Our Patches is an impossibly cute, little character, who has just been abandoned by his owners in NYCACC, an overcrowded animal control facility, where he faced an uncertain fate. At least he wasn't alone. Patches was accompanied by his entire family: four generations of Jack Russell Terrier /Miniature Pinscher mixes, including Mama, with five buns in the oven. Owner surrendered dogs are at much greater risk for euthanasia than strays in a high kill shelter, because the 14 day process of determining the owner is unnecessary. Puppies are at highest risk, because often they contact a variety of viruses that plague city shelter dogs. Patches was quite frightened by his new surroundings and handlers, but did not fare too badly on his behavior evaluations. His time was expiring quickly, so we accepted the entire family into our Rescue, and Patches seem to gain some comfort from his siblings. Patches has adjusted beautifully and is an absolute love. He is a striking tri-color dog, who sports a comical black patch over his eye. At just 12 pounds, Patches has a compact muscular frame, with short legs, a physique that suggests the JRT input, while we see some delicate Min Pin facial characteristics in his elongated, pointy muzzle. Patches' white coat is smooth and easy to groom. Just 6 months old, Patches is the youngest of this multi-generational pack. His upbringing has been less than optimal, so he is a bit behind the learning curve in manners and social development. Patches has regained a lot of his puppy joie de vivre, and is friendly and outgoing, but will benefit from an adopter willing to continue him on a disciplined path toward Canine Good Citizenship. Patches' personality has all the wonderful quirks that you would expect from the JRT/Min Pin combination. He is a high energy little scamp who will try to rule the roost, if adopters are not firm about establishing leadership and house rules. Patches is so darn cute that folks will be sorely tempted to let him get away with mischief, but he will fare better in a disciplined home, where he is clear about who's in charge. The key to Patches is exercise and obedience work. This lovable ball of fire loves to romp and play, and needs a couple of brisk leash walks each day to get his ya yas out! He needs some structured leash work to reign in his exhuberance, and adopters may wish to use a martingale, modified choke collar for better control. Patches is not a good candidate for a flexi-lead because he will zigzag his way right onto his adopters last nerve, and perhaps into oncoming traffic. Patches would be the ideal choice for an active single or couple, who enjoy the outdoors, and have the time to devote to his training. He is extremely smart, and eager to please, and will perform his obedience sequence beautifully after a dose of exercise. Patches could do well in a family with older, dog savvy kids, who can treat young puppies gently. Patches genuinely likes most other dogs, and could easily join a multi-dog home. He has not yet been cat tested, but JRTs do not have the best reputation with the feline pursuasion. As a youngster, Patches needs fine-tuning on his house training. He is crate trained and has good house manners. Adopters are expected to have patience and troubleshoot the occasional accident that might occur as Patches transitions to a new routine. He is also a good traveler, although, a car safety harness will go a long way in keeping Patches in his designated seat and not in the driver's lap. Patches is in excellent health and has been neutered. He has been vaccinated for rabies and DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza and coronavirus). He has had the 4snap test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. He has been microchipped and dewormed. If you are interested in Patches, please write to [email protected] or call Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.