Meet Talbot in Georgia!
Are you ready for some SERIOUS puppy energy?
Then let me introduce myself – my name is Talbot, and I’m about 1 year old (possibly minus several months, depending on which vet you ask), and my foster mom says my personality is all puppy, puppy, puppy! I got my name because I was found in rural Talbot County, Georgia, (either lost or dumped) and nobody ever claimed me. Some kind Samaritans took me in, but I found their cats and chickens just too tempting for my own good, so now I’m in rescue and looking for my perfect forever family.
Obviously, I am one cute little dude. Don’t let my leggy photos fool you – I look like a big, ol’ boy, but I’m actually a perfectly proportioned little package at only 39 lbs. I’m still lean, lanky, and made of rubber like a puppy, so I still have some filling out to do. My foster mom says I have the cutest little puppy gait and puppy voice (and a bossy little puppy howl, “Roooo, roo, roooo!” when I’m trying to get my way)!
In addition to my great looks, I am one smart little guy. I learned house training really fast (I haven’t had an accident in some time!), and I’d love to show you how fast I sit for treats. I’m even getting pretty good at sitting and waiting while my foster mom open doors until I’m told “OK” to go out. I do reasonably well (by GSP standards) on a leash, but I’m still at the stage where I need to be tempted with treats to come toward you rather than pulling and doing my own thing.
As much as I love to learn, my young brain is still filled with distractions, so there are some things I am still working on. Counter surfing and exploring the world with my mouth are favorite pastimes, so my foster mom has to repeatedly direct my attention to staying down off the counters and chewing only things that I am allowed to have. I mean, I can’t help it, my mouth just still grabs anything that comes near it – if you’re right on hand to redirect me, I’ll do great, but if I’m left alone – well, what can I say, I’ll probably chew something I shouldn’t, even if you’ve shown me otherwise a few times before.
Speaking of chewing things – did I mention that I LOVE toys and my foster siblings (two GSPs and a husky)? Kongs, fire hose toys, sibling legs, sibling ears – as far as I’m concerned, these are ALL fair game for me to chew on, tug on, and chase! I have nonstop energy and just love chasing (and being chased by) my foster siblings, and wrestling with them as well – both inside the house and out in my foster mom’s big, fenced yard. On days when I get enough exercise, I will happily plop down in my crate for the night and do fine (as long as I can see you)!
My ideal home would be an active family who has someone home with me most of the time – right now, my foster mom works from home and can keep an eye on me all day while I play with my foster siblings in the securely fenced yard and come in and out of the house as I please. I must say, that works out pretty well for me! I tried staying with another volunteer who needed to leave me crated during the workday, and, well, even with a big lunch break after only 4 hours and plenty of playtime in the fenced yard each evening with another energetic GSP evening (like, 3-4 hours of solid playing each night before bed), I just could not adapt and started exhibiting other behavioral problems (which promptly went away once I was back to my foster mom’s schedule)!
Given my level of energy and how much I absolutely love my outdoor time playing with my foster siblings, I’d love a home with another energetic dog (or two! And hopefully GSPs!) who love to play and won’t get too upset when I tug on their ears or chew on their head (in a nice way, I promise – and I’ll even let them chew on my head, too!).
I’ve already shown that I can’t be trusted around cats and chickens, so those and other small critters are not a good fit for me. Also, because I full of constant energy and I’m still learning to not jump up on people, really small kids are probably not a good fit, either.
So, what do you think? Do you have the time and patience and positive training experience to take on my puppy charms and mayhem and help me grow up to be the absolute best dog I can be? I know puppies can be a lot of work, but if you’re game for it, I promise you that I’m an absolute charmer. Maybe we can enroll in some obedience classes together? I love to learn! (P.S. Even though my foster mom won’t let me on the couch or in the bed at night, if you’re up for that sort of thing, I totally won’t tell -- I’m a master snuggler!)
Because I am a young, healthy, neutered guy, my adoption fee is $375. If you think you’d like to know more about me, please contact my foster liaison Asher (she is helping my foster mom, Cathy, find just the right family for me!) and fill out an adoption application if you haven’t already done so.