Moe (Moelywn Mawr)

Name: Moelywn Mawr
Age: 2-3 years
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Gender: Male
Weight: 40 pounds

Name: Moelywn Mawr

Age: 2-3 years

Breed: Australian Shepherd

Gender: Male

Weight: 40 pounds

Moelwyn Mawr (Moe for short) is a 2-3 year old deaf Aussie boy. Moe came to us as a stray and from day one it was clear that more than anything, he wants his own home and his own people to give him lots of love. He is scared when first meeting new people, but once he warms up he becomes a sweet, super velcro dog. He adores petting and attention, and gets so excited when he sees his favorite people that he wiggles nonstop. He follows his foster mom everywhere, and if she leaves the room and comes back in even just a minute later, runs over and greets her with more excited wiggles. His foster parents have been working on teaching him that jumping is not the way to get attention (he wants to be as close as possible, and even tries to reach up and “hug” his people, or climb in their laps when they sit on the couch). He has learned that he’s supposed to sit for greetings – but sometimes if his foster mom has been gone all day, he can’t quite contain his excitement and still jumps up. He’s learning the hand signals for sit, off, leave it, and come.

Because he was an outside dog before he came into rescue, he does sometimes lift his leg in the house. He is improving in his foster home, but still will have issues in a new place or when he gets really nervous or excited. He is crate trained, and sleeps quietly in the crate at night and during the day when his foster parents are gone.

Moe is great with most other dogs, and loves to chase and play with his two foster siblings. He met a Yorkie and a small puppy over the holidays, and he was super sweet and gentle with both. Because he is deaf and new to being a “house dog”, Moe would do best in a home with another dog to help him feel more comfortable. When he first got to his foster home, he wouldn’t leave his foster mom’s side out in the yard, but soon he began to follow the other dogs around and then he figured out how fun it is to race around, play, and explore the yard.

Moe has plenty of energy to run around with doggie siblings, go for walks, or chase a ball in the yard, but in the house he is content to snuggle up with his people or lay right at their feet. He will entertain himself with toys or bones if he’s restless inside. He would love a fenced yard to play in, but he is pretty moderate energy-level, for an Aussie.

Moe is becoming more comfortable with meeting new people, but he’s still scared at first – especially of men. He bonded with his foster mom almost immediately, and it took a little time (and lots of treats) but he’s learned to love his foster dad as well. A household where there are lots of new people always coming and going – or a home that wants a dog they can take out to busy, public places all the time – would NOT be the best for Moe. Once he becomes comfortable with his family in his home, he warms up more quickly to new people coming in. Moe hasn’t had much exposure to small kids, but he did bark in fear at some when out for a walk in the neighborhood. He would do better in a home with children old enough to understand how to patiently and calmly gain his trust without scaring him.

Moe is looking for a family willing to give him unlimited loving, a furry sibling to play with, and a dog bed to call his own!

Moe is neutered, UTD on vaccines, and microchipped. He is currently fostered in Durham, NC. His adoption fee is $300.