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TURK

TURK
** Available For Adoption **
Gender: Male
Color: Black w/Rust
Age: 6 yrs.
WT: 114 lbs.
Ears: Natural
Tail: Docked
Altered: Neutered
Micro Chipped: Home Again
House Trained: Yes
Good with other dogs.
Not interested in cats.
Good with older children.
NEW PROFILE:
 
Editor’s note:  Turk was adopted from Elijah’s House to a new home about two years ago.  Now he is back with us as he awaits a new, loving home.

Very often, pets in the home bring solace and comfort to the humans there as they fit in and become part of the family.  Many a troubled soul has been comforted by the unqualified love and devotion of an animal, and caring for a pet can be a blessing, too.

The home he went to a couple of years ago is a loving home and one where he was well cared for.  Unfortunately, there were three young children with various health-related challenges, and instead of Turk bringing peace to the family, his gentle nature is such that it became a stressful circumstance for him.  Regarding the reason for bringing him back to Elijah’s House, his mom said he is “stressed by the level of chaos in our home in spite of all the love he receives and gives.”

She went on to say the following:
    “He is a super sweet love bug who adores his people, and is an anxious velcro boy. He needs to be loose in the house, and people at home is a major plus for him.  But when he's in a quiet home, he's a relaxed snooze hound.  Given his size, he’s protective and intimidating, which is great for feeling secure in your home.   That having been said, he’s a total couch potato and snuggle buddy.  He’s smart and very well-trained (i.e.: knows a lot and has practiced a lot) but still has a mind and will of his own.

He responds well to positive training and ''working for his meals'' for mental stimulation.  He’s a big-time food thief who can reach all kitchen surfaces, open the pantry, open the trash drawer, open kids backpacks to get their lunch boxes, and will (gently) steal food from kids' hands if he can get away with it.  A true opportunist, this one!

He loves to play fetch, hide and seek with toys, and enjoys lying in the sunshine.  He snores super loudly but is the best cuddler ever.”

You can tell from what his mom has written that she loves him dearly and is loathe to give him up but understands it’s in his best interest to do so.  
 
One more thing, He was 138 lbs. when he went to this home.  They were able to get his weight down to 109 lbs. (with some resulting counter surfing, etc.!).  He's now 114 lbs. and looking quite svelte, in Mama Carol's words.

Clearly this is a huge prize of a Dober who wants nothing more than to be in a peaceful, loving home and to be coddled by his grateful owner.  Sure, he’ll take a little adjusting and continued guidance, but there’s not a mean bone in his body, and he’ll make a wonderful (and, I’ll wager, entertaining) companion for the right home.

If you think your home may be a match, make an appointment to meet him once your application is approved, and come prepared to meet (and perhaps fall in love with) the biggest lap dog you’ve ever seen!
 
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PLEASE NOTE:  This is an original profile writeup on Turk.  He had been with a family for almost two years; and was returned today, April 20th.  
Weight is now 118 lbs.  New profile is above, and new photos will be posted shortly.
 
 
Wowser; I think this is the largest Dober I’ve ever seen.  He came to us from a formerly-enlisted Marine who has been trying to manage life with myriad challenges including divorce, single-parenting, and physical/mental health issues.  Something had to give, and finding a home for the dog was a step toward being able to focus on the core needs.

Clearly the owner had tried to make up for his lack of time to spend with and exercise the dog by overfeeding him, with the result that he will need to lose a significant amount of bulk over the next few months to bring him back to a more appropriate and healthy weight.

Size notwithstanding, this is a true gentle giant with a nice personality.  While being a bit tentative when meeting, he warms up to strangers quickly and has a generally quiet and peaceful demeanor.  And, despite his bulk, he gets into and out of the big SUV without an issue.  He loves to go on outings and is quiet in the car.

Another point for consideration is that if you have an exercise regimen or would like to start one, he’s the perfect companion for that, too.  Given his gentle manner and need to lose some weight, you could walk or jog together.  Plus there’s the safety factor - hard to think anyone would give you a hard time with him by your side!

Already he’s taken a particular liking to one of our new volunteers, and clearly the feeling is mutual.  Here’s what Kevin has to say:

    “Turk is a big teddy bear - quick to accept newcomers as friends and just wanting to be spoiled with attention.  It was difficult taking pictures of him because once we got him to pose, he would walk towards us for some love!  He just couldn’t understand why we kept trying to walk away from him.  Turk is a standout companion in a breed known as Velcro dogs.  He is a laid back, well behaved, gentle giant that the right owners will want to take with them everywhere!”

That pretty well covers it.  If you think this oversized cuddle bug is a match for your home, make an appointment to meet him and spend some time with him.  Just be aware he may become an additional appendage if you do!


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