Bubba American Staffordshire Terrier Adult Male in Winchester, Virginia

My story
Hi there! My name is Bubba... unless you want to change it!

Each of us Rescues has our own story that has a lot to do with who we are when we meet you. My story is pretty short and sad. The sad part is, there just isn't much to my story. I'm 18 months old and I've spent 90% of my life stuck in a crate. I didn't get to get out and play with humans or other dogs, ever really. I just went in and out. No one has taught me any manners or how to play politely, until I came to Shirley's Angels Animal Rescue.

I think people have defaulted to just putting me in my crate because of ALL my energy. The thing is I really, and I mean, REALLY like to play. I want to play all day long. I have so much energy that I can play for hours. Sometimes, I even keep trying to play with other dogs even after they're played out and tired, then they get mad at me when I try to keep the game going.

I'm still learning about other dogs' personal space and belongings. For instance, when they are chewing on a bone, I've got to find out what they're doing. Sometimes, they don't like this and then they get growly. That just makes me want to play more!! Sadly though, all my energy gets on their nerves and I don't know how to react to them. It's okay though, Foster Dad is helping me understand how to respond better and respect their boundaries. I'm very sensitive to aggression or sudden forceful motions - they scare me and I suddenly go into flight or fight mode. I've gotten so much better, I can handle SO MUCH more than I used to.

Before, when I got to be "too much, the Before Humans would get frustrated and put me away in the crate before I had enough time to run off any of my energy. They also used to yank on my leash to get me to go along with their plan. I didn't like this so, I'd respond to them with a quick nip but now, I know that it isn't okay to nip at people. I need some reminders to not react that way sometimes, but I've made a ton of progress in the last month or so. My new human friends are SUPER IMPRESSED. They really like me, they keep calling me "sweet. Oh by the way, if I'm not playing I would prefer to be cuddling with you! I don't mind being the big spoon or the little one!

Foster Dad says I'm a fantastic learner, and always gives me yummy treats when I do something good. I REALLY like food, so I'm willing to do just about anything for you. If you don't have food to reward me with, no worries - I'll gladly accept love and praise, instead. Or play. Always play.

I also have springs inside my legs, and I get really bouncy - especially in the morning, or after a nap, or if someone comes home. I've been learning how to keep four paws on the ground, and not jump up on people ... but it's SO HARD - I just really wanna say hi and see what's going on up there. You people are so tall! I'll get it with more practice! I love to chew on bones (and blankets, if I don't have bones). I'm not interested in chewing anything that I'm not supposed to, including cats so your kitties and your stuff are safe with me!

I'm getting the hang of going to the bathroom outside consistently. If I have a regular schedule, I'm really good and hardly ever have accidents in the house. Foster Dad doesn't trust me 100% but he says he'd give me a solid "B. I hang out in the crate while he's not home. It's not my favorite place, but I know I'm safe there and can play later.

I'm looking for someone who wants to be loved (a lot) by me. I'm going to be such a great Best Friend for you! Whoever you are, you need to be a strong leader, with a lot of patience and understanding for all my energy. I would love for us to go for runs or play with another bouncy, high energy brother or sister that doesn't mind my loving- and in- your- face- personality all the time. I really need a fenced-in yard so I can run around in a safe and controlled area. Right now, let's not do kids until I'm older and have had more time to figure out this whole "being calmer thing. I'll do great with them when I'm older. I'm going to be a 50-pound puppy for a really long time!

Will you play with me?
If you have any questions or would like to adopt Bubba, please reach out to the adoption group directly. PetSmart Charities does not facilitate the adoption process. Thank you.

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