Hi, I'm Marco! I am two years old, 50 lbs., and as handsome as can be with my soft coat, adorable smile, and curly-q tail. I was recently DNA tested and would you believe I have a total of 17 breeds - I'm certainly a mixed bag! I was found as a stray in a very rural part of North Carolina in November 2021 where I spent 17 months in the shelter, 22-23 hours a day in a kennel - that's basically where I grew up and all I've never known. I am now in a foster home in Connecticut finally learning 'how to be a dog.' I'm a big fan of cuddles, hugs, and pets and will curl up right next to you for some TV time or a nap. You will not be able to resist petting my soft coat. I especially love sleeping in the bed with you and will sleep all the way through the night until you wake up in the morning. I absolutely LOVE to play and adore my toys. Tug of war? Yep. Fetch? I'm a professional. I am very smart and anything that helps my mind think is enjoyable to me, like snuffle mats, food puzzles, treat finders, etc. I'm always up for an adventure and really like car rides - I love seeing new sights and while we're out and about, you'll see just how well I walk on leash too! I'm a big fan of other dogs and I'm also fine with cats. New people make me nervous so you will need to build trust with me, which I've already started with my trainer. I like people but do have a very strong sense of smell so I will usually bark or give a low growl. It's not aggressive, I am just a bit unsure. While kids are great, I'd prefer teens and up and someone that will be committed to training. My foster mom has already taught me to sit and I'm house and crate trained too. Since I spent my puppy years growing up in the shelter, I never got to learn manners. I will occasionally do this thing called mouthing. I mouth because I get just so overstimulated with excitement and want to include you in my play. My mouthing is not mean, I just don't quite understand impulse control yet but I am making great strides each day. I'm a very good boy with so much potential! I am just so happy to be out of the shelter and start my next chapter. Once we become friends, you'll see why my foster mom thinks I'm the best boy ever! My adoption fee is $375 and I am vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm negative, and neutered. If you are interested in adopting me, please complete the application at form.jotform.com/200883908893166. For questions, email [email protected].