Adoption Area: Knoxville/East Tennessee

LeRue's Requirements: LeRue here and I’m just going to give it to you straight. I am a very active 10-pound male Maltipoo around 11 years old. I am a one woman man… well, umm… dog. I’m looking for my one and only woman who wants to be the center of my universe. My only interest is in one woman that I can lavish my attention and affection on. I take a long time to warm up to new people, especially men. So when I come to your home you will need to go slow and be patient with me. I’m fine with other dogs in the house and I absolutely love the cat in my foster home, we play all the time.

About me, I was found in the rain, in the road and the kind people that picked me up looked for my people. They found them! Sadly, they didn’t want me back. I only lived with them for about a year. Before that, I lived with their neighbor for about 10 years. Not sure what happened to my first family. Anyway, that’s how I ended up in my foster home with SBRET. My foster people are amazed at how high energy I am for an 11-year-old dog.

I was very angry when I came to my foster home. I completely lost my trust in people. I wouldn’t let anyone near me, especially men. My foster mom was calm and firm with me and by day 3, I was in love. My new lady will need to be dog savvy and be able to remain calm when I escalate and be firm about what is acceptable behavior and what is not. She will need to be patient with me. I promise that once I trust her and fall in love with her, she will be the center of my universe and I will lavish her with kisses and happy wiggles. I didn’t want anything to do with my foster dad at first, in fact, I was quite mean to him. It took several months of him being persistent but not pushy and having inordinate patience to win me over, but now I think my foster Dad is pretty nice too… he doesn’t hold a candle to my foster Mom, but I let him pet me and pick me up now.

The main thing you need to know about me is I’m not really great with new people, especially when they’re walking. Movement triggers me and I’ve been known to go after moving ankles. For this reason, there can be no children in my new home. My foster Mom and Dad have discovered that I’m super food motivated! So, every time someone new comes walking in, they are given treats to feed me. I’m going to need someone with the patience and understanding to continue my training with new people.

I am potty trained and walk on a leash. I enjoy going on walks and have no problem walking with other dogs. My foster parents take me to the SBRET walk at The Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus almost every week. Before the walk, I yell at everyone and lunge at some dogs. I really enjoy the walk though! We usually do a little over a mile. When we get back to the patio, I do much better because I’ve worked off my energy. My foster parents also hand out treats to everyone to give me to help me with my trust issues. They will keep working on that and my new person will have to as well.

My foster parents tried to keep me in a crate at night and when they left, but I wasn’t having it! I just barked and barked so now I sleep downstairs on the sofa with my foster siblings at night and am fine out with the other dogs whenever the people leave the house. I have an annoying habit that if a dog starts barking, I run and bark in their face and am pretty obnoxious about it, which could be a problem for some dogs.

I really like playing with the kitty in the house. He is a lot of fun and we run around and wrestle with each other every day. So, I would love to find a home with a playful kitty.

Fun fact! Everyday, when my foster mom rolls out her yoga mat, I immediately do a down dog on it. She tells me I’m adorable.

I’ve had a dental, been neutered, microchipped and am up to date on all my vaccines and preventives. SBRET will cover the cost of a couple in home training sessions to help with my adjustment. My adoption fee is $100. Are you the lady I get to put on a pedestal?