• AARCS ID# A38146289
  • Male
  • Breed: Shepherd/Mixed
  • Dog
  • Est. DOB: 3/27/2012
  • Size: Large
  • located in Calgary

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    Photos courtesy of Jean Haughey

    Murphy is a truly special pup and everyone he meets falls a little in love with him. Whoever gets to adopt this tiny-eared, big-hearted guy will be very lucky.

    Murphy’s history is a bit of a mystery. He was found as a stray with a painful leg injury. He’s been recovering from surgery for the last couple months and is now ready for find his forever family. He needs to have someone who will follow doctors orders to slowly increase his activity level while he rebuilds muscle, but once he’s finished healing he’ll have lots of energy to walk, run and play.

    Murphy is a sensitive soul who is looking for someone who will take the time to build his trust by being gentle and patient with him. If you are, you will be rewarded with the most loving and devoted buddy. Once he bonds with his person / people he turns into a confident guy who has a loveable, goofy and outgoing personality. Just because Murphy loves his people best doesn’t mean he’s a shy guy around strangers, he is very happy to receive head scratches from pretty much anyone. He often gets confused when people don’t stop on the street to admire him and offer him some love.

    Unlike those fluffy puppies you see on here, Murphy comes already knowing his manners. He’s given free run of the house and naps quietly while I’m at work. He has never had an accident or chewed anything he wasn’t supposed to. Murphy is an excellent napper, and he’d love to find a forever home that has a patch of grass for him to snooze in. He’s also very happy to nap with his head on your lap while getting belly rubs and being brushed. He’ll sleep in his crate overnight but would much prefer to stretch out on his bed.

    Murphy is very food motivated and wants to please, which makes him easy to train. He’s learned to sit patiently while he gets his leash on, before doing out the door and while waiting for his dinner. He’s learned how to shake a paw too. He walks well on a leash but can pull if there is something to chase. Normally you can get his attention away from bunnies and squirrels, but he can get a little over excited if he sees a deer.

    Murphy’s favourite things (besides napping) are chasing balls and rough housing with his doggie-foster sister. He has been very tolerant of his foster sister’s grouchy moments and he’d probably like to have a buddy in his new home or at least some doggie friends he can regularly meet up with. However, Murphy isn’t a fan of strange dogs who excitedly bound over to him or get in his face. Therefore, he requires slow and controlled introduction to unknown dogs (especially young dogs).

    His foster mom can’t even begin to describe what a wonderful dog he is and he deserves to find a family that can be as devoted to him as he will be to them

    Want to see more of Murphy? Search #themurfherder on Instagram for lots of videos and photos. Or put in an application and come see his tiny ears in person!

    • AARCS_cat
      Good with Cats?
      Has been good with dog confident cats
    • AARCS_dog
      Good with Dogs?
      Needs slow and controlled introductions to new dogs, especially those that are excitable or jumpy
    • AARCS_KidTested
      Good with Kids?
      Has been fine with the kids he’s met (6+) but appears a bit uncomfortable. Might be better with older kids (12+) with younger kids who are dog savvy enough to give him some space while he gets accustomed to them.
    • AARCS_SpecialNeeds
      Does this Animal have Special Needs?
      Yes, Medical Needs

      Recovering from TPLO (knee) surgery and will have exercise restrictions while he rebuilds muscle in his leg. Has mild arthritis but it’s not slowing him down any. He is also epileptic, but has only had 2 seizures over his 5 months in care and does not require any medication for it at this time.