He sure doesn't look like it, but a DNA test revealed that Albert is 50% pomeranian, but the 12.5% hound DNA seems to be all his appearance! Albert is a 2-year-old beautiful boy who was surrendered to a West Virginia shelter, along with Einstein (a Pomeranian). Both boys were matted to the skin and had to be shaved at the shelter. They were left alone for over two months in a home alone after their owner was hospitalized with a terminal illness. The neighbor would feed the boys by opening the door and throwing food into the home. To add to their trauma, an animal control officer used a catch pole to remove the boys from their home. We don't know how they were treated by the owner, but both were extremely fearful when they arrived and each day are coming out of their shells. Albert will only be available as a long term foster to adopt home without other dogs. We will pay for a behaviorist to help the foster family work with Albert to get him rehabilitated into a playful sweet boy we know he can be. A fenced yard is also currently required until we know for sure that Albert is leash trained. Albert is taking daily Prozac and his demeanor has slowly been improving! He no longer hides as much, is exploring the yard more, and even barking at the squirrels. Albert is a commitment and will take lots of time and patience for him to come around, but ultimately he is a big baby that wants lots of attention. He does prefer a female owner, but tolerates the men of the home. It has taken since September, but he does sniff the man of the home and allows a little petting here and there. We would love to see Albert in a home of his own to grow and become the dog we know he can be. Albert and Einstein are not bonded and can be adopted separately. Albert weighs 23.5 pounds and is ready to move on from his past! He is neutered, current on vaccines, microchipped, and has been heartworm/lyme tested. You can follow his progress on our Facebook page or apply to adopt at PomPaws.org. Pawsitively Pom Rescue has a set $250 adoption fee.