Meet PHOENIX! STATS: 1 year old mixed breed LOCATION: Pensacola FL NEEDS: Fenced yard, a dog friend would be nice. HIGHLIGHTS: Very sweet and loving pup. Phoenix was unexpectedly found one morning dumped in Francine's fenced yard, freezing cold and terrified. After being bribed with food he came inside to warmth, and his new life began! Phoenix is about a year old and weighs 18.2 pounds, which means he's close to fully grown. He is slightly underweight and should fill out a bit more, but we don't think he'll be more than 25 pounds. We aren't sure of his breed, but he looks like he has some dachshund in him, among other things! Phoenix is very timid when he first meets a new person. We don't think he was treated very well by people, or at the very least he wasn't in a home where he knew a lot of love. It takes him a little bit to warm up and trust. He looks at you with these beautiful sad eyes and you just want to hug him and make him all better! Once he knows a person he turns into a playful and clingy little guy. He really wants to be loved and acts like he didn't get much attention before coming to us. He loves to cuddle and get lots of pets, and he will happily curl up on the couch with his person. Phoenix has some puppy behaviors, like trying to chew things he shouldn't, and not understanding personal space (he might climb all over your face with excitement), but he will do well with someone to teach him the ropes. He is very praise and treat motivated. He really wants to please! Phoenix plays with toys and has started trying to play with the other dogs in his foster home. He would be good with another dog companion. If he is going to be an only dog in the home he needs to be where he can get lots of attention and time with his people. We think he'd be good with older kids. Cats he'd probably try to play with, but we have not been able to test that theory. Phoenix can be overwhelmed by a lot of activity and noise. When his foster mom's dogs were barking at a repair man, he thought they were barking at him and retreated to an open kennel to hide. He generally understands the idea of potty outside, but will have some accidents initially, especially if people aren't home all the time to let him out regularly. Phoenix has been on walks, and half liked it and was half scared, but we think he'll really grow to like them. His favorite so far has been a trip to a quiet beach. He does much better with fewer people and cars. One thing he is not a fan of is car rides. He gets nervous and shakes, maybe because he was left behind after going for a ride in one. His Foster family is working with him on this. He also doesn't like being left alone outside. He doesn't like being left alone much at all actually. We think he's dealing with the trauma of being dumped. He whines a little when left, but then settles well. He's being fed in a crate so he can't try to steal all the other dogs food, he has a voracious appetite! He would be good with a slow feeder bowl and portioned food. At night Phoenix likes to be in the big bed, snuggled up as close as possible. This pup is definitely a lover! Phoenix has been to the vet for a wellness check, is up to date on shots, fecal tested and wormed, is heartworm negative, has had a 12-month ProHeart heartworm prevention shot, and is microchipped with a lifetime registration. His neuter has been scheduled at one of our vets in a couple of weeks. His adopter will need to make sure he gets to the vet for his appointment. Because he has a pending vet appointment locally he is only adoptable within a one hour drive to Pensacola. If you would like to give this little sweetheart a home and show him what it's like to be wanted and loved, please submit an adoption application for review by visiting our website aplaceofhoperescue.com or by using the link below. https://form.jotform.com/212598760861062 *We are located in Pensacola Florida. Applicants should live within a 1-2 hour drive to Pensacola. Puppies, dogs with pending vet appointments, and dogs with behavioral issues are only adoptable within a 1 hour drive to Pensacola. *We are a foster-based rescue and do not have a facility. Our dogs live in private homes in and around the Pensacola area until they are adopted. *To meet a dog or be considered for adoption you must first submit an adoption application for review. This does not obligate you to adopt a dog. *Unfortunately we are unable to personally respond to every application. You are welcome to message us on our Facebook page to follow up on the status of your app.