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About Diesel

I'm a big "puppy", put in quotes because I'm almost a full-grown doggie now but let's face it, I'm still a puppy. I came here very, very scared and wanted to be around my mom and siblings to know things were okay, but now that I know more of the people here and I've made friends, I'm much happier! Some of them say I'm even "obnoxious" which is a big word so it must be a good thing.

I am definitely a teenager, unsure how to be a grown-up dog but a little too big to be a puppy now. Guess they want me to start learning things, like how to walk on a leash or follow commands! I'm so used to doing things my own way, that's a whole new world for me but I guess I might learn, if they give me enough cookies.

Sometimes, I really like other animals, and other times, I don't know what I'm supposed to do, so I do a bit of everything to cover all my bases! Like when I met a cat, I was like, do we fight? Do we play? Do I run away? I didn't know, so I barked a lot at it and hopped around defensively behind the nearest person, but I didn't want to attack it or anything. Then when I met this lady who wanted to take my picture, I was sure she was bad news, so I was all like, "wooo wooo wooo!" at her and growling and hid behind my caretaker. Then I went peepee, not because I was scared but because I saw a bush, and it looked like it needed to be peed on. Then I remembered that weird lady was there, so I went back to hopping around her, and then she started throwing me cookies. Those were yummy! Then I went back to hopping around because she might have been trouble. And then when she said, "I think we've gotten all we can," I decided we were BFFs and ran over and gave her kisses. I hope she comes back to play again! Who knows how I'll respond!

So I don't know why they say I'm obnoxious or what that means, but I'm pretty sure it means "he who covers all his bases". They think I could use a family that will be committed to training me. I guess that's good because then we'll spend lots of time together!

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1 years, 1 months
Shots up to date
Not Sure
Ok with kids
Not Sure
Not Sure
Not Sure
Spayed / Neutered
Not Sure
Ok with dogs
Not Sure
Ok with cats
Not Sure
Behavior Type
House broken status
Likes catnip
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