Apache is a 7 month old blond male that comes to us from the Southwestern Missouri Humane Society. He is 47 lbs and has been neutered. He is a sweetheart, and like many Ragom pups, he is a Velcro dog. Apache loves people and wants attention more than just about anything. When he wants to be petted he will place first one paw, then the other paw, and then his entire upper body in your lap. If you let him, he will climb on the couch and snuggle with you. He also likes playing fetch, and with his lanky body and long tail is gorgeous to watch run.
He was probably abused in his past life, as he hunkers down if you seem the least bit upset with him, and when he was accidentally hit by a kong bouncing off the garage, it took him a day to play fetch again. With reassurance that he is safe and loved, no matter what he does, I think Apache will continue to bloom into a loving, outgoing dog.
He has been tested by both my cats and passed wonderfully. One of them is daring and will walk right by him, watching to make sure he isn't too interested. Apache followed for a little why but didn't take any other action. My other cat doesn't really like new dogs, so she hisses to make them go away. Apache picked up on the clue and backed away. Apache does have some issues with other dogs, but nothing too extreme. Basically, he doesn't like other dog taking his things when he is using them, and he doesn't like to be challenged by another dog. In both of these circumstances he and my dog, Pero, have tussled. No one was injured and they were pretty easy to separate. Apache let Pero know not to do that, and Pero accepted the lesson. They get along fine 99.5% of the time, and I leave them home alone together without incident. They do not play together, but they don't mind being with each other. Apache does like other dogs, and was very interested in numerous goldens at the Ragom meeting.
Apache will occasionally growl while eating, at nothing in particular it seems, but he may be letting my dog know not to even think about stealing his food. They are fed together in the kitchen, about 4 feet apart, and when Apache has growled Pero was contentedly eating his own, and Apache was looking at the wall or water dish. I can take his food, toys, and treats (if I can pry them out of his mouth) away, without problem and he will let me handle his ears, paws, teeth, and tail.
Apache went to the vet and the groomer without any problems. He rides in the car, actually content to stay in the backseat without restraint. He mostly sleeps while back there. He will stick his head out the window if you let him, even when the car was going 45-50mph. This made me nervous, so he was encouraged to pull his head in with a tug on the leash.
Apache likes going for walks, although he can be a little nervous in new situations. If he sees unexpected movement, such as people in their yard or squirrels, he will stand still and needs to be encouraged to keep going, although this is lessening as he gets used to it. I have been using a gentle leader on him, and while he does occasionally fight it, he is learning to accept it.
Apache does not like to be separated from you and will bark if you leave him in a room alone. When I go to work I have been leaving him behind baby gates with mixed reviews. Two of the three days he escaped by pulling the baby gates down, and the third day the gate was tighter and he couldn't escape. When he did get loose, he was fine, didn't destroy anything and didn't have any accidents that I am aware of. He was alone both times for about 9 hours. Based on this you would think he was housetrained, and he is mostly. He doesn't pee in the house, despite drinking lots of water, but he has tried to poop a couple of times both when we were home. We are working on interpreting his signals better and convincing him to go when he is outside.
Overall Apache is a wonderful guy looking for someone who will love him and convince him the world is a wonderful place. If this could be you, let Ragom know.