Parker is a pocket-sized pooch with great potential. Only 1 year old and a tiny 9 lbs., he's a very shy Rat Terrier, slow to warm up to new people and animals. Several months of TLC in his foster home have begun to pay off, however, and if you're willing to be patient with him too, in a few months he will become YOUR best friend--at least when you are sitting down! It might take a few more months before he won't run if you stand, but just imagine how triumphant both of you will feel when that day arrives! Parker is working hard to become fully potty trained. He follows his canine foster brother and sister outside and will potty there if he needs to. However he hasn't yet learned how to alert the humans on his own when he needs to go, so he'll still have indoor accidents. Fortunately, he's very good about using a piddle pad if one is available. As Parker gains confidence, he is also finding his voice. He barks whenever he wants food (which is often) and attention. Over the past few months, he has become brave enough to snuggle along with his foster siblings right next to the humans! He is learning to play but is a bit mouthy and bites a little hard when playing much like a younger pup would. For that reason, he needs to be in a home without very small children. He also has learned to get on and off the furniture but sleeps quietly in his kennel at night. He will let you know when it is time to wake up in the morning though! Parker likes the cats in his foster home, but he sees them primarily as playmates for games of chase, so any cats in his new home would need to like his style of puppy play. He is so timid around the dogs that he'll allow them to steal his food, although with his newfound voice, he'll sometimes object with a little growl. In general, however, being around other dogs gives him a sense of security, so he would do best in a home that has another small dog for him to bond with and follow around. Are you intrigued by the opportunity to help a little dog on his journey to becoming a confident canine? Then you're Parker's person, for sure! ------------------------------------------------------ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING PARKER, please go to new Rattitude's website at http://www.NewRattitude.org/adopt.htm, where there is detailed information and a link to our adoption application.