Pet of the Week: Energetic Dillon needs room to grow

By Josette Keelor

Dillon is a typical puppy. He enjoys playing with toys, walks well on a leash and loves attention.

Bounding into the waiting room at Clarke County Animal Shelter earlier this week, he greeted each person he saw as quickly as he could get to them.

“He loves everything and everybody,” said Manager Jenny Wright. But the 3-month-old German shepherd mix is a little shy around men.

At the shelter, she said, most of the employees and volunteers are women, so Dillon hasn’t had much experience with men. When men come to visit, he’ll consider them from the back of his cage.

“[There’s] something about men that kind of shuns him away a little bit,” Wright said.

Dillon is one of several puppies at the shelter ready for adoption — most of them pit bulls — and Wright said she expects a flood of calls about Dillon once the community sees his picture.

Found in Clarke County last month and delivered to the shelter, Dillon is in good health. He had a three-day round of Safeguard wormer medication and will have another dose. Dillon is up-to-date on his vaccinations but will need booster shots.

The shelter recommends having him neutered at six months, a procedure covered for free for in-county residents at a partnering veterinarian’s office. Residents in adjoining counties will pay 50 percent of the $108 cost at the shelter’s veterinarian. The Clarke County Humane Foundation will cover the other half.

The adoption fee is $25, and adoption documentation is required for discounted neuter costs.

Dillon still has his soft puppy fur, but Wright expects his hair to stay short as an adult. Because of his white markings, she expects he might have some sheltie in him.

“He is not completely housebroken yet,” Wright said, but described him as “sassy.” She said he knows the word “sit.”

Expected to grow to 50 or 55 pounds, Dillon will need space to grow in and owners who will give him regular exercise. Pet owners who will be away from home for 12 or 14 hours a day are probably not a right fit, Wright said.

“He needs people housetraining him and working with him,” she said. “Plus, it’s not really fair, you know, a puppy has to stay in a kennel for that long.”

“People, they see him, cute and cuddly, and want him, but they don’t think, you know, what the work load is going to be like,” she said.

Contact the Clarke County Animal Shelter at 540-955-5104 or at http://www.clarkecountyanimalshelter.com/.