Pet of the Week – Meet Silas!

They call me Silas, it’s nice to meet you. I am a three-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix and I’m here from the wonderful state of Virginia. The shelter I was in down there was way too crowded, so the nice people there thought I should come here to look for a new home.

When I was a little puppy, an awesome family came into the shelter and decided to adopt me. We were so happy, and I loved them so much! I had a great Mom and Dad and two-legged siblings to play with, too! But I kept getting bigger and bigger, and stronger and stronger, and Mom and Dad thought it was best if I looked for another place to live.

What? I can’t help if I got big! Did they think I would stay puppy-sized my whole life? Maybe if I wouldn’t have grown so big and strong, just maybe they would have kept me? I guess it doesn’t really matter – that’s water under the bridge now. Time to move on.

As I mentioned, I’m quite large and even stronger than I look. I will need a fenced yard at my new home, because I was not taught leash manners and I try to pull my people down the street. That’s a requirement – not a suggestion! If you don’t have a fenced yard and you’re really interested in adopting me, better call that fence guy right away.

The American Kennel Club says Catahoula Leopard Dogs are “powerful, and need firm guidance, as they can be independent, territorial, and protective.” Once they’ve become part of the family pack, they are “affectionate, loyal, and gentle.” I definitely am powerful, and I think with consistent training, I will be gentle, too.

No small children in my new home either, for obvious reasons. I wouldn’t want a little one to get hurt when I start running and jumping because I got excited! Cats probably wouldn’t be a good idea either, just because they look like something I should chase. And catch.

I don’t know if I would get along with another dog, but I’m willing to meet him or her. Since I’m young, I think it might be lots of fun to have a playmate in my new home. No little guys, though. I might squish them when we’re playing!

If you’re ready and willing to make a commitment to me, including training me and loving me forever, please submit an application for my adoption! Once I learn some manners, and find my place in your family pack, I’ll be an awesome dog that you’ll be proud to brag about to all your friends!

You can find the applications on the shelter website. When it’s been processed and approved, someone will call you and set up a time for you and your pack to come in and meet me. I hope I’m the next dog to find a new home here in Pennsylvania!