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Higgins

Status: Available
Age: 2
Gender: Male
Location: San Diego , CA

Reason given up for adoption: Shelter
Temperament: Good as only dog
Health Condition: Good
Placement Limitations: Southern California
Special Needs: No

Comments:
Higgins needs a foster or adopter! Please help!
This big, beautiful green-eyed, Bulldog mix, came to SCBR from the Carlsbad shelter in May of 2020. He was found as a stray covered in fleas and his eyes were sealed shut with pus from untreated, painful, infections.

We estimated him to be only about 2 years old and our priority was to get his severe entropion fixed, as well as to have him neutered. He started his recovery process in a foster home but during his time in foster care we noticed that this big lug, (while wonderful with people,) seemed to be immediately reactive towards other dogs.

We were hoping this particular behavioral problem was due to Higgins not being properly socialized and having such a traumatic journey through these first years of his life. So, we contacted our go-to positive reinforcement Animal Behaviorist and were optimistic that properly socializing Higgins in a safe, home-like, stress-free environment, would help him overcome his issues with other dogs. While at our trainer’s Higgins eyes healed and he was finally free of pain and could see well, probably for the first time in his life.
When rehabilitating a dog who has been through so much in his life, our trainer gave it her best shot, presenting Higgins every learning opportunity available, and a daily routine using nothing other than Positive Reinforcement techniques.

Everyone that was involved with Higgin’s was hoping he could surpass and forget about his early life trauma. We gave Higgins a long duration of time with his rehabilitation. However, after the trainer exhausted every positive reinforcement technique available, and invited colleagues to suggest options, we sadly had to accept that after weeks of training with specialists, Higgins was just not going to be good with other dogs.

That being said, he is a gentle giant with people and our trainer feels he’d be a great family member with just about any “human” family, including one with children, but ultimately he needs to be an “only pet.”

As you can see, Higgins is bulldog mix with a “party in the front” with his bulldog head and “business in the back” with his long back and tail (he’s a backwards mullet!). Higgins loves to hang out and chill with people. He is healthy and active and is learning to love toys, walks, fetch, playing games, taste testing, couch lounging, snorting and snoring. All these things that he loves are new to him. When you look into his eyes you can tell how grateful, surprised, and happy he is to be alive and living in the moment.

Without a doubt, Higgins needs to be placed in a home that understands his limitations with other animals. Someone who is willing to have him be the only pet in the household. In return, Higgins promises to love you unconditionally if you give him the opportunity.

If you are interested in learning more about Higgins, you can contact Megan directly at: megansea8@yahoo.com or message her on Facebook. Also, our trainer would be glad to talk to anyone who is interested in possibly adopting him. He will need to be adopted through So Cal Bulldog Rescue. Thank you for your interest.

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