It’s still hard to believe this is the same dog. Pulled from a South Carolina shelter on July 3 after being found as a stray, and weighing just 43 pounds, this little firecracker has made the most remarkable transformation!
Radley is approximately two years old, and still very much a puppy. He’s calm for a GSP (note that doesn’t mean calm, just calm for a GSP!) and he’s on the smaller side for a male, at 54 pounds.
He would love a big brother or sister. He enjoys being a little brother. He has an independent streak, so having a sibling isn’t a must, but he likes having a partner in crime. That also means he can sometimes be a pesky little brother, squeezing himself in or snuggling up for a nap. A patient sibling could be a good role model for him.
A backyard to hunt critters. He respects a four-foot fence, and he immediately goes outside to check his favorite places for catching lizards. He keeps the yard clear of rabbits and squirrels and has mastered a brooding stare after they’ve long gone, just to make his point.
Affection. He wants all the love and pets. He’ll use his paw, climb right up in your lap, or stand over you to make it easy…in case you forget the task at hand. He likes to lean into you and be hugged. Really sweet as could be, but he’s shameless about it.
Consistent training. He’s maybe not the most ‘academic’, but he finally figured out how to sit (and does so proudly!). He’s very food motivated but is so excited by the treats he has a hard time focusing on anything else. He’s almost got ‘paw’ and ‘down’ and he’s worked hard on ‘come.’ He’s good in a contained area, but we don’t trust him for a second off leash at this point so recall work will need to be maintained in his new home.
Slow feeders. Found starving, he still has severe food insecurity. He eats his meals ridiculously fast (never once noticed his meds were right on top!), even with the slow feeder. He gets so excited to eat, he drools and tries to ‘help’ with food prep. He has incredible balance and will stand straight up on his hind legs to get a closer look at what’s being prepared, whether it’s for him or not. He shows no aggression, but nothing stays in his dish. He quickly works through puzzles and enrichment activities to get his food.
Radley has blossomed into a confident little man. He doesn’t appear to fear thunderstorms or loud noises. He’s gotten used to the vacuum. He has a prey drive and he’s made huge progress with the cat, but we aren’t ready to say he’s cat safe. He kennels well, although he will remind you it isn’t his favorite place to be. The few kids he’s met have loved on him and he soaks up every minute but no kids under the age of six, please. With his food insecurity, he’s very opportunistic. He doesn’t counter surf, and we work to deter begging, but he knows when someone is in the kitchen and is never far away. Leash walking needs a LOT of work, but he will make a great partner for someone willing to work with him.
He naps hard and sleeps through the night. Expert nose artist on all glass surfaces, he’s ready to get back to playing ball. He enjoys yak chews and marrow bones. He’s the best tv binge partner - even if he hogs the couch, he lets you control the remote. Rad’s a great snuggler, a goofball, a shadow, and a lover overall. Truly a diamond in the rough, he already shines, but with some polishing, Radley will really sparkle.
Radley is up to date on vaccines, neutered, and microchipped so his adoption fee is $375.
Radley can’t wait to meet you!