Fynn came to us through a foster service about a year and a half ago. He had no medical history apart from his recent vaccinations, not even a good estimate of his age. We were enchanted by his goofy smile and cautious but curious approach.

What we couldn't know at the time is that Fynn has substantial anxiety, especially around body handling and strangers in the home. We have since employed an extensive professional care team to help Fynn acclimate in West Philadelphia, and while he has made great strides, he is still triggered by many aspects of city life (mainly noise and crowds).

We have a close relationship with Fynn and wish we could keep him forever. He is eager to please, enjoys training, play, and snuggling on the couch. Unfortunately, there are certain privileges we cannot offer him -- a lot of land to run free and the quietude of suburban or rural life -- that now seem critical to his comfort. Could your home offer what ours cannot? We just want him to be happy.

Pet's Name: Fynn
Dog: Primary Breed: Australian Cattle Dog
Birthdate, estimate is okay: unknown
Age Category: Adult
Where did you get your pet?: Through a foster service
Adoption Day, when did you adopt your pet? An estimate is okay.: 9/11/22
Gender: Male
Size (at full grown): Medium
Weight (at full grown): 50
Primary Color: Red/Golden/Orange
What are your pet's favorite toys and activities?: toys with squeakers, fetch, chase/flirt-pole, hikes
Has your dog received any formal obedience training?: Yes
What commands does your dog know?: sit, down, stay, touch, look at me, go to your place, etc.
Has your dog ever displayed any behavioral issues, such as biting another person or pet? If so, can you please provide details on what happened?: Like many ACDs, he will nip (not bite) when anxious or pushed too hard.
How does your dog react to being left alone for short periods?: no issues
Are there any specific triggers that cause your dog anxiety or stress?: city life (noise, crowds, strangers)
Is there a particular routine that works best for your dog in terms of feeding, walking, and sleep?: We walk him at least twice daily (with plenty of time for sniffs) and feed him once in the early evening. He typically sleeps through the night.
Medical History and Care:
Vaccinations up to date
Spayed or Neutered
Special Diet
Special Needs
Never Vetted
Does your pet have any history of health issues or medical conditions that potential adopters should be aware of?: For his anxiety, we have him on a regimen of Gabapentin and Fluoxetine (Prozac), but that might not be necessary in a calmer environment.
Constant Companion
High Energy
Medium Energy
Low Energy
Needs Training
Friendly to Strangers
Good with Other Dogs
Good with Young Children
Good with Cats
Bonded Pair
Requires A Fenced Yard
Crate Trained
What's the most endearing thing about your dog?: his goofy smile, affection, and playfulness
What criteria are important to you when considering an adoptive family or home for your pet?: We are looking for an adoptive family that has a better environment (more land and quietude), but still wants to be engaged daily with this lovable pup.
Is there anything else you'd like your pet's new family to know?: We are willing to take time with the transition to ensure everyone feels comfortable.
Why are you rehoming your pet (primary reason)?: Housing is Inadequate for Pet
Rehoming reason details (if necessary): City life seems too triggering for Fynn. Despite working with him for 1.5 years with an extensive care team, he is still not comfortable in the only type of environment we can provide.
If applicable, do you have the legal right or necessary permission from the breeder or rescue organization to rehome this pet? :
Not Applicable
How long will you be able to keep your pet before you may need to consider surrendering him or her to a rescue?: Not an option, my pet will stay with me for as long as it takes
Who is your veterinarian?: Mt. Airy Animal Hospital
What do you feed your pet?: Science Diet Sensitive Stomach
Do you have pet insurance for your pet? : No
Would you consider a long distance adoption?:
City, State: Philadelphia, PA
Zip Code: 19143
How did you hear about us?: Google Search
Service Level: No-Cost Option: List Your Pet