Pet of the Week: Mosby has a great temperament

By Henry Culvyhouse

FRONT ROYAL — Mosby, a 2-year-old pit bull weighing in at 65 lbs, is lover of all things: petting, running around and food. Especially food. Surrendered to the Humane Society of Warren County in March, Mosby wants nothing more than a loving home.

According to Derek Rauschelbach, a volunteer at the animal shelter, Mosby is great dog to have in a variety of household circumstances.

“He has the greatest temperament a dog could have: he loves cats, kids; he loves other dogs,” Rauschelbach said. “At his previous home, the lady had three or four cats, two dogs and a little kid and he was fabulous with all of them.”

Mosby’s original owners kept him chained to a tree all day, which prompted their next-door neighbor to take him in. However, Mosby has a skin issue, which requires a non-grain diet.

“He does have grain allergy, which requires grain-free food and he is very food motivated,” Rauschelbach said. “He’ll snatch food out of kids hands, which was one of the reasons he was surrendered.”

Just because he snatches food from children does not mean he is aggressive for food, Rasuchelbach said. The reason he was surrendered, according to Rauschelbach, was the small child in the household would feed Mosby peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which caused him to break out in hives.

“He would scratch until he bled,” Rasuchelbach said. “He’s on a steroid right now, but hopefully he’ll be off that soon.”

Rauschelbach said as long as Mosby is on a grain-free diet, he has no issues. The adoption fee for Mosby is $30, however because grain-free dog food costs a little more, the Humane Society of Warren will give his new owner a $250 card to Petco to help with food costs.

According to Rauschelbach, Mosby’s energy level tends to match whatever dog is around him, making him ideal for a household with more than one dog.

“If he’s with a dog who wants to sniff and hangout, he’ll do that, if he’s with a dog who wants to play, he’ll do that,” Rauschelbach said.

Mosby is up to date on all his shots and will be neutered on Nov.12. According to Rauschelbach, the dog is also housebroken, however if he begins to experience an allergic reaction, he could have accidents in the house.

Rauschelbach said Mosby is highly trainable.

“For some treats, Mosby will do anything,” Rauschelbach said. “He’s also really good about getting bathes. We can throw him in the tub and hose him and down and he just stands there and loves it.”

Those interested in adopting Mosby or any other pets at the Humane Society of Warren County, can call (540) 635-4734 or visit the shelter between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal. The shelter is open every day except for Wednesdays.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com