This sweet little guy landed in the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter in early December of 2018. There he lingered for weeks. During that time the shelter staff and volunteers worked closely with Hopi, helping him to gain trust in people and dogs.
At first, Hopi was shy and uncertain when people came into his kennel. Once out in the exercise yard, he began to transform. Hopi loves treats! Through positive feedback, and lots of treats, Hopi soon learned how to wait for the leash to be clipped onto his collar. He learned that he loves to perform "zoomies" racing from one end of the yard to the other. Whenever anyone came to collect him from his kennel, Hopi would perform happy whining, chuffing and 'gleeful' attempts to reach up with wagging tail.
Everything was progressing nicely for Hopi when suddenly he had a seizure - it was feared that he might have Cushing's Disease. CAPE was able to place Hopi into a foster home. After a trip to the veterinarian where blood was taken for tests, it was determined that Hopi does not have Cushing's disease!
Hopi's foster family says this about him: "Hopi is VERY cuddly! He likes a lot of affection. He is fully house-trained. He loves to walk and hike and has been on five mile hikes through local parks. He follows us around the house and is very good company. He loves to play tug-o-war and is good around other dogs, new people and children. And he sleeps through the night! All in all Hopi is an excellent dog with no troubling habits. He is super affectionate and loving."
Hopi is ready for adoption! Please fill out this Dog Adoption Application if you are interested. For more details about Hopi, please contact CAPE at 831-336-4695.
Hopi with his foster mom.
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