Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

GRR Number: 21-050

Type of Surrender: Giddings Animal Shelter

Status: Available

Weight: 100

Age: 4-5

Personality: Brutus, otherwise known as “Andre the Giant,” is really a very gentle giant. He is a people lover but may have had some bad treatment in his life – he has a large scar across his nose. He needs to be treated with patience and confidence and he will be a wonderful companion. 

He is 100% housebroken after a week of practice. Brutus is trustworthy and does not need a crate. He never jumps up on people. He needs to be restrained in the car only because he likes to ride “shotgun” in the front seat. He’s still pulling on the leash, so he definitely needs some work there. Using a harness instead of just a collar would be best. Inside the house he has shown no bad habits. He sleeps through the night. He likes to “tuck in” his foster folks at bedtime by putting half of his body on the bed to be close while they go to sleep. Brutus is also easy to groom. He is great with other dogs and completely ignores the cat. He has not been around children but would probably do well with older children. He likes to paw you for attention which might not be great for young children. 

As far as his energy goes, Brutus is a couch potato. He wants to be petted and paws with insistence. He’s a chill big boy and loves to hang out on the couch to snuggle. He’s a bit scared sometimes and takes a few minutes to warm up to new people. He starts with a deep bark to let you know he is unsure if you are a safe person and then gives you the benefit of the doubt. He is so sweet and needs a lot of patience. His true personality may have not completely presented itself yet. However, there is no way he will lose all that sweetness. 

Brutus’ foster folks have no worries about him and believe he is a diamond in the rough. Instead of towering over him to get him to respond, which seems to make him nervous, foster mom just sits in a chair and calls him. He comes right over. When he is scared, he will pancake to the floor.  

Ideal Home: A forever home with a nice, big grassy yard would be ideal Family members should be able to handle a 100 pounder on a leash. But the most important thing is a family who can take the time to make him feel a connection with him to make him feel safe and get him to come out of his shell. He needs patience. For people who are often in a hurry and want immediate compliance this is not the dog for you. But a family who wants a sweet, laid-back dog, then Brutus is perfect. 


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