Favorite
Top Dog
Dog Score

This dog may have restrictions (size/gender/temperament) on which types of dogs it is compatible with. There may be a higher level of management needed if going home with another dog.

unknown
Cat Score

This dog has not been observed around cats.

Child Score

This dog cannot go to a home with younger children. The age range may vary by individual dog, based on behaviors the dog has exhibited and the home setup.

Home Alone Score

This means the dog has had known experience in a home (for an extended period of time) and can be left alone (either in a crate or loose in the house) without accidents or destructiveness.

cursor icon

Hover over the scores to learn more!

St. Patrick

APA-A-25946

Looks Like
Retriever, Labrador / Mix

Sex
Male

Current Weight
51 lbs

Estimated Age
6 Years
7 Months

Location
Foster

Adoption Fee
$25
Looks Like
Retriever, Labrador / Mix
Sex
Male
Current Weight
51 lbs
Estimated Age
6 Years
7 Months
Location
Foster
Adoption Fee
$25

Share
St. Patrick is a cartoon dog. He bounces with glee when he sees his friends, and he wiggles and prances his little self all around to greet them. He loves his friends and trusts them completely, even to the point of letting them dress him in adorable pajamas and pick him up for cuddles. There is no other dog that can make a person feel as special as St. Patrick does.

St Patrick loves to play, zooming up and down the yard chasing tennis balls and bringing them right back to you to chase some more. He isn't great at catching balls, but he is great at making hilarious attempts to catch them. He'll let you know he's tired by flopping down and chewing away contentedly on a ball. Don't be fooled though, he will definitely still chase a few more. In the summers he will happily splash away in a pool, root around in the sandbox, or preferably both! He's also a champion tugger who loves to play with rope toys.

He's in training with the TOP dog program where he has proven to be a goofy little booger who gets so excited to get to his "place" mat that sometimes he tips over and ends up with his legs in the air. He has also patented his side-sit, which comes in a combo pack with his big goofy grin and loving gaze. He is a bit of an overachiever, and taught himself "crawl" just to make his trainer laugh. He is very proud of his skills, and lives for the praise (and snacks) he earns for being such a good boy.

As a TOP dog, St. Patrick has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help him learn skills like walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers or other dogs, staying in a sit or down until told "free," coming when called and his favorite, "place", which means St. Patrick will go to a specific place in your home on command. As a part of APA's Total Obedience Program you can work with APA staff to continue to build a training relationship with him after adoption and master all the TOP dog skills together. Check out a video on APA's CGC program, on which the TOP was based: https://vimeo.com/89434193

In the home, Paddy is an excellent houseguest, who is potty trained and loves naps! He chooses to avoid furniture and the kitchen out of respect for human spaces. He's more than content to sleep all night in his crate or on his bed. He bonds deeply to his person and the love affair is a beautiful thing to behold. Come meet the next love of your life!
Come meet your new best friend

Requirements

Time Icon

Please plan on allowing adequate time to be matched with a dog, have relevant consultations, and complete all necessary paperwork. This can take 1-2 hours in total.

Application Icon

Fill out our adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor.

18 Icon

You must be at least 18 years of age.

Id Icon

You must show a picture ID with a current address. If this isn't available, we will accept a picture ID with a current utility bill.

Hi Icon

An APA!-conducted meet-and-greet with current household dogs is recommended for most and required for some adult dogs.

Our adoption fee varies per dog depending on age, breed, and/or medical condition(s). This fee includes:

Spay or neuter surgery (Please note that an additional $100 refundable deposit is required for all dogs who are not yet spayed or neutered.)

Heartworm test on dogs 6 months and older

Current vaccinations

Deworming treatment

Microchip

Lifetime behavior support

Accepted forms of payment include cash, debit or credit card, or money order payable to Austin Pets Alive!.

Want to learn more? Visit our FAQs Page

MASONRY-15
Jun 19, 2020

HASS: The New Model of Animal Sheltering

We are thrilled to announce that a coalition of leaders from animal welfare organizations all across the country, including Austin Pets Alive!, has just launched the Human Animal Support Services (HAS...

See more from the blog