Pet Spotlight: He’s a Knucklehead Only Because He is a Puppy

by Helen Hartel
Knuckles4670399Meet six-month-old Knuckles, a male Pit Bull mix. Nothing is known about his past, because he came in as a stray. Though he appears happy now, that was not always the case.

He was rushed to the vet when he got to the shelter because he was lethargic and throwing up. The vet found a corncob stuck in his intestines. It’s impossible to imagine his life on the streets when you’re just a baby fending for yourself, scavenging for food and just trying to get by.

The good news is he had surgery, has healed, and he is on his way back to being a very energetic puppy. The only remaining issue is itchy skin, but medicated baths at the shelter seem to be taking care of the problem.

Here are some things you should know about him:

· He is very smart and has already learned how to sit.

· He has been working on his leash skills and is doing pretty well.

· He loves his toys and always carries one around with him.

Knuckles.1Remember, Knuckles is a puppy, so he is going to need someone who has the time, love and patience to continue his obedience training. Socialization and puppy training are of utmost importance as puppyhood is the most important and critical time in a dog’s development. What you do and do not do right now will affect the dog’s behavior forever. If you don’t have that kind of dedication, then he is just not the right dog for you.

His breed is often misunderstood, so he will need a special someone or family with energy to match his own. One who is willing to spend the time with him indoors and out. If you do, he will show you the loyalty that “Pitties” are known for.

To choose Knuckles, request ID # A.4670399. The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit http://animalcare.lacounty.gov


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