Calling all Cattle Dog lovers. Saul needs a job being an active best friend. Saul is what many K9 enthusiasts refer to as an 'Australian Cattle Dog' or ACD, which means he falls into the 'herding breed' group. This means Saul's ancestors were meant to move livestock from one area to the next–by lunging, jumping, nipping and pouncing–whenever a rancher asked for assistance. While Saul may not have herded any cattle recently, his ancestors still passed that herding instinct on to him! This makes life in Arlington a little tricky for Saul since we don't have much livestock–but there is a lot of fast traffic that causes Saul's herding DNA to take over to try and get everything back into order. Saul worked closely with the staff and trainers at AWLA to help him learn to cope. Tennis balls are Saul's favorite toy–ever–so he likes to grab one to carry around whenever he gets the urge to herd and nip. Because of that herding instinct, Saul will do best in a quiet, low traffic home with a fenced in yard without young children.
Herding breeds tend to bond very closely to a small group of people, and Saul definitely does the same. Once you've earned his trust, you'll be rewarded with a wonderful companion. Saul loves to snuggle his people, and he has aspirations to be a lap dog (even if he is a little too big). If you're looking for a dedicated sidekick and are willing to help him navigate his new life, Saul might just be the dog for you!Although Saul is cautious and nervous around new people, once he gets to know you (with the help of his trusted person), he's happy to make your acquaintance. He just wants to make sure that any new person really is a friend and not an intruder!
Saul would thrive with an active person interested in individual dog sports or hiking. He has met dogs of all shapes, ages, and sizes in his previous foster home–with appropriate introductions, he either walks away or demonstrates play bows and spins to encourage fellow dogs to join in the fun, and he also readily heeds communication from dogs that don't want to play with him. Saul is house trained, crate trained, and rides well in the car.
If you're interested in meeting Saul, please email his foster email@example.com to set up a meet and greet!
If you are interested in adopting Saul, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial virtual meet & greet with the pet’s foster parent or a staff member. They will reply to you within 24-48 hours.