Age: 7 years old
Size (weight): 16 lbs.
Coat & colour: Chocolate and beige dapple, short hair
Temperament: Sweet, gentle and very Affectionate. Insecure and wants to
always be near his humans.
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Unknown
Good with Kids: Older kids only
Housetraining: Does well on a schedule
Suitable for an Apartment: No
Origin: Owner surrender
Adoption Fee $300
And now a few words from me:
Bonjour, my name is Ballast et je suis bilingue! (That means I’m bilingual because, while I respond better to French commands, I’m now learning English too.) I’m a sweet guy and full of fun. I have tons of energy and love to go for walks, car rides or just explore the backyard. And I don’t mind the snow one bit. In fact, I like to make tunnels in it – I’m a dachshund, so it comes naturally to me!
My foster mom calls me her cuddle bug because I like to stay very close to her, especially if she’s relaxing on the couch.
But I should tell you that I get very upset when my humans leave the house and I tend to bark until I exhaust myself, so I
wouldn’t be a good apartment dweller. I’m slowly learning that my people will return, and that I shouldn’t be so anxious. When I meet you I may be shy at first, but I really do love people. Having said that, I’m not sure about those little humans. They make me nervous so I need a more mature family.
I’m housetrained as long as I’m kept on a schedule, but I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve been marking around the house a
bit. My foster mom says that this will get better once I’m neutered. I was the only dog in my previous home, but I would love a companion in my forever home — I love to play and snuggle with my foster brother and sister. Oh, and one more thing, I don’t like the crate, preferring to sleep in the big bed at night so I can keep my humans safe. Do I sound like the companion you’ve been looking for? A sweet, energetic guy with a gift for languages? Let’s meet! À bientôt!
And now a few words from my foster family:
Ballast is an absolute sweetheart. Don’t let his seven years fool you; he is a bundle of energy and is always ready for an adventure! He loves playing with his foster siblings and adores being near his humans. He gets very uncomfortable when
left alone and will bark a lot. We are working on this, and his new family will need to continue to work on building his confidence. He can be overly submissive when someone picks him up, and will flip onto his side or back, but this is not surprising considering that his life has recently been flipped upside down. Ballast barks when a stranger comes to the house
but quickly settles and warms up to new people, but it has to be on his terms. He does well in the car and on walks. Ballast
also listens well, provided the commands are in French. He is slowly learning English, and will be a wonderful bilingual dog. His ideal home is one where he won’t be left alone too often and where he will be included in the outings and activities of his humans. He requires a lot of attention, but he returns the love tenfold. Ballast will also need a home with
no young children—loud noises and sudden movements make him nervous.