Our Padfoot is a playful goofball, who just lost his home because his owners misinterpreted the NO DOGS clause in their rental apartment lease. Under landlord pressure, they dumped Paddy in city Animal Control, where he quickly caught a cold, and, luckily, was rerouted in our direction just before he hit the Euthanasia list.

There has been much speculation as to Paddy's breed of origin. The obvious dominant breed is black Labrador Retriever. However, Paddy seems to have some of the characteristics of a Cocker Spaniel. He is a medium sized dog, weighing 35 pounds, with a lustrous black coat, that has a hint of curl to it. His ears look like a hybrid between Lab and Cocker, and his feet look like he is wearing the classic "Cocker Fur Booties." He is an active dog who needs sufficient exercise and mental stimulation to engage his working dog instincts.

Paddy seems to be a very adaptable boy. He could be the dream dog for an active young family, with older kids. It is reported that Paddy lived with a two-year-old child in his former home, and while he did well, we agree with shelter behavior evaluations that Paddy may be spooked by the overzealous attentions of toddlers. His temperment is outgoing and loving, and he will greet strangers with panache after he has had a few moments to warm up. He would adapt well to a multi-dog home with other well trained dogs, but we have not had him around cats. He doesn't seem to have a prey drive so he could do well, but we would need to introduce appropriately at the adoption meeting. Paddy's good nature indicates that he could fit into any type of active lifestyle.

Paddy still has a bit of an impish, puppy vibe, even at the age of four, and is fast to adopt a play bow. He needs at least a couple of brisk leash walks daily as well as obedience training to challenge him physically and mentally. He has a natural affinity for the outdoors, so retrieving games like frisbee, go a long way in appeasing his instincts. He would be a great walking or running companion and has shown tremendous aptitude for training. We have started Paddy on a basic obedience program, as well as Canine Good Citizenship training. He has excelled in every aspect, and has become easy to handle on lead. In the hands of motivated adopters, Paddy would be an obedience champ.

Paddy has good house manners and is house trained and crate trained, although, adopters must have appropriate expectations, and forgive the occasional accident that may occur as Paddy adapts to a new environment. He has been vaccinated for rabies and DA2PP (distemper, adrenovirus, parvo and parainfluenza). He has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. He has been microchipped and dewormed. If you are interested in Paddy, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call or text Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.