Personality: Jeff Ranieri is a big and sweet boy looking for a home to call his own. He has lots of energy and he will need an active home that can meet his need for physical and mental exercise. He can get jumpy and rowdy when excited but he is very food motivated and very willing to learn good manners. Jeff loves to play with squeaky plush toys followed by snuggles and belly rubs. He also really enjoys playing in water especially on hot summer days. A training scholarship has been funded by The Pedigree Foundation.
History: This gentle giant has been a community dog in a local neighborhood for about a year and a half in the Central Valley. He was brought to our shelter because of his leg injury that needed medical attention.
Dog Skills: Jeff would do best as the only dog in a home as he is too forward and will easily overwhelm other dogs. His adopters are recommended to seek advice from professional trainer about working with Jeff on his dog skills.
Leash Skills: Jeff pulls while walking on a leash and would benefit from the use of a front clipping harness while he learns loose leash walking.
Medical: Jeff arrived at HSSV with a neurologic condition that did not allow him to use his L front leg normally. We suspect he had some sort of injury to the nerves that go to his front leg, causing a decrease in both motor function and sensation. Since then, we have noticed great improvement in the function of his left front leg. He sometimes walks on only 3 legs when he picks up speed, but has not shown any signs of trauma to the foot, either from walking or self induced. At this point in time, we are optimistic that his condition will remain stable and potentially continue to improve. No treatment is recommended, but the adopting family must be willing to seek veterinary care for Roscoe as needed for his neurologic deficits to his left front leg.