Bear, 9 month old black lab

January 6, 2018

Hi Everyone!  My name is Bear and I am looking for my forever home! I am a handsome 9-month-old boy who came to Brookline as an owner surrender to a shelter.  I didn’t have much training, but I have learned so much since joining my foster family!  You see, my manners weren’t so good when they first brought me home, but I am learning every day!

I know most of my basic commands, like “come, sit and down”.  I will do anything for a treat.  I love my crate too.  I can sleep in there all night long, and have spent time in there while my foster family works too. But I am ready to go when they come home!  My foster parents are also grateful that I haven’t had an accident in the house…not even one!  I just go to the door and maybe paw at it, or give a soft wine, and then out the door I go to do my business.   I only jump once in a while, when I am really excited, but stop right away if you don’t like it.  I forget how big I am sometimes.  You see, I am just so happy to be around people!  During the holidays my foster family had company and I was loving it up, going from person to person, even kids, for my pat on the head.  And just give me a marrow bone and I will be occupied for hours.

I am a very vocal boy and have learned a lot about my inside voice and the “quiet” command.  I used to bark every time I didn’t get my way, but FM says that has gotten a lot better.  I may sniff the edge of the counter once in a while but I behave in the kitchen.  Boy that dishwasher smells good when foster mom is loading it.  You can usually catch me stealing a sniff there tooJ

I do get a little distracted when I am outside, though.  Boy, I love being outside playing with my foster family or chasing a leaf that blows my way.  You see, I am still a big baby, and I have so much energy!  We are working on my outside manners too.  I pull a little on the leash until I settle in, so I will continue to need some help with that.  FM says I will someday be a great walker, I just need practice.  When I am off leash, I do get curious.  I haven’t gone too far, but since I get a little excited, I am best if you have some kind of a fence.

I am good in the car, but it is best if someone is in the back seat with me or I am buckled in with my harness.  And the Vet?  The Groomer? No problem, I stay a happy boy and don’t get scared at all!

Oh, and speaking of all that energy…I will need someone who is willing to be the pack leader and work with me.  Like I said, I am a big puppy and will need some patience and teaching until I grow up.  Oh, and exercise too.  Once I get that, I am a big couch potato, and I love to snuggle for a nap.

Do you think you could provide me with my furever home?