Our Wally is a big lovebug. Five years young, Wally won the heart of our Hempstead Shelter contact, Emily, who pleaded his case to us. We could not resist him and his big goofy ears! Wally had been ramblin' in the Long Island Countryside for some time, as suggested by the tiny fly bites on his ears, although he was pretty chubby for a ramblin' boy. Clearly, at 85 pounds, Wally did not miss many meals!

Wally hung out with Emily in the Shelter Office, and received a lot of TLC. He craves human touch and affection, giving as good as he gets. He became the staff favorite and was pegged as a lovable charmer, who was always ready for a hug. Wally seemed to fare well during the rescue process, and had the natural resilience to be unfazed by chaotic shelter life.

Wally has settled right in and has become a favorite of ours as well. He's proving to be a real gem, and has complied nicely as we have put some hustle in his step. A switch to a healthy diet and increased exercise has produced a 15 pound weight loss. No doubt, Wally is a big boy, broad and muscular, with a tendency to gain weight if left to free feed. He appears to be a mix of German Shepherd and Bullmastiff. We can see the elongated muzzle, stand up ears, and powerful stance of the Shepherd, and yet he bears the bulk of the Mastiff breeds. He is a strong, powerful dog, although Wally can be a bit laid back and lazy!

Wally gives the feel of a giant dog in a compact package. His short flat coat is easy to groom, and is mostly tan with cream markings on his chest and feet. He is easy to walk on lead, and has a moderate exercise level. Wally would be happy with a couple of leisurely daily strolls, followed by a long nap!

Wally would be a great choice for a moderately active single or couple, a recent retiree or senior. He could easily do well in an apartment lifestyle, and can be trusted home alone for short periods of time. Wally could join a multi-dog home with another well behaved dog, provided there is proper introduction and supervision. He would probably be fine with cats. Wally could join an active family with older kids, and would likely be fine with youngsters.

Wally has not had much obedience training, but he is beginning to grasp the basics. He has good house manners, and is house trained and crate trained. Adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will inevitably occur during his transition to a new home. He has been neutered, and has been vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitus, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza, coronavirus), and Canine Flu. He has been boostered as needed. He has had the 4dx test: negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. He has been dewormed, microchipped and is on preventatives for Heartworm and Flea/Tick. If you are interested in Wally, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call 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.