He’s adorable, he’s friendly, but he just can’t seem to catch a break. Simon, a two-year-old black Labrador retriever mix was found wandering the streets in Brooklyn, New York the day after Christmas. When his owner was notified Simon was picked up as a stray, via the dog’s microchip, the woman didn’t want him anymore; she stated he had shown signs of aggression.
During Simon’s assessment at the shelter, he was social to everyone and allowed all handling. Simon does seem to be uncomfortable with other dogs, and therefore he would do best as an only dog and with an experienced owner “prepared to safely manage Simon when he is around other dogs, to keep him below his threshold for reactivity as much as possible, and to consider positive reinforcement-based behavior modification and counter-conditioning to address his underlying anxiety around other dogs.”
Click here for Simon’s Pet Harbor listing. SIMON – ID#A1061514. I am a neutered male, black Labrador Retriever and American Pit Bull Terrier. The shelter staff think I am about 2 years and 3 months old. I weigh 83 pounds. I was found in NY 11235. I have been at the shelter since Dec 26, 2015. Simon doesn’t come without a host of references from shelter volunteers either.
“If you are like me, you’re often drawn to the “underdog” of the shelter; the dog who seems to be most overlooked. I can see how Simon could easily be passed over. He’s black (the color of dog least often adopted), he’s big (almost 85 pounds), and he is very loud when he’s inside his cage. But really… can you blame him for jumping up on the cage and barking when someone walks by, in the hopes that he’ll get a chance to go for a walk? He’s a L mix with a lot of energy, and without stimulation and exercise he is not a very happy camper. Simon knows how to sit for treats, loves to play, and has a lot of energy…”
Another shelter volunteer writes, “Simon is beautiful lab mix. He is a bit chubby but is a hunk of love. Only two years old with a long life ahead of him, Simon needs a friend. You can be his friend for life. Come share your life with Simon.” And one more shelter employee had this to say about Simon while giving the dog a bath: “Simon is def Lab (he’s listed as that mix) and it’s clear with his “otter” fur during the bath. He was so still, gentle, and relaxed the entire time. I think his notes said he doesn’t like other dogs, but being handled, plopped in the tub, and under the water was not a problem at all for him!”
Simon is a dog who has been dealt a lousy hand and lacks the training and patience he should have had as a puppy. For sure, he’s a “people dog” which has made him truly endearing to everyone who has met him; now he needs to learn how to be a better canine citizen and lead a long, happy and healthy life. Please share Simon’s plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and every life counts.
For additional information about adopting Simon, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the shelter’s webpage.
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