**So after a trial adoption, The couple fell in love with Ren and are willing to work with his special needs. We are so happy for him!**

Ren is a lovable oddball who was picked up as a stray in a rural area. This special-needs boy is in need of a special person or family who will accept his quirks and work patiently with him to help him feel safe and loved.

He is a good-natured, handsome guy who appears to have some Lab and some hound in his background. He has a lovable retriever face with a cute wrinkled brow. He’s smaller than a typical Lab at around 50 pounds, and by estimation is about seven years old.

Ren has a heart condition that requires his activity to be limited. He does not require medication or any other treatment; he simply needs to avoid intense activity like running. This is fine with him, as he is content to lounge in a nice comfortable bed most of the day (his own or a human’s or just a blanket on the floor, he’s not picky!) with only short walks around the block so he can get out and smell some interesting smells. He cannot be neutered as this condition makes it too risky for him to go under general anesthesia.

Ren also has neurological issues that cause some oddities in his behaviour. These include frequent spinning, disorientation, and difficulty locating objects, people or sounds. He sometimes reacts with spinning and/or barking when he notices people going through doors, if he is otherwise confused about where people are, or if he gets spooked by a sight, sound or sensation. This is largely managed in his foster home using treats, tossing some on the floor to preoccupy him when necessary or bring him out of a reaction. He can be left alone in the house without issue so long as he is busy with a stuffed Kong or treats on the ground the moment everyone leaves. He tends to become agitated on walks when he sees dogs or people about, so is best off having his short walks at quiet times or locations, or perhaps simply getting his outside time on his own private property if there is enough space. (He is fine with human visitors in his house). He becomes anxious when shut in a car, so car trips are avoided unless necessary.

He is, however, quite capable of learning. He came into foster care knowing no commands, but motivated by food he will now sit, lay down, shake a paw, and go “up-up” on his hindquarters. He has a hearty appetite and loves his food, both in training and just for a treat, and has shown himself to be a bit of an opportunist when anything that smells appealing (especially something with peanut butter) is left unattended! Mashed potatoes are another favourite of his, and work well for stuffing his Kong.

Ren is also quite capable of bonding with his people. He begins every morning by jumping on his foster mom’s bed and finding a foot or leg to cozy up against until it’s “time to get up,” and he will then follow her to get his breakfast. He will check in now and then during the day to get a few scratches and give a few kisses. He enjoys tummy rubs, scratches at the base of the tail and around the ears, and being brushed when he’s in the mood. He has an endearing habit of gently laying a paw on a person’s hand or leg when he’s being affectionate or when he wants something.

Ren would do best in a calm, low-activity home where he will have company the majority of the day, where he can have outside time in a quiet place so he can sniff around a bit in peace. He will likely prefer to be the only dog.

Ren is available for adoption through Grand River All Breed Animal Rescue. The adoption donation is $400. All of our dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated as part of their adoption. Please fill out our Adoption Form if you are interested. You can also reach us by email at GrandRiverRescue@hotmail.com

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