Oliver--1.5-year-old male fostered in OH
Rescue Contact: Janet Joers
Oliver was bred in a puppy mill and turned over to the Foundation by his family, and is now anxiously awaiting his permanent home.
"Ollie" is a happy, playful adolescent who thrives on all the mental stimulation he's getting in foster care--toys, bones, playmates, the great outdoors, and, of course, his Foster Mom and Dad. He does well with most other dogs (especially with another female), but carefully tests his status in the pack. He stole a bone from a growling Wheaten male, yet the two of them joyously play together in the yard, running, jumping, and wrestling. Where food is concerned, Ollie will guard his from other dogs (but not from people). He arrived in our care underweight (31 lbs.), and perhaps he had to compete for food with the other dog in his former family. For that reason, he would do best in a home where he is the only dog, or with a female he respects. He does fine with cats.
Ollie is neutered, in good health, and extremely sweet and loving. He is still showing puppy mouthing behavior with the family's 12-year-old daughter when he wants to initiate play or get attention. This will need to be worked on, as one would with any younger Kerry puppy. He is occasionally startled by men who enter the room--probably due to bad memories of his life in the mill, but he quickly recovers. He does well in his crate at night and during the day after only a little complaining. Overall, this is a typical young male Kerry, affectionate and playful, in need of consistent love, attention, and continued training.
The ideal family for Ollie is one where someone is home most of the time to provide the companionship and training he needs. He would do best in an active household with older children and a fenced yard.