#2879 – L-Train

Status:   Adopted

Status: Adopted
Type: Sable & White
Age: 9 Years
Birthday: October 10, 2001
Gender: Male
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Good with children: Yes with gentle, respectful children
Good with other dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Unknown
Housebroken: Yes
Foster Location: Cambridge, MN
Special needs: He is being treated for Lyme disease, but is expected to make a full recovery. He guards his toys.
Adoption requirements:
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Description: A bad economy causes suffering for all. Rescue groups are particularly aware of this as they encounter more and more dogs who are being surrendered because their owners are no longer able to care for them. Sadly, L-Train is a good example of this. He and his Aussie pal were owned and loved by a veteran who cared for them throughout their lives. Then this man lost his home and was forced to live with his two canine buddies in a pickup truck. When things got desperate, he appealed to the VA for help and they contacted an Aussie rescue and MWCR to help with the dogs. We know how painful it must have been for this veteran to lose his two best friends, and when L-Train came to MWCR he brought with him five years of vet records, toys, a blanket and a letter from his owner, explaining the dog’s needs and routine. We can only hope that there is consolation in knowing that L-Train is safe and loved.

L-Train is a sweet natured, well behaved boy who is fully housetrained and can be left unsupervised for extended periods. He knows the basic commands of “come,” “sit,” and “wait.” His foster home has a yard with a low fence (only 36 inches in places) which L-Train has never tried to jump. He did wander out through an open gate one time, but when his foster mom said “back inside” he promptly did as he was asked. He is tolerant of brushing (though he does not like it when his backside is combed) and he does not mind having his nails clipped. He loves to go for walks and is well mannered on his leash. He also enjoys car rides.

L-Train is a happy, friendly boy who likes all the people he meets and knows no strangers. He loves to be near his foster mom and just soaks up the affection. He never jumps up on people and is especially gentle when taking a treat from his foster mom’s hand. He has not been exposed to cats but he gets along with other dogs. He does, however, have issues with “guarding” food and toys. When he first arrived at his foster home, he would react with growls and snarls (he never used his teeth, but put on quite a show), if someone came too near to his belongings. He would react in a similar manner if he was nudged or bumped with someone’s foot when he was lying down. His foster mom has worked with him on this and he has made great progress, but his forever home would need to continue teaching him to control this behavior. L-Train is good with children, but should probably only live with older kids who could understand and respect this “quirk” in his personality.

L-Train is being treated for Lyme disease and is expected to fully recover, though some dogs do develop arthritis after having contracted the disease. He is otherwise a healthy, loving, collie boy. He is a somewhat picky eater, and his foster mom likes to “jump start” his meal by putting a dollop of canned dog food on his kibble. He is a little on the pudgy side, so it is fortunate that his favorite treat is a tasty, low cal ice cube.

L-Train has recently lost many of the things that he loved: his house, his canine buddy and even his beloved owner. Now he hopes to find a forever home and loving family that will make his retirement years the happy time that this gentle boy so richly deserves.