Our Sam is a playful goofball, who just joined us from NYC ACC. He was surrendered with his brother, Bowtie, by lackluster owners who grossly miscalculated the hijinks that two sibling puppies could perpetrate on a naive household. And so, rather than pursue any training or discipline, these folks dumped Sam and Bowtie into a high-kill facility, where they were vulnerable to a number of upper respiratory viruses. Bowtie was adopted through the shelter program, but Sam came down with the shelter bug and had to come to us for vet care. Sam appears to be a beautiful yellow Labrador Retriever, with perhaps a scosche of hound DNA. He is a medium sized dog at 45 pounds, with a lustrous yellow-tan coat, with cream markings. Sam is an active older puppy who is a bit behind the learning curve on his manners and obedience, but has made a lot of progress here in our training program. Sam is a high-energy dog that needs sufficient exercise and mental stimulation to engage his working dog instincts. Sam seems to be a very adaptable boy, although in circumstances where he is an only dog, he has shown some separation anxiety behavior. The ideal situation for Sam is in active single couple or family, with another well-trained friendly dog, who can show Sam the ropes. 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. Sam's good nature indicates that he could fit into any type of active lifestyle. Just one year old, Sam still has a bit of an impish, puppy vibe, 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 Sam 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, Sam would be an obedience champ. Sam has decent manners for an older puppy, and is house trained and crate trained, Adopters must have appropriate expectations, and forgive the occasional accident that may occur as Sam adapts to a new environment. He has been vaccinated for rabies and DA2PP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza and coronavirus). 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 Sam, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call or text Denise at 860 908 9738 for more info.