Special Dog Seeks Special Home: Kyle the Shar-Pei

Inspired by our founder Ali Jarvis’ “lemon” dog, Luc, this series is dedicated to local, special-needs pups looking for loving homes. This week’s adoptable pooch is scooped up and served to you by Dog Days in St Paul and Metro Dogs in the North Loop. See why they’re so grrreat at the end of this story.

Name: Kyle

Stats: 2.5-year-old, 37-lb Shar-Pei

Location: Twin Cities

Rescue: Underdog Rescue

Sidewalk Dog: Just look at that handsome pup! Tell us about Kyle.

Underdog Rescue: Kyle came to us as feral and, while he still has a long way to go, I love that he tries so hard to be a part of our family. Kyle loves to run in the yard and play “chase” with our Husky. He also likes to chew on raw marrow bones. When Kyle is looking at something and he’s going to turn around, he will first turn that ear and then turn that way (so his right ear moves and then he turns right). We joke that he’s using his turn signals.

Look at that smile!

SWD: Love it! What’s his special need?

UR: Kyle came into rescue six months ago after spending the first two years of his life in a puppy mill. Even though he knows and trusts my family, he still won’t let us touch him. He is anxious in the house and afraid of things you just don’t think about (like opening the fridge, a tiny spring squeak when you sit on the couch, a sniffle), along with sudden, loud noises. But he is 100% potty trained and will walk to the door to be let out.

SWD: Sounds like Kyle benefits from having another dog around to show him the ropes.

UR: Totally. Kyle needs a doggy role model around who can show him how to be a dog. He’s learned a lot about trusting us and the rules of our house from our Husky, and also really enjoys his company. When they play “chase” in the yard, he gets so excited he bounds around like a bunny!

SWD: Oh fur cute! So what else would make the perfect forever home for Kyle?

UR: Because Kyle is still a flight risk, this sweet boy needs a home with a securely fenced yard and a way to make sure he won’t bolt out an open front door, like a baby gate. His forever home should not include children unless they’re older (the young ones just pay him a bit too much attention for his taste at the moment). Really, everything he needs boils down to a family who understands his extreme fear and can be patient with him while he learns that the sky isn’t falling and nobody is going to hurt him.

If you’re interested in giving this fluffer the forever home he deserves, head to his adoption page.

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This dog’s story was made possible by some of the pup-lovingest daycares in the Twin Cities: Dog Days in St Paul and Metro Dogs in the North Loop. As one happy customer recently put it, “Moved to the area within the last year and had concerns about where to bring my dog. Metro Dogs has been the best place! My dog goes crazy every time we walk in the door! All of the staff are extremely caring and courteous.” For dog’s sake, give ’em a call today!

Next up: Share all of your pup’s adventures with #SidewalkDog for the chance to be featured. Then head to our Dog-Friendly Twin Cities online community for super local, pooch-centric chat with the some of the best people we know dog people.

And since you clearly love being out and about with your doggo, you NEED our Dog-Friendly Passes! These puppies score ya FREE beer or wine on local patios and inside taprooms. Get your paws on ‘em today. (They make grrr-eat gifts, too!)

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