Meet Dozer!  He’s a 5 year old Boxer/Bull Mastiff mix, and littermate to other HOPE Dog, Bailey!  He’s an energetic, curious boy who loves people, even little kids, and other dogs, but would prefer a home without cats or birds.  He was a little too interested in the cat in his temporary foster home, and in his previous home he and Bailey…well lets just say free-range chickens or birds are not safe around them.  Dozer was excited by the geese he saw as he walked into prison, he jumped around as they took off to get away from him.

Dozer is being sponsored by Furry Friends Network and you can apply to adopt him here,

06/17/2022 This week was another opportunity for Dozer and I to get to familiar with each other.  I want to have him comfortable with me enough to have him go anywhere and not worry about anything hurting or frightening him.  He’s still having trouble with the buzzing sound the gates make, but I’ve noticed if I give him time, he will get closer on his own.

Gold Stars this week…his constant barking has stopped!  I think because now everyone knows he’s here!

Dozer still needs improvement on a lot of basic cues, but most importantly, he walks really nicely on a leash!

06/10/2022   The first few days with Dozer were a bit rough.  He barked a lot, mainly to let his presence be known.  I took time to help him adjust to his new environment, and he has really turned around.  So many people see the change in him since he first arrived.

Dozer has some hesitancy with the opening and closing of the gates.  The buzzing noise seems to scare him.  We are working on getting him more comfortable with the noises and also on his basic commands.

Dozer is a wonderful dog who loves attention and is very loyal.  I see many qualities that he shares with his sister, Bailey.  Like getting on to the bunk–he will put his two front paws on the bed and look back at me for help, when he and I both know he is capable of getting up by himself.

Dozer is definitely a people-friendly dog–he loves to meet new people.  He is easy to walk and loves to give kisses.

06/03/2022   Dozer, Bailey’s brother, just joined HOPE this week.  This week, I tried to get Dozer familiar with the other handlers and staff.   Dozer does bark, which seems intimidating, but he is just announcing his presence.  I just want to let the other handlers and staff know that it is okay to handle him.

Dozer somehow injured his foot, but he went to the vet this week, and it’s all fixed up.  Dozer seems to be sleeping and eating well, so we are off to a good start!



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