Tundra up for Adoption

Here's What You Need To Know:

  • Pet's Location : Newport News, Virginia
  • Pet's Age : Young adult
  • Pet's Breed : australian Shepherd
  • Pet's Gender : Male
  • Pet's Size : medium
  • Pet good with other pets? : Yes
  • Pet good with kids? : No
  • Pet good with cats? : Unsure
  • Is the rescue able to transport the dog to owner's location? : Yes

Reintroducing Tundra who has been in foster care for over a year with no interest in Newport News. Tundra is a 14 month old Australian shepherd/hound mix. His coloring is white with tan spots, and he loves being pampered at bath/brush time. He has learned to have his nails cut as well. Tundra is extremely smart and masters puzzle toys within minutes.

His favorite toys are a chewing toys or a squeaky toy. Tundra is crate trained and knows basic commands. He loves to go on hikes with his foster family. He has had experience with other dogs from 5lbs to 100lbs and finds friends in them all.

Another dog may help him adjust to his new home faster but is not necessary in his forever home. At 70 pounds he is a complete snuggle bug! His favorite part of the day is getting to cuddle with you in bed or on the sofa. He likes all people but LOVES women and will steal your girl if you are not careful. His foster dad has taught him that guys time though means new adventures like exploring Home Depot.

Tundras has in simple terms cone vision. He can only see with limited vision in one eye. He does not let this stop him though and his foster sisters have even taught him fetch (he can follow them to the toy / follow it if it’s tossed close). Tundra has a condition called Microphthalmia, which has caused his left eye to be too small, red and blind. Microphthalmia is a genetic malnutrition that happened during gestation when his mother did not receive the right nutrients.

This condition causes the eye to be underdeveloped. His right eye has limited vision. With his limited vision he takes time to warm up to new environments, people, and objects in the dark. When nervous or scared at a new object he may bark with a very deep bark but he will run and hide as soon as he does. Due to this we do not recommend homes with children under the age of 15/16.

One of the ways Tundra has adapted to his limited vision is through touch and so you will often feel him walk against your leg or put his paw on you or notice him sitting almost on your feet. His vets only recommend eye drops to his eyes when it is very windy or he digs in something like sand or dirt due to the possibility of getting something in his eye. The eye drops are over the counter.

His perfect forever home would have an active lifestyle, a fenced in yard, and patience to allow Tundra to warm up to new surroundings. If Tundra sounds perfect for your family, please fill out our application: https://www.australianshepherdsfurever.org/adoption-application There is an additional $20 microchip fee which includes registration and transfer to his new family. All adoption fees are used for future rescue efforts.