Joey is a nine-year old, thirty-four pound Italian Greyhound / Border Collie who was diagnosed with canine diabetes after entering the care of Italian Greyhound Place. He does require daily insulin injections, but is very good about receiving them (and being bathed and having his nails trimmed!), but he will need an adopter comfortable with the condition and willing to have it monitored.
Quite shy when initially meeting people, Joey is very sweet, cuddly, and likes to be with his person/people, tending to follow them around. He also tends to like having the companionship of another dog, as evidenced in his relationship with the resident dog in his foster home. Since he finds comfort in the presence of another dog, a home with an existing dog would be ideal for Joey.
When left home alone, Joey is given free run of the house. Although now crate trained, he was not initially. Therefore, Joey’s foster chose a room as his “stay alone place,” but he managed to open the door and exit the room! His foster arrived home to find Joey doing fine in the house with the resident dog, and that has been the procedure since then.
Joey has a medium activity level (his foster has found that he requires at least a 30-45 minute walk - he is good on-leash - and a game of fetch each day). In addition to enjoying walks and fetch, Joey likes to play with squeaky toys; knows some commands such as sit, down, and paw and is very willing to learn, especially if treats are involved; and makes a great quiet time/movie buddy.
Although good with other dogs, Joey needs time to warm to them before desiring to play with them - he has been on walks with a lot of other dogs and is generally indifferent to neutral dogs. He is curious, but not overly invasive, with cats, and good with children he has met, Joey also travels nicely by car, is housetrained (no accidents) and only tends to bark if secluded away from people, a car arrives home, or when excited about seeing people.
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