Special Dog Seeks Special Home: Sport the Freckled Mutt

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 sponsored by The Urban Dog and Pet Connections.

Name: Sport

Stats: 1-year-old, 48-lb Lab/Pointer mix

Location: Twin Cities

Rescue: Wags & Whiskers

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SWD: Those ear freckles are killin’ us! Tell us everything about Sport.

WW: We’re obsessed with his ears, too! The spots on his ears and the rest of his body (hidden under that Lab fur) are absolutely darling. But there’s more to this pup than just his adorable look — he’s also extremely intelligent. He has sit, down, shake, and wait down; beyond that, he’s also learned some agility. Once he is nice and tired, he just wants to cuddle and be close to his humans. As a major bonus (which we love due to our work schedule) he is great in a crate and is house-trained! He also loves playing, running (even alongside a bike), belly rubs, and learning new tricks.

SWD: He sounds like an absolutely fantastic companion. So what’s his special need?

WW: Sport has some struggles with resource guarding, which we’re working on with him. This issue is manageable, but we’re recommending he not be placed with young kiddos.

SWD: Gotcha. What other fun stuff can you share about Sport?

WW: He cracks us up! He likes to use lying on his back as a non-violent protest of having to do things he doesn’t like, which is adorable. When we go for walks and we’re on a street, he likes to walk on the curb like it’s a balance beam. He also has world-class zoomies. Like many dogs he gets the zoomies and loves to run as fast as he can and take sharp turns. It really confuses our resident dog and he just looks so happy it makes us laugh!

SWD: Nothing cuter than a dog with some serious zoomies! What would make the perfect home for him?

WW: Sport’s ideal home is a very active one! Due to his age and breed mix, he is a very energetic dog. Because he’s so smart, he’d love an adopter who will keep up with training or agility. He has gone to doggy daycare and done well with dogs of all sizes there. No cats for him, though, due to his herding tendencies. And again, he should only be in a home with older kids. Sport is easy going, fun, and can’t wait for his next adventure with a forever family.

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

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Sport’s story is brought to you by The Urban Dog, which offers super-customizable dog-walking and pet-sitting services, packed with affection and safety; and by Pet Connections, a weekly radio show devoted to the joys of being a pet owner.

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