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I have for sale an incredibly awesome 12 month old, 26 lbs dog named Ollie. He is an Alaskan Malamute/Blue Heeler (although looks way more Malamute than Heeler). If you are truly interested please read this whole post, it will be long but this is not a small thing in bringing him into your life. I care a great deal for him, and it is very sullen for me that it has come to this. My allergies have been much worse than expected in regards to him; it has been very difficult this month to function at all normally. I have spent nearly every day since
I got him a month ago playing with him, walking him, socializing him, and letting him roam around the yard and eat sticks (which he loves). To this point, he has been incredibly well taken care of. He is not in need of a rescue, merely a great new home where someone will love him as much as I do. He has had regular vaccinations and vet checkups, and in a month's time will need fixed.
Personality - He is one of the best behaved puppies I've ever been around. He is very much on the calmer side, even a bit skiddish if anything. So far he has become fast friends with any dog or person I have introduced him to. It is very important he keeps meeting new people and seeing new things when he is this young; his personality is developing very well. He is generally scared of everything until he realizes it's not a big deal. He is kind of an erratic and odd walker, but once you get him going he starts to enjoy it. He seems to be at a 0 risk at this point of running off. He never strays more than 10 feet from me, leash or not. He absolutely loves swimming as well. I didn't expect that, but if he sees a river he dives right in, it's adorable.
I would consider him 95% house broken, if not 100%. He now fully understands that he gets treats when he goes outside, and a stern exclamation and escort to the back yard when he decides otherwise. Truthfully, of the 4 accidents he's had since I've had him, two were my fault for not taking him out soon enough. He starts pacing around my room when he wants to go out. If he constantly walks about and keeps laying down, then getting back up, then laying down in another spot, that has been my go-to signal it's time.
He definitely likes to sleep, and is usually out like a light when he does. I am proud to say even as early as 8 weeks old, he has never not made it through the night in terms of going to the bathroom inside the house. Because of that trust he gets to sleep out of his crate, and has never let me down. He is not a huge fan of his crate, but seems to be softening on it a bit. I have never kept him in longer than 4-5 hours, and you shouldn't either. He is too young to go any more time (in general I'd really hope that wouldn't be a common occurrence for you anyways, I'd love him to spend less time crated overall with his new owner). It is important to crate him for the time being as he gets older however, since he is still a puppy and can be unpredictable at his age when he's left alone.
He is definitely in the teething phase. Ollie must have a good
selection of bones and toys. He responds very well to a stern "no" or "hey!" when he has something he shouldn't. He's very quiet and will for sure try to steal things from time to time and can do it without you noticing. If you take what you don't want him to have and give him his bone, he will just switch and forget about what he took. While he loves to chew, he is by no means a crazy puppy. He almost never acts out or runs around the house causing havoc. He has only once ever made an audible sound in my presence when we're alone. So no worries about him being a yapping dog that won't shut up. It's weird, I know he knows how to bark, but he just doesn't. Since he's a Malamute it's kind of a mixture bark/howl. I've only heard him bark maybe five times in total.
In general he is a very goofy, happy go lucky guy. He loves everyone and everything (except for my neighbors Dachshund but that's his fault not Ollie's, it was over a treat I tried to feed him in that dog's presence). He deserves the best life because he is a genuinely great dog. I know he will make someone very happy. He is also possibly the greatest conversation starter I've ever seen. I can't walk one block without someone wanting to see him. I've never seen a dog that looks quite like him.
What his new parents must have:
A fenced in yard, this is a must.
A big enough place to live where he's not tucked away in some tiny apartment. He currently is right now and I hate that he has to be.
More than one person in the equation. I do everything I can for him on my own, but raising a pup is so much easier with more people.
The patience and ability to never ever ever scream at him or strike him in any way. He is a gentle soul, and does not respond at all well to anger. He just gets scared. It is unnecessary to get a dog to be well behaved. Of all things this is most important to me. He's not a crazy dog, and doesn't need crazy owners. A firm voice gets him right in line.
A promise that no matter what happens, you will never take him to a shelter or put him in harm's way. I am terrified that someone who convinces me they're right for him, are a way different person than they project. If at any time ever it is between you taking him to a shelter and calling me to take him back, call me and I will drive wherever I have to. I am determined to make sure he has the best life possible.
More active people that will walk him and take him to do stuff daily. He is not, and never will be a couch potato dog.
What I'd like him to have:
A bigger family with at least one kid
Another dog. (I know this might not be possible, but ideally I would love for him to have a friend he spends all his time with). He gets lonely pretty easy, and I think this would go a long way for his development.
What I'm asking for:
I am asking $300 for him, not because I am trying to profiteer off him. I assure you I am in well over $1000 on this dog so far. But rather because I think it shows that little extra something that you are truly willing to go the extra mile to bring him into your life. If someone really blows me away with the life they will offer him, I will gladly reduce that price. He would also come with every toy, piece of equipment, and medicine I have for him (except for his crate, it is not mine to give). It is a pretty long list of stuff. Call me if you want to talk. Considering the magnitude of what this entails please don't text me about him, not unless it's to set up some time to talk on the phone.