Aston was surrendered to the shelter extremely matted, especially surrounding his face. The shelter tried to cut away the hair from his eyes but he put up restistance resulting in the need sedate him to remove hair. Underneath the hair were blood shot, bulging eyes. They examined him and discovered that the cause was a severe blow to the back of his head causing his eyes to pop out the socket and cause severe dry eye. Aston has to have daily eye drops (they are artificial tears to moisten the eyes to prevent drying) and he put up quite the fight when he was first rescued but he’s slowly understanding that it’s part of his daily routine. Although its still not a walk in the park to put in his eye drops, he’s doing better with the people he trusts. Aston does have impaired vision so he will sometimes bump into things if hes not familiar with his surroundings. He doesnt like fast movement or to be touched around his eye region but will gladly recieve pets when he’s the one to initiate them so because of this he will need a home with no kids. He does well with dogs who are low energy or know how to take his cues when he wants space.
Aston absolutley adores the humans he has built relationships and trust with and will give kisses and jump with exitement when he sees them. He’s much better with new introductions as long as they go slow with him and understand he’s still learning to trust people. Aston can be a loving companion, he just needs someone to take the time to let him know that he can trust and he will show you the beautiful heart he has.
Foster update: Aston is very particular about what he likes and doesn’t like, and he’ll definitely let you know. He loves walks, car rides, treats, sitting in the sun, getting baths (so weird!), and you can take him to restaurants, cafes, and shops and he’s the chillest little dude who will just hang out by your side. He does not like getting his eye drops (though he’s learned to play along for treats) and we think he has sensitive skin (literally) and he will give a sneer, then growl if he doesn’t like where you are petting him. He usually seeks pets, nuzzles, and belly rubs on his terms, and will even insist on cuddles after his morning walk. He doesn’t seem to care for other dogs, but isn’t aggressive and typically just ignores them or runs away from them. He might be fine in a home with another calm dog, but probably not in a home with a lot of activity or young children. Though this all makes him sound like an old grumpy cat, he can’t hide that he loves his people and will wait by the door until you come home and greet you with jumps and kisses. However, given what he’s been through, he takes a while to warm up to strangers, so potential adopters really need to give him some time and space to settle in. He’s potty trained, crate trained, and knows some commands.
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