Hi, my name is Pistachio and I’m part of the Ice Cream-themed transport.
I’m guessed to be an Australian Shepherd mix and I weigh about 60 lbs. I’m a sweet boy and I am 2 years old. I’m labeled as special needs because I have hearing a vision impairments. I can hear loud noises and my vision is affected by a condition called starburst pupils. This is a very common condition in the eyes of double merles. The pupil will be shaped with spiked, jagged, or irregular edges. This does not allow the pupil to react normally to light and can cause a light sensitivity for the dog. I have hearing impairments for the same reason. But there are benefits to not being able to hear everything, for instance, I'm not afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks and I don't bark at noisy neighbors. I also sleep completely undisturbed. I’m a gorgeous boy and I play along well with dogs of all sizes. I am truly a LOVE BUG, I am the sweetest guy, I truly am. I really like men! When I get a male visitor I get very animated and I give them lots of attention. I also LOVE belly rubs. I have had 2 weeks of professional training and my foster mum will continue to reinforce what I have learned. But what I want any potential mum or dad to know is that I need time to settle in your loving home. With my vision and hearing deficits I have anxiety and can be reactive. You may know that you are here for me and will love me but it might take some time for me to realize that. I am not a big fan of being crated but foster mum says I have to when she is at work so I deal with it.... still not my favorite thing... I am house trained and do all my business outside. Please give me a chance to show you that I am a good boy.
All adult dogs, cats, and kittens are altered prior to adoption. Puppies too young to be altered at the time of adoption must be brought to our partner vet in Ashland, VA for spay or neuter paid for by Operation Paws for Homes by 6 months of age. Adopters may choose to have the procedure done at their own vet before 6 months of age and be reimbursed the amount that the rescue would pay our partner vet in Ashland.
This dog's bio is based off the experiences of the foster and/or volunteers of OPH as well as any information that we received from the shelter or previous owner. This is very important because it means that while they may act one way in the foster’s home, you may experience something different in your home.