Imagine being alone and scared, roaming the nation’s capital. You don’t know where your family is, how you’re going to get your next meal, or where you’re sleeping that night. That’s how the Washington Humane Society’s Animal Control Officers found Doodlebug earlier this year. Luckily, they were able to get him into the adoption center, where staff and volunteers have fallen in love with him. But living in a kennel for the past month wasn’t what they had in mind for his future.
Doodlebug is a two-year-old Terrier/Shar-Pei mix. He is a medium-energy dog looking for a dog- and kid-free home to relax in. He is also one of our regular P.A.C.K. (People and Animal Cardio Klub) dogs, going on outings like jogs and hikes with our volunteers.
One of those volunteers is Dolores Hamilton. “Doodlebug is one of the easier dogs to handle on a leash,” she says. “He’s a good running buddy (he can go for miles) and is also a happy hiker. He’s curious about squirrels and birds, but doesn’t have a high prey drive, so he just watches them live their life. After he’s gotten some energy out from a run or walk, he’s also a cute cuddler. Then he wants some more exercise so he’ll let you know when it’s time to get up and go. This is great for someone who is looking for a coach or cheerleader who’ll encourage them to keep moving!”
As a Hidden Gem, Doodlebug gets personal training with WHS staff to make sure he’s ready to quickly settle into his new home. As an extra “thank you” for adopting one of our long-term residents, his adoption fee has been waived. Standard adoption procedures apply.
He’s doing well with his training, but he’s still looking for the proper guidance to continue his progress. Doodlebug sometimes forgets that he’s not a puppy anymore! He loves his toy, so much so that you won’t be getting any relaxation when he has one. But with proper exercise, consistent training, and lots of love, Doodlebug will be the perfect companion.
Want to learn more about how to adopt from WHS or view our adorable adoptable animals? Visit the adoption page on our website at http://www.washhumane.org/adopt! Not ready to adopt? Consider sponsoring an animal!