Though he
doesn’t have a long tail to wag, it’s easy to tell when he’s happy,
because he is always happy, as well as loving, playful and eager to
please his person/people. Jack is currently in a foster home but is looking for a training-savvy home or a new foster to train him and set him up with a successful future. Below is a write-up from his current foster.

“Here’s what I have observed about Jack:

Jack’s “yard” is 12 feet wide at one end, 30 feet wide at its widest point and 72 feet long. One side (the side shared with my dogs) consists of 6-foot-tall chain link connected to 6-foot-tall panels from a kennel I deconstructed. The side the faces open property is four-foot-high chain link. I check the perimeter frequently because Jack has attempted to sever the connection between the six-foot chain link and the panels. Vigilance on my part is the only thing that kept him from making the hole big enough to get through.

Access to the house is through an always open doggie door, which leads to a 12×12 enclosed porch. I leave the back door to that porch open during the day, so he has access to an indoor room.

Based on what I know about Jack’s past (very little), I would guess that the reason he injured another foster’s dog derives from the same feeling I get when I try to give him affection, and that is hyper-excitability. When I try something as innocuous as just petting Jack, he wants to play. It starts as nothing more that rubbing his body against my legs if I’m standing, or my chest if I’m down on his level. He does this in circles, with each revolution becoming more forceful. After a few of these, he starts to playfully bite at my hands while I’m trying to do nothing more than pet him. I purposely try to make the petting as boring as possible, keeping my words neutral and soothing, avoiding any action that could be construed as encouraging excitement. That does not work and within a couple of minutes, the playful nips become more aggressive. His demeanor is still happy and carefree, but his enthusiasm keeps going up, so I have to stop him and leave the room. I don’t think he would bite me with malicious intent, but I fear that he could get carried away and just “play too roughly”.

Jack is quite reactive to vehicles, even mine. Mail truck, UPS, Amazon, you name it, and Jack will bark until he can no longer see it, which is the reason he is restricted to indoors when bedtime arrives.

He is a very loving and affectionate dog and there is not a mean bone in this boy. His ideal environment would be a well fenced place with plenty of room and no distractions, as in other dogs, and someone who knows how to get the best out of him.”

Interested in a project? Want to help Jack be his best self? Send us an application and we can put you in touch with his foster!

If you are the perfect forever home for Jack, please fill out an application and contact his foster parents at curt@curtharvey.com. BRBCR’s approval process includes phone interviews, reference checks, and a home visit prior to meeting a foster dog. Approved applicants must meet at the foster dog’s location. Every adoption begins with a 2-week trial period.

Jack’s adoption fee is $300.

Thank you for considering a rescue dog!

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