Ringo is a 5 y.o., 20 lb. neutered Poodle mix.***** BECAUSE OF RINGO'S FEAR OF STRANGERS, HE HAS A SPECIAL ADOPTION PROCESS. Located in the south suburbs of Chicago, we primarily serve the greater Chicago area. ***** Because of his fear of strangers & bite history, in consultation with a certified behaviorist, we have set up an unusual adoption procedure. Any interested adopter will need to meet Ringo 2 or 3 times at his foster home in Steger, IL before Ringo & his foster would do a home check before completing the adoption. It's a slow process. We want Ringo to become as comfortable with an adopter as he learned to be with his foster & for everyone to be safe. Ringo is fearful when people approach him. This has led him to use his mouth, bites which in his mind are defensive, not attacks (one & done). Ringo is a fun little guy and full of personality once he gets to know & trust you. That trust will take some time to develop. He loves to run and play with or without a playmate, though he would prefer having a doggy pal to play with. He does, however, have a happy, but persistent play style which can overwhelm some dogs. Give him a secure fenced yard to patrol and he's in heaven, so an apartment or condo just won't do. Ringo loves to explore while on walks and enjoys riding shotgun in the car. He sounds like the perfect pup, right? Just like we humans, Ringo has some faults, too, so let's talk about them. Ringo, given the slightest opportunity, shows his talent as an escape artist. He just gets overexcited about the outside world & wants to experience it. Again, Ringo needs a secure fenced yard. He is also a vocal guard of his area. And, of course, Ringo does have a bite history. Ringo needs a patient family without children or cats in which he can thrive. So a patient, experienced adopter can win his affection if they take their time and allow Ringo to set the pace. He makes a great companion once you earn his trust. Ringo's curls should be trimmed by a professional groomer every 6 to 10 weeks. We encourage you to see & learn more about Ringo on his public Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Ringo-of-Heathers-Foster-Dogs-103134207905349, or search FB on Ringo Heather's Foster Dogs. Ringo's adoption fee is $295. He is housetrained, neutered & microchipped as well as up to date on his vaccinations (including 2 strains of canine influenza) & monthly heartworm, flea & tick preventatives. Any interested prospective adopter should be prepared to meet Ringo several times, but he's worth it! If you are interested in adopting Ringo, then please go to heathersfosterdogs.org. Use the Menu to choose How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application & you will be contacted. We are a foster based group & do not have a facility at which you can visit Ringo. We will make arrangements to meet with prospective adopters for Ringo only after a submitted application has been reviewed & a phone conversation has taken place.