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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Skittles

April 26th, 2013 by Laura

On Fridays we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

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Special note: Some of the animals that come to the Shelter have had a particularly hard life and are looking for an exceptional new home to help them recover and become happy, trusting and loving companions. This week’s dog is one of these special animals that desperately needs an experienced, loving person that is willing to put in the extra time to help him forget about his past.

Hi! My name is Skittles and I’m a handsome, 2 year old fawn Pug/Chihuahua mix. I have big, soft eyes and the sweetest face that will just melt your heart. And at 20 pounds, I’m just the right size.

Skittles 2I had a rough start in life, and am looking for a second chance with someone who has the patience to help me learn to trust people. I’m insecure around new people, and really don’t like when they reach for me, even if they have a tasty treat in their hand. Yes, I really want the treat, but I’m conflicted and will growl or even snap at strangers hoping that they’ll just go away. I’m also fearful of feet if they get too close, because hands and feet were not very nice to me in my prior life. Because of this, I will require an adult only adopter with experience in working with fearful dogs like myself.

I really do want to be the friendly little social guy that likes everyone, but for now, I’m learning to make friends one by one. I completely trust my foster family and show none of these behaviors with them. I’ve also had some dog sitters, who, after a couple days, I totally trusted and bonded with them. I also trust that my new family will ask people to ignore me so I have a chance to get to know them at my own pace. My foster family is very good about protecting me, and letting people know how to approach. I will make a wonderful companion for someone with the patience to continue working on making me the confident fellow I know I can be.

Skittles 3Once I get to know you, be careful, because I have will love you to pieces! In my new home, I’d love to have a backyard (I might even put it on my Must Have list!) as I now know how to play fetch and do it with energy and speed. I spent my summer weekends going on hikes and I’m quite the athlete. I can climb rocks and go for several miles (one time I went 10 miles and I could have done more!) I can be a totally silly boy; I roll around and play with my favorite ball. I pick up my fleece toys and fling them across the room! I’m guaranteed to make you laugh! I am working on training and know: Sit, Stay, Down, Touch and am learning Shake. Oh! And I come when called!

I would like to be an only dog because I can be reactive to other dogs. I’m not a dog you can take to the dog park, or hang out at cafes with, but I’m perfectly content staying at home and going for walks in quiet neighborhoods. I also need a kid-free household – too many arms and legs waving about (from my point of view!) Dog-savvy cats would be fine. I know I’m the perfect dog for someone out there. Are you my perfect new family looking to invest some time into giving me a second chance?

Skittles (SAS #12-5651) is being adored in a SAS foster home. If you would like to meet this dog, you must submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submission via email or fax. If you have general questions about this dog, you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294

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