Darwin came from a horrible back yard breeding situation. He lived in a filthy kennel out doors surrounded by garbage and dead animals, and with little interaction with humans. Despite his past he has truly started to blossom in foster care.
Darwin is at least 9 Years old. He has limited vision and hearing. Upon being rescued he had to be shaved due to extensive matting. He also had 12 infected teeth extracted.
Darwin (named so due to the lengthy evolution we knew he would undergo) does not have a mean bone in his body. He loves other dogs and would probably be fine around cats.
Darwin is learning how to play with soft toys and to lightly wrestle and chase his foster sister around the yard. Darwin's favorite activity is to lay in the sun or on his dog bed.
With a predictable routine Darwin is doing very well with his house training. He sleeps loose at night but is crated while his foster family is away at work (8 hours a day). He is very food motivated and gets quite excited (and will bark) when it's time to eat.
A leash was a foreign object for Darwin when he entered rescue but he is now getting to the point where he enjoys short walks. Since he has been shaved he is really enjoying wearing little sweaters to stay warm.
He is not a lap dog, but he does enjoy being pet and will show you by wagging his little tail. He warms up to women more easily than men.
Due to his vision impairment Darwin will not even attempt more than a few steps, and needs to be carried up and down stair cases. If he did attempt these on his own, he could hurt himself so his new home will need to have few stairs and use extreme caution.
Darwin's new home will also require a physical fence with direct access to the house, and another calm easy going dog.
The perfect retirement home for Darwin would be a routine driven, gentle and quiet home that will be patient with this little gentleman as he continues to discover all the joys of being a dog (and of course have a big comfy dog bed just for him!)