Cosmos is an adorable three year old mini-aussie who had a bit of a rough start to life. Despite these hardships, he has made great strides with his foster mom and become a completely different dog with her. In front of most people he is terrified. He shuts down completely and will go hide in a corner and cower anytime someone approaches him. However, over the past month in his foster home, he has started to come out of his shell. When his foster mom comes home, he comes running to see her when she gets home. He does a little excited spin/hop/squeal dance and jumps up for pets and kisses. When they go outside, he rolls over for belly rubs and then rolls around in the grass (a favorite activity of his). He will come and sit nicely for treats and is very very affectionate.
Cosmos gets along really well with other dogs, preferring to play with them more outside than inside. Inside he is generally quiet. Outside he hops around and runs whenever his foster sisters and brother start running. He wrestles a little bit, but mostly just enjoys running around with the pack. He does not yet understand toys. He will need to go to a home where there is another canine for him to bond with. He trusts other dogs immediately, and his trust in other dogs will help him trust humans.
He is very food motivated and especially loves cheese and hot dogs. He was first bribed into coming close to his foster mom with cheese and hot dogs, which seemed to work very well. Cosmos is mostly house-trained, crate-trained, and starting to learn basic commands. He went on his first walk this past week and did fairly well on his leash.
Cosmos is still quite fearful of anyone except his foster mom and will need the right home with someone who is VERY gentle, very positive, very patient, and who will give lots of love and cheese before he will begin to trust anyone.
He is neutered, up to date on vaccines and heartworm negative. He is completely blind in his right eye. Cosmos is currently fostered in Raleigh, NC, and his adoption fee is $250.