Pet of the week: Recovered Owen is raring to go

Owen, a 2-year-old hound mix, came to the Humane Society of Warren County malnourished and covered in sores. Now, he's ready to add his energy to a new home. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – Having come to the Humane Society of Warren County a few pounds underweight and with a number of sores, hound mix Owen has since recovered and is ready to give his energy and love to a new home.

Kennel attendant Devan Yager said Owen arrived on Oct. 14 as a stray and quickly became friends with the other dogs at the shelter. Visiting families have allowed him to show off his playfulness and obedience skills. Despite being a stray, Yager said Owen easily learned to sit, shake and lie down with the promise of a tasty treat.

“He seems really eager to learn new things,” she said. “He probably will need a little of patience with house training … I think that if somebody spent a little bit of time with him, he would just be a perfect house dog.”

Although this pup is playful with plenty of energy to spare, Yager said he takes social cues very well. During family visits and playtime, she said he’s been very cognizant of young children. She even said he behaved very well when the shelter tested him with cats.

“He’s just a really good, intuitive type of dog,” she said.

An extremely social pet, Owen has made the rounds with shelter workers to Petco and town offices for adoption events.

“He’s got to be a certain level of mannered to be able to do that,” Yager said.

Even though he’s gotten along fine with the other shelter dogs, Yager said hopeful adopters with other dogs should still bring their pets in to meet Owen before taking him home to a new friend.

“Even if he was to find a family with an older dog, I think he has the right energy level to where it would be OK,” she said. “I don’t think he would pester an older dog, I think he would do great in just about any situation with an active family.”

As a hound dog mix, Owen will be ever on the lookout and Yager said he’ll probably bark at newcomers.

“I think once he gets home he might have a certain level of protectiveness, but I don’t think it’s going to be in any sort of way that would be alarming,” she said.

Owen is current on his distemper, bordetella and rabies shots and the shelter has treated him for worms. His future family will need to sign a sterilization agreement to neuter him within 30 days. As a dog under 50 pounds, Owen’s neutering cost will be $90 through Anicira.

His regular adoption fee would be $30, but during the shelter’s “Bring Joy to your World” event, all adoption fees are $10 during the month of December. Contact the shelter for more information at 540-635-4734.

Owen’s sores are still healing and he could stand to gain a few more pounds, but Yager knows he’ll quickly fill in and fit in at a home to call his own.

“I think he’s going to have that good balance of playful and calm to where he really will make a good house dog,” she said.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com