Meet Merritt
Animal ID 44406515 
Species Dog 
Breed Retriever, Chesapeake Bay/Shepherd 
Age 5 years 4 months 27 days 
Gender Male 
Size Large 
Color Black 
Housetrained Yes 
No Small Kids  
Location Foster Home 
Adoption Price $100.00 
Merritt is a shy guy in almost every situation. Having lived much of his life as an outside dog ignored by humans, he is still learning to trust, learning social skills, and building confidence. Merritt takes a while to warm up - and will likely never be an off-leash dog, as he spooks easily. He does not like sudden movements or loud noises. He will come to you at his own pace but still does not like to be touched. He does enjoy being in the same room with you once he is comfortable but will likely never be a cuddly dog. He has made huge strides in his foster home but still is lacks trust of people.

He requires a confident, laid back dog to show him the ropes and build his confidence. He has learned it is fun to play with other dogs but needs one that will understand to give him time. He will correct pushy, in-your-face dogs. Merritt dislikes dogs that bark a lot. He loves to be outside and does well in a fenced in yard. He likes to play in the kiddie pool. Due to his previous lifestyle it may be difficult to get him to adjust to an apartment lifestyle with no yard for him to have his space. He is kennel trained and finds comfort in his kennel when things get to be too much. He is house trained and has even learned to use the doggy door.

Merritt never got the opportunity to learn to be a dog. He will need someone special that is willing to take the time to earn his trust. Are you that someone special?

Half of Merritt's adoption fee has been sponsored by a generous donor in memory of their beloved dog, Maggie.