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SIMBA IS IN THE HOUSE!!!! (Adopted)
here's a report from the woman who saved Simba from death:
Very Affectionate and Loves Attention
In the morning, Simba runs up to my bed and put his head on my shoulder or stomach. During the day, whether you're sitting or standing, he loves to look up at you. If you're working at a table, Simba will lay down by you your feet or put his head in your lap for attention.
In the evenings, Simba loves to sit on my lap and be petted or brushed...he thinks he's a lap dog, go with it.
With each passing day I have Simba, the more love and kisses he gives. He will give you lots of love and attention and you should be have the capacity to return it because he thrives on it !
Important: Simba will flourish and do best in a home environment with a stay-at-home person (person who has a home business or stay-at-home mother, etc.) or a person who is there most of the day.
Loves Long Walks
I've gotten Simba used to long walks in the evening. I walk him around 6pm and he anticipates them now and will become restless as he awaits his nightly walks. He's great on leash, walks well.
As the summer gets nearer and the weather hotter, I have begun walking him in the late evenings (10pm or so).
Simba is an extremely fast learner. He already knows the commands "no", "get back", "sit", and "give me your paw".
If you correct him for some behavior, he will not repeat that behavior once corrected. Please do not yell or hit him, that's unacceptable, always just be calm and firm. Thank you.
Simba goes first thing in the morning, before bed, and after eating...common sense times. Although fed twice a day and at the same time each day (the consistency is good for digestion), on occasion I have had to feed him at a different time, yet, he still consistently goes potty at the same mentioned times. His potty's seem to be self-regulated.
Also, if you have somewhere to go and want him to go potty, give him a short walk...works every time.
His Happy Jump
He just loves praise. If you say "good boy!" he will give a joyful jump and place his paws gently on your stomach.
A request from his me, his foster, who knows him well now... Please do let him keep his "happy jump". It is one of the things that make him uniquely Simba! He's always gentle when he does it and the look he gives you when he does it while looking up at you says it all...please don't break his spirit by not allowing his "happy jump".
If you correct him for some behavior, he will not repeat that behavior once corrected. Please do not yell or hit, that is unacceptable. Always just be calm and firm. Thank you.
When he doesn't repeat the behavior, I will tell him he's a "good boy" and Simba being Simba jumps up and puts his head on your stomach with tail a waggin' ! He loves when you show him you know he was good. And when he's happy, he'll do his "happy jump" (and that's often).
Getting Along with Other Animals
Simba gets along great with large dogs. Still curious with very small dogs. Once he went very close to one of my cats...Simba was curious. Told him "no" and "be good". My cat just walked away. Simba just stared at him. The jury is out on Simba's temperament with cats. He will need to be tested.
Men v.s. Women
Simba will happily go up to an greet a complete stranger if it's a woman. With a man, not the same, it's 50/50 chance. Some men make him timid.
In the morning and sometimes in the evening, Simba will lay on his stomach on the front lawn with back legs totally stretched out behind him ...completely just chill in' out.
Simba has correctable separation anxiety. I've been fostering Simba now for almost a month and a half and when I would leave him he would begin whimpering/crying. He is happiest when he is around someone or knows they're nearby.
I quickly learned when I left him for about 4 hours one evening that Simba becomes lonely and anxious when left alone for that long and so you must provide him things to entertain himself (a fresh bone from a supermarket's meat dept, chew toys, donky kong with stuffed with treats, etc.). If you don't provide an alternative, he will begin chewing something you don't want him to in order to relieve his stress from your absence.
I also left him in the company of my other dog, a lab, which works great too. If you have another pooch for him to pass the time with before you return, that's another great alternative.
Here's an example of how much he enjoys human company. I was cleaning my garage and let Simba loose to either go play in the backyard or hang out with me in the garage. He stayed with me the entire time in the garage - and just laid down and behaved great. Never got into anything. He just craves attention and he's just a big, lovable baby!
At around 11am, I feed Simba 1 1/2 cups of dry food in his bowl and on top of that 1/3 to 1/2 of a can of moist food. I do not mix it together. I feel it reduces one of the benefits of dry food - gum massage and reducing plaque build up.
Each early evening, I set out about a cup of dry food in the evenings, just in case he's hunger from all his daily activities. Usually he'll eat about half of it. Again, as mentioned earlier, he'll go potty before he goes to bed at night.
Simba is neutered, microchipped, heartworm negative and fully vaccinated.
Primary Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Secondary Breed: Labrador Retriever
Mixed Breed? Yes
Shots Current: Yes