Handsome Jake is an older puppy, who has had a rough start in life. He joined our rescue last year after his owners surrendered him to NYCACC. Just six months old, Jake found himself in quite a pickle, and was not shy about expressing his opinion to Shelter Staff. He could not withstand the shock of stressful shelter life, so our liaison asked us to give him a chance in our rescue. His sweet face wore a forlorn, shell shocked expression that melted our hearts. Jake was a frightened little boy when he arrived on our doorstep, and his expression revealed extreme fear and anxiety. It has been a joy to watch him relax into his daily routine, and come out of the shell. Jake has reclaimed his puppyhood! As he adjusted to life at our place, we observed that other dogs were key in helping Jake find his inner puppy joy, and make the human connection. Jake is a unique looking mixed breed, that most likely has DNA roots in Labrador Retriever. We suspect some Whippet, as well, suggested by his slim, athletic build. He is a medium sized dog at 35 pounds and is extremely agile. Jake is an energetic older puppy, who did not have the ideal first Owner. When he arrived, Jake was behind the learning curve in manners. He is a high energy, intelligent boy who needs a good deal of exercise and mental stimulation. Jake is an active dog, who loves to play. He has a very docile, good natured demeanor. He would be the ideal candidate for a multi-dog home, with other calm dogs, who could help him feel his way in a new environment. Jake will greet strangers with shy reticence, but he warms nicely as the bond builds with his people. Patient adopters will be rewarded with great love and affection, as Jake learns to trust. We think Jake would be best suited to an active single or couple with patience to let him warm up at his own pace. He is the ideal choice for folks who enjoy helping a rescue dog bounce back from rough beginnings. Certainly, he would be the ideal running, jogging or hiking companion. Jake might be frightened by Toddler antics, but will blend in quickly with other dogs. Adopters can quicken the bonding process with frequent leash walks and ongoing obedience work. Jake's vibe seems mostly Lab. He has a tenacious high energy spirit that needs to be channelled into productive activity. After a high energy walk or run, Jake is ready for his obedience workout. He now knows some basic commands, and is both treat and praise motivated. Now at 1.5 years old. Jake has matured, has developed some house manners, and is house trained and crate trained, although adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will occur during his transition to a new home. Jake is in excellent health and has been recently neutered. He has received routine vaccinations and health screenings and has been dewormed. If you are interested in Jake, please call or text Denise at 860-908-9738, or email Angelsfrgod@aol.com for an adoption application.