Pet of the week: Energetic Scout eager for active home

Scout is an 18-month-old Labrador mix. This photo was taken at the Winchester SPCA's Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center. Brad Fauber/Daily

WINCHESTER – It doesn’t take long to see 18-month-old pooch Scout for what he truly is — an energetic dog filled with excitement and eager for affection.

With plenty of puppy-like spunk packed in his 55-pound frame, Scout would make an excellent fit for an active home with lots of room to run, says Lyndie Scott, kennel supervisor at the Winchester SPCA’s Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center.

“He likes to run,” Scott said. “He’s a very active dog. I think a place with room to run [would be best] for him. He’s not an apartment dog. And he does great with kids. I think he would make an excellent family dog. … Or somebody like a runner, somebody that runs, that jogs every morning.”

Scout is as affectionate as dogs come — especially if there is a treat to be had — but he’s had trouble finding a permanent home. Scott said Scout has been adopted multiple times and was most recently surrendered to the Winchester SPCA three weeks ago after his latest owner took him in for only a couple days.

“He brought him back and said that he barks too much,” Scott said.

Scott added that prospective owners shouldn’t be scared away by Scout’s energetic personality.

“He will calm down, too. It’s not like he’s always going because he’s not,” she said. “He needs a family, an active family or active couple, or he can go to just one person but … my wish is somebody active that will take him jogging, camping, whatever.”

While Scout’s ideal home is easy enough to gauge, his exact breed is a tougher code to crack. Scott said they believe Scout is a Labrador mix, but his slender head and white coat dotted with black spots have Scott guessing there may be a hint of pointer or Dalmatian in Scout’s pedigree.

“I would love to get a DNA test on him to see all the crazy breeds that are probably in this dog,” Scott said.

Scott said Scout is up to date on all his shots and vaccinations, and he has been neutered and micro-chipped. She added that Scout is a good watchdog and gets along with cats, and although she said Scout “picks and chooses his dog friends,” Scott hasn’t seen anything suggesting that Scout wouldn’t get along with other dogs.

Scout is also housebroken, she said.

“He loves riding in the car. He’s definitely leash trained. They say he’s not obedience trained, but he will sit. He does his basics,” Scott said.

The Winchester SPCA’s Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center is located at 111 Featherbed Lane and can be reached by phone at 540-662-8616. More information can also be found online at winchesterspca.org.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com