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Walter: 5.5 Year Old, Neutered Male, Yellow Lab, 81 pounds

Yes, Walter is back. He was adopted at the beginning of this year and returned as he became protective of his adopters (barked and snapped) at an adult son who was passing through for a few nights. His adopters, especially the dad, were heartbroken upon the decision to have to return Walter; they realized he needed something more than what they were able to provide.

Background: Would you believe someone left this guy in the overnight locker at the shelter? He is a big boy and we think he may be mixed with Pyrenees or Newfoundland.

Prior to adoption, Walter was fostered for two months and is back with the same foster (his rep and her husband).

What Walter’s Foster says: Walter is still that sweet and goofy boy and has been through a lot since his adoption in January. He was neutered, underwent entropion repair surgery on both of his eyes, received laser therapy for elbow dysplasia, and was put on a diet resulting in added vigor at a svelte 81 pounds.

He has always had playful energy that had to be contained prior to the laser treatments (for his elbows) so there was a lot of pent up energy there. Since being treated, he has been given vet clearance to "be a dog," just not to overdo it.

We've been monitoring his behavior and have had various guests come through since Walter returned in May, including one from a trainer to see if he showed any sort of reaction towards her. He has barked at a couple of our guests, but not all, and he didn't react towards the trainer. He goes to doggie daycare one day per week where he's reported to be a little nervous, but doing well, overall.

Walter welcomes head scratches, body, and tummy rubs. He's friendly, calm, and enjoys playing with our other dog. He loves Kongs and will either run through the house with them, or bring them to you to toss, and if you don't, he'll bark at you until you do. He enjoys playing fetch, chewing on Nylabones, the occasional marrow bone, and napping in the afternoon.

What Walter’s Rescue Rep says: Lab Rescue would like to see Walter in a home where his socialization training will continue, a home with dog-experienced parents who will supervise slow introductions, provide calm, assertive direction and where he will receive adequate exercise. Presently, he receives two-three 30-45 minute walks per day with longer outings on the weekends. He can pull on walks, but does extremely well with a special lead (Luca leash). One of the challenges his former adopter had was when Walter would see another dog, he'd pull in excitement to say hello (pulling him down to the ground on a couple of occasions). While being in the company of the foster's dogs, he doesn't pull towards other dogs anymore. A nice canine sibling would be an added bonus; Walter does very well with nice dogs, enjoys that companionship and will flourish in his new home in the company of another dog. We don't know how he is with cats. We think he'd do better in more of a quiet home, rather than one with too much activity. A quieter, adult household is best. Small children can make Walter nervous.

Medical Information: Walter is up-to-date on vaccinations and is heartworm negative. He takes a daily joint supplement and an anti-inflammatory.

If you are interested in this big, sweet, doofus (affectionate reference), email Rescue Rep Kris @

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