Drools the 4-year-old Pit Bull-Boxer mix was brought to the remotely located Conour Animal Shelter in Monte Vista, Colorado, nearly 2 years ago.
Seeing the dog’s cheerful and extra-snuggly demeanor, the workers were sure that the handsome boy would get adopted soon.
However, Drools has now been at the shelter for a record period of over 720 days – and there’s still no hope of him finding a home anytime soon.
Source: Relay For Rescue/Facebook
“Relay For Rescue” employee Kacey Widetich has been caring for Drools for the past several months, and she believes that lack of exposure is one of the reasons why he has been overlooked all this time.
Another factor for Drools’ “undesirability” could be the fact that he gets anxious around other cats and dogs and needs to be the only pet in a household.
Source: Conour Animal Shelter – Upper Rio Grande Animal Society/Facebook
The constant rejections have taken a heavy toll on Drools’ emotional well-being. For the past few months, the otherwise happy-go-lucky pooch has been feeling particularly lonely, depressed and hopeless.
Kacey was quick to take note of the dog’s dimming spark. She is now spending her nights at Drools’ kennel to make him feel loved and protected.
In desperation, the shelter has reached out to the public in hopes of finding Drools his ideal home.
Drools is cautious of strangers initially, but is extremely loyal and affectionate once he bonds with them. He is good with kids and enjoys a moderate level of activity, nothing too exhausting.
Source: Relay For Rescue/Facebook
If you think Drools is the dog for you, do contact Conour Animal Shelter or Relay For Rescue. Conour Animal Shelter is also doing a fundraising to help not just Drools, but all the other dogs at their shelter live a good life and find good homes.
If you wish to donate to Conour Animal Shelter’s fundraiser, you can visit their GoFundMe page here. Let’s get the word out for Drools and help him find his forever home!
Click the video below to watch Drools’ story and his desperate plea for adoption.
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!