Banner was a bit shy as we approached the studio. Not exactly what I had expected from a young pup that is labeled Australian Cattle Dog and appears to have some Springer in his heritage. As I smoothed out his tangled hair and stroked his ears, Banner cuddled in closely resting quietly in my lap while my assistant fastened a red and white striped bandana around his neck. As we worked to create his profile photo, his personality began to shine through. Watchful. Vigilant. Cautious. Snuggly. Alert. It was clear that Banner wanted to let go of his fears and express the playful fellow he should be, but building trust would take longer than the few minutes we would be together. I wondered how this 3 month old pup had found himself at a shelter so early in life, and without siblings. Staff told me that this guy was caught in a trap at about 10 weeks. He has never had a real home, been around playful children, or shared the relationship that a young dog should have with his human. My blessing for this gentle pup is that he will be rescued by a loving family with children who will teach him to fetch a ball, run with him in the park, and feed him scraps under the table, outside mom’s watchful eye. He is the kind of dog that should be keeping guard at the foot of his sleeping child’s bed, and welcoming the children as they return home after school.
If you know such a family that would provide a good home to this little fellow, I feel certain that he would return their love ten-fold. He and others are available at Prairie Paws Shelter, Grand Prairie, Texas.