Merlin is a sweet nine year old dog of mixed origin: Chihuahua, Basset Hound, and part Pekingese. He weighs approximately 23 lbs, was attended to with regular vet care in Lake County, and has a 3-year Rabies Vx good through November 2025. Since he meant a lot to our mom, and unfortunately neither my sister nor myself are in a position to adopt any dog, we would like to find a new permanent home for him where he can be cared for in his twilight years.
Merlin has a playful and protective spirit. He was a rescue dog when our mom adopted him 6 or 7 years ago. He was not very well adjusted when she first adopted him (he would bark all the time and sometimes bite), and it took a lot of work with trainers to get him to stay calm in uncertain or unfamiliar situations, or in the presence of strangers. It took him a few years to really accept me, for example, but now he is perfectly sweet with me and even gets upset when I have to leave. In short, he has come a long way.
It is still unclear how well he does with children and babies, or other dogs in the house. I would not expect him to get along with housecats; he generally acts pretty hostile to the neighborhood cats. He is still known to bite if he is handled without consent in the presence of a stranger or if he feels cornered or threatened. However, he has not been known to attack people, and he does not “latch” onto things, living or not. Although the socialization process happened relatively late for him, he does respond to his name, and he knows basic commands and some tricks, and is generally a pretty smart dog that understands what is expected of him, although a bit more consistent reinforcement of boundaries and commands may be necessary.
Merlin is also great for snuggles in bed and on the couch, and is an extremely loyal and loving boy. He has stayed by our mom’s side for much of his little life, so he is the kind of pup that needs his mama. He is very loving and protective of his owner.
Phone: (530) 219-6786
To expedite the adoption process, please complete the cat or dog adoption form and bring a printed copy with you to the SF SPCA Adoption Center (Hours & Location). This helps us better understand what sort of pet you’re looking for so we can guide you every step of the way! Please bring a valid photo ID and verification that you are allowed to have a pet where you currently live.
First, we’ll meet with you to find out more about you and your pet preferences and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you find the pet that best fits your lifestyle and living situation so we want to make sure you have a realistic understanding of the time and resources necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for your new pet. This can take time so please allow at least one hour for the adoption process.
Once we have a good understanding of your living situation and the type of pet you’re interested in, we’ll make introductions and let you spend some quality time getting to know each other to see if there’s a love connection. It’s important that all household members take part in this important decision so please make sure everyone is present (including any resident dogs if you’re considering adding a new pooch to your pack).
Once love happens, we’ll complete the paperwork, review all the SF SPCA adoption benefits, provide information on any known medical or behavioral issues, and share tips to make the transition a success for both you and your new pet.
We consider you and your new furry friend a part of the SF SPCA family so please reach out with questions ― and be sure to share your adoption stories and pet photos at sfspca.org/stories
Don’t forget to schedule your first free health exam at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital within three days of adopting.