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Fridge

APA-A-54667

Looks Like
Terrier, American Staffordshire / Mix

Sex
Male

Current Weight
49 lbs

Estimated Age
4 Years
9 Months

Location
TLAC
Building 3

Adoption Fee
$0
Looks Like
Terrier, American Staffordshire / Mix
Sex
Male
Current Weight
49 lbs
Estimated Age
4 Years
9 Months
Location
TLAC
Building 3
Adoption Fee
$0
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Don't let his name fool you because Fridge is anything but cold! When you first look at Fridge, he might seem so stoic and serious, but when he flashes that ear-to-ear grin, your heart will melt like a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer's day! This sweet boy is the perfect dog for those of us who enjoy our quiet time. He is happy to lay right under your feet while chewing on his favorite toy, offering the quiet comfort that only dogs can provide.

In the home, Fridge proved to be the perfect houseguest, potty-trained and non-destructive. Give him a squeaky toy and he'll happily trot around the house like a playful puppy. During his sleepovers, he does great on his own, with minimal barking and lots of napping! In fact, his sleepover friend described him as a "lovely, easy dog."

Fridge can be shy with new people at first, but when he leans in for a pet you know you've got a friend for life. He intuitively knows exactly what his human friends need, whether it's a kiss on the cheek, a soothing lean against your leg, or playful antics that will make you laugh. Fridge is as loyal as they come and prefers to be as close to his people as possible and likes looking into their eyes as they stroke his soft velvety fur. Fridge really seems to enjoys observing his people, and human companionship (and head pets!) are his favorite things. Oh, and tennis balls. Fridge's fetch game is on point and he has an A+ in "Drop".

Fridge has a moderate energy level - not too lazy, not too playful. He's mastered his basic commands and is thriving in APA!'s Total Obedience Program. The Total Obedience Program (TOP) is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Fridge has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help him learn the skills to become the best dog he can be! Fridge is learning skills like walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers or other dogs, staying in a sit or down until told "free," and coming when called. His greatest skill, however, is scoring bonus treats from his trainer when he flashes his trademark puppy-dog eyes.

Once Fridge successfully completes all the skills on his training plan, he will be considered TOP Dog Ready! Fridge is working hard to become a wonderful companion, and as a part of APA's Total Obedience Program you can work with APA staff to continue to build a training relationship with Fridge 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

Fridge is a gem of a dog and he's looking for that special person to make his own. We have no doubt he will make his forever family very happy, so if you're in need of a loyal and loving best friend, come meet Fridge today!
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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.

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

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You must be at least 18 years of age.

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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.

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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!. Personal checks will only be accepted for surgery deposit.

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