Taz - in Maine
Newest update: July 2021
This sweet little dog is approx. 8 years old and weighs 24 pounds. Taz is well mannered on a leash. He is shy at first, but responds so well to attention and affection. Taz is very treat motivated and will stand up on his back legs to "dance" for you when he sees you have a treat for him. He loves being petted. Taz does well with other dogs but he is afraid of the cat in his foster home. Sir Thomas the cat will try to rub up against him and Taz will jump away like "no thank you, crazy critter" ; 0 )
Taz is listed as a jack russell terrier mix and we know why he got his name. He is a very active guy who does not know he is "middle aged". His house manners when he arrived left a little to be desired - when we say that some dogs "counter surf" he took that quite literally and the foster mom would find him standing on the counter or dining room table. He is in a training program now with his foster family and learning to be a good citizen and a wonderful furry companion. A new family should plan to continue his training. He does great in a crate, and is working hard on housetraining but has accidents at times when he has the opportunity to sneak down into the basement.
His background story is one of the saddest we have heard and we thought it was hard to shock or surprise us. His former family lived in a trailer park and had 14 dogs locked in one of the bedrooms. They were evicted and left the dogs outside in a pen.
Taz is a little skittish at first about being picked up, but does not snap or bite, he’s just scared. He does like being held and he does settle in with his humans and enjoy their company and their touch once comfortable . Taz is a gentle little soul that needs a safe, patient and loving family to help him feel safe. He does not do well with raised voices or a lot of chaos in the home. Once he is comfortable, will come up to you and stand on his back legs and put his paws on your lap to be petted. Sometimes dogs, especially those have had a rough start in life or were rescued later in life, will pick "their person" and not want to share. Taz had started showing some of those behaviors and was one reason why we started the training with him. At his foster home he loves to sleep under the blankets when snuggling on the sofa or in bed with his mama; he curls right up and you don't hear a peep.
Taz was pretty nervous at the vet so some extra TLC will be needed while he builds a new relationship. Right now, Taz is too nervous to be in a home with small children. Older respectful kiddos would be just fine. A retirement home with one or more adults that have a calm but not sedentary routine would be perfect for him. He is not a big barker, but is just a love.
You might recognize Taz's info because he had been posted earlier in the year and adopted. He was too much for the family who adopted him so he came back to us for some training and a shot at a more fitting placement. Could that be with your family? Anyone who adopts Taz has to be ready for a loveable, slightly naughty, tons of fun pup.
Here's a sweet video of Taz in his foster home: https://youtu.be/kcI5r8caBUE
If you have interest in meeting Taz or any of our sweeties, please fill out the adoption application.
Please note: we do not have a physical facility where the dogs are housed; they are cared for in our wonderful foster network throughout Maine. It is our expectation that, once approved, a potential family will meet the dog(s) in the foster setting where they are feeling safe and loved.