Mercury is a 1.5 year old Staffordshire Terrier mix who has a lot of heart as well as all that good puppy energy.He’s loving, likes to cuddle with his human and plays good pranks by taking your socks. I’ve been training with him from the moment I received him and so far he’s been doing extremely well.He’s excelling at basic commands such as come, sit, stay and lay down. He is very intelligent which has been shown in his training. I’m sure you could teach him new tricks very easily. He is playful and likes to chase and chew his toys.He gets a kick out of peanut butter bones and likes to mess around with his blanket. He is good with most other dogs.He at least likes to say “Hi” but we’re working on him containing his eagerness and excitement.Mercury’s natural curiosity and friendliness make him a hit in the neighborhood. People always comment on how handsome he is.He likes to play ball but mostly tug-of-war. He can’t get enough of it. The plushier the toy is the better. He enjoys running around a yard, he likes to gallop. Recently I took him in a good hike and he was excellent. He made some friends both canine and human and of course became really popular.
After a good walk/run, he’ll lay and bask in the sun. Don’t even think of moving him from his sun but with some coaxing, he’ll go.
What he loves the most though is the love from his human. Belly rubs, back rubs, ear scratches and hugs, he soaks it up. With that he’ll just lay on you like a lap dog, happy as can be.
He’s a very healthy eater, chows down like no other dog. He’s still a growing boy so food is his friend. He loves to munch and a good bone after a long walk.
He was not house trained when he arrived but so far he has stuck to his healthy walking routine and has had very little accidents in the house.
Though, he will sometimes whine for attention while you’re home (Puppy behavior that is being worked on with training) there has been so far no issues with leaving him home alone as long as he has had food, a good walk and a chew toy/bone. I’ve been gone most for 3 hrs with no incident. I am sure to give him the love after I settle in from returning.
He does still have his quirks though. He’s scared of some trucks and buses and large dark objects. At night is a person resembles a tall looming dark like figure, he gets nervous and tends to give a low growl or bark. He has never attacked, just given off a fearful warning. After some training discipline and comfort, he doing better at moving on. He does not though, appreciate children at all. My thought is that at one point he was bothered/abused by youngsters. He does not beg for food but if you sit too close he might just finish off your pizza. Since he used to live on the street, he still tends to try to eat food on the ground. Training is helping break this habit. He has stolen some on my objects (clothes, towels, undergarments) in an attempt to play but like most of these quirks they are fixable through the proper training.
Mercury is truly a wonderful dog with a great personality. He gives kisses galore, he makes you laugh with his klutziness but most of all his snort/grunt sounds like an oink as he shares his contentment and sniffs in life. Hence his nickname ‘Piggly Wiggly’.
Mercury will definitely make one lucky family so happy.