We’re happy to report that Joe has found a loving home with a great family with a home business, two kids, 20 acres to enjoy, and many canine, feline, and bovine friends to keep him active and enriched. Joe’s new family also has the experience to continue to help Joe learn to be a great family pet. We wish them and Joe the best in their new life together!
Meet Hero Dogs Coach Joe Palone (“Joe”). Joe is a 2 year old neutered male yellow Labrador retriever. Joe was lovingly raised in our program and spent two months at Hero Dogs beginning advanced training. However, Joe did not settle in to his new life well. He is an extremely active and energetic young dog who needs structure and stability. Joe did not have the confidence to deal with the changes in his life and the vast variety of experience that is the life of a service dog. When Joe is uncertain about something or someone, his response is to bark at it (which, of course, is not a good trait for a service dog!).
Service-dog life just wasn’t for Joe…so Joe is ready to be a happy, go-lucky, pet dog.
Joe is a very affectionate and snuggly dog who bonds quickly and strongly to his primary caregiver. Joe is good with other dogs and would enjoy the company of canine housemates. Joe likes cats and could live with cats who are accustomed dogs, but might be a little too much for a shy cat unfamiliar with dogs. Joe is fine with kids (elementary school and up), but has too much energy and bounce for a household with toddler-aged children. Joe is healthy, has good manners in the house, and is well-trained in basic obedience, although he is still young and will require continued training.
Requirements for Joe:
• Experienced dog owner/household
• Not left at home alone (without humans) for more than 6 hours daily
• A fenced yard (NOT invisible/electric fence)
• Ample exercise, including a 3-mile on-leash walk as well as several sessions of ball playing in the yard DAILY
• Continued training
Our highest priority is finding the most suitable adoptive home for Joe, with adopters who are willing and able to meet Joe’s physical, exercise, mental, and emotional needs and are financially able to care for him. Preference will be given to a Veteran adopter. The adoption donation for Joe is $750 (the donation will be waived for a Veteran adopter with an honorable discharge). If you are interested in adopting Joe as a pet, please read the released dog FAQ and then fill out a released dog application. If we feel that you are a potential candidate, you will be contacted to arrange an interview and home visit.
See “Joe’s” Flickr album for additional pictures.