by Lee Juslin
Liotta was picked up on the street by a shelter. Because he looked like a Westie or Cairn, the shelter called Col. Potter with whom they had a good relationship. But, with his rangy build, long legs, and his non-Cairn weight of twenty-three pounds, Col. Potter feels he has no Cairn in him. Nevertheless, the Cairn rescue took him in, and he went to Lynne, an experienced foster parent.With his big, goofy grin and his laidback attitude, Liotta blended nicely into Lynne’s pack of a second foster dog and three dogs of her own. Lynne says he is a happy-go-lucky boy that loves people and keeps a close eye on Lynne.
Liotta does need some training. Although Lynne feels he once had a loving home, he is not house trained, perhaps, because of having spent time on the mean streets. He also is very active, running through the house and jumping on people to welcome them. Lynne keeps him in a belly band to prevent accidents.
Liotta’s biggest problem is jumping and climbing over fences. Lynne keeps a leash on him when they go outside because he is so quick to get up and over her chain link fence, she would not be able to catch him. He even climbed out of a crate despite a wooden top. Now, Lynne has a crate with a connected, wired top. Although Liotta sleeps in his crate quietly at night, he does like to curl up with Lynne when she takes an afternoon nap.
Despite needing training, Liotta is a loving guy that would make a great companion with the right person or family. Although, he doesn’t need someone at home, he does need someone who can exercise him daily and who can keep up with this active boy.
Liotta needs an active family with older children. He should not be in a home with younger children as they might not be able to hold onto his leash. However, his biggest problem is a yard with a fence he cannot climb over. Lynne feels that a solid wooden fence, might work to contain him.
At six, Liotta has a lot of life ahead. Someone, who would be willing to put in the time needed to train this active boy, would be rewarded with a loving companion. Liotta is part of Col. Potter’s Mix-It-Up group and thus has a lower adoption fee.
Remember, breed rescues like CP with an all-volunteer staff, depend on financial, tax-free donations from individuals as well as support for their fundraising activities. You can also use your donation to name a rescued dog to honor a special family member, a friend, or a beloved pet.
If you would like to learn more about CP, volunteer, or make a very welcome financial donation to help dogs like Liotta, go to their website or FB page.