Posted Aug 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm in Latest News



CongRATulations to the Zelle family!

Lefty is a tall standard rat terrier, weighing about 26 pounds. It’s hard to imagine, but he was a very skinny 16 pounds when he was picked up as an emaciated and neglected stray.  The shelter volunteer nick-named him “Honeybun” because that’s what they had to use to catch him.  Despite all the hardships in his short life, Lefty still loves everyone.  He likes men and women equally, and thinks he is a 10-pound lap dog!  Lefty can be a bit head-strong at times, and really needs someone with a firm hand.  A terrier-wise family would be great, because he is a big guy!  He gets along with all of the dogs in his foster home unless he is challenged, and then he will stick up for himself.   Lefty wants to please his master, and obeys commands when given authoritatively.  He is very playful and usually gets along with all of the dogs in his foster home, even the smaller dogs.  He has very long legs and loves to chase squirrels and birds in the backyard of his foster home.  Because of his prey drive, he is not good with cats.  And because he is a big boy who loves to play, he would probably be better with children over 6.  His perfect home would have a fenced backyard so he could get plenty of exercise.  We don’t think he would be a good candidate for an apartment dog.  He is crate trained (sleeps willingly in a crate) and completely housebroken with a doggie door.  He is extremely loving and affectionate, and walks great on a leash.  He also likes to ride in the car!  There’s just nothing bad to say about this wonderful guy.  For more photos of Lefty in his foster home, check his album often:

13 comments so far:

  1. Fred W Crouch said:

    Lefty looks like the dog I’ve been looking for. Due to his suffering before, he will be well taken care of, loved and respected. As for Lefty living with me, I’m disabled, and he would have my attention most of the time. I can feel a connection just by looking at him. Again he would be my friend and not a posseion.

    Very Intrested
    Fred Crouch

    posted July 29th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
  2. jeff perry said:

    I was wondering if Lefty has been around a cat yet. I have a rat terrier and my daughter has a cat. Thanks, Jeff

    posted August 17th, 2011 at 11:07 am
  3. Cora said:

    Hi, Jeff,
    No, he hasn’t been around cats. I would be happy to test him with a cat, though.
    My local humane society has an office cat that we can go visit. Lefty does have
    a prey drive for lizards and squirrels, so I just don’t know until I test him. Cora

    posted August 17th, 2011 at 11:32 am
  4. jeff perry said:

    That would be great, Thank-you. Jeff

    posted August 17th, 2011 at 1:35 pm
  5. David High said:

    Hi. Lefty is a good looking boy. Any idea about his age, and are there any health problems? We have a half acre back yard in Medford, NJ with invisible fence. We also have three female terriers, one of which we adopted through rat terrier resQ. Two of the females are pretty bossy and want to maintain alpha, but they got along well with our last rat terrier male, who was very laid back. Has Lefty shown any aggression toward other dogs so far? Is he good in a pack? Thanks.


    posted September 4th, 2011 at 7:33 am
  6. Cora said:

    Hello, David, I will email you about Lefty. I am his foster mom. Thanks for your interest in adopting! Cora

    posted September 4th, 2011 at 7:53 am
  7. Jerry said:

    Dear Cora,
    Thanks for fostering Lefty. If Lefty is still available could you tell me how old you think he is?

    posted February 8th, 2012 at 5:18 pm
  8. Lefty's fostermom, Lynn said:

    Hi Jerry,

    Lefty is approx. 2 – 2 1/2 years old…

    posted February 9th, 2012 at 9:59 am
  9. cindy said:

    he is a big boy . and love the when there big or small . ok my rattie gal she is 26.5 bls .

    posted March 6th, 2012 at 8:23 pm
  10. Anna said:

    I am interested in this dog. I have a rat terrier about the same size as him that would enjoy a companion. Please let me know if he is still available and if I could meet him.

    posted April 5th, 2012 at 2:52 am
  11. Mark Stanley said:

    If you still have lefty let me know, we just lost our Rattie after a 5 year strugle with liver problems. Hard for me to believe you have been trying to place him this long.


    posted May 7th, 2012 at 3:16 pm
  12. Cora said:

    Yes, Lefty is still available! I’ll let his fostermom know you have inquired. Thanks!

    posted May 7th, 2012 at 3:37 pm
  13. Jean said:

    Is Lefty still around. I’m close to Portland and would like to meet him.

    posted July 17th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

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