Flint Great Dane Young Male in Blaine, Minnesota

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Hi! My name is Flint. But you can call me Flinty!I am a 2 year old neutered merle Dane.I’m a special guy who has been looking for my special home for quite some time. You see, I have what the doctor says is neurological brain disease. This means I’m a bit wobbly and have trouble seeing. They say my eyes work but everything is moving in my world because I have nystagmus in my eyes. Because of this eyesight impairment, I cannot navigate stairs on my own. I can figure my way up but I’m not very graceful and cannot come down on my own. I need a human to help me down large flights of stairs but can manage a step or two in and out of the house. A home without stairs or with only a couple of stairs going outside is a must for me. I am your typical “velcro dane” I want to be where my people are at all times. Unless there is food - food trumps everything! Speaking of food, since I rely more on my nose and ears because my eyes aren’t the best I am SUPER good at sniffing out all the yummy snacks on the counter. Oh, and ovens are my favorite. Even though my Foster Mom shrieks and claps her hands when I try to check it out. Because I like to live life on the edge and seek out danger a kennel is a must as well. I love to hang out in there while the humans cook the yummy food. They even give me bully sticks and other snacks to keep me busy in there. I’m kind of an anxious guy. We don’t know if it’s because of the trouble I have seeing but I like to walk around the house - - a lot. I do love a good snuggle and nap on the couch though!Since I can’t see very great I’m not much of a toy player but I love to play with humans. They are my favorite once I get to know them! Hopefully my forever humans will be ok with me slobbering their arms and hands up while playing. It’s my favorite - I’m super gentle - just slobbery. I am great with dogs and cats alike. Im not much of a player but will play with dogs who like to bounce and play bow. Dogs who bark at me and mouth at me make me nervous so I won’t engage with that. If dogs are too rowdy I would rather relax in my safe spot - my kennel. Similarly, a home without unpredictable children is required. I don’t mind meeting children and letting them pet me as long as they talk to me before touching and let me sniff them and don’t scream. That makes me very nervous. I would like a home that can provide routine. If my routine gets screwed up I have an accident since I can’t find the door to tell them I need to potty. But I like to stick to a strict schedule so it’s pretty easy to know when I need to go. Even though I have my special quirks Foster Mom and Dad are really going to miss me. I am one of the best boys and sweetest fosters they have ever had.  Note from Foster-  Flint will require a home with zero or very few stairs. Due to his coordination trouble he can slip easily on smooth surfaces so rugs or carpet are great solutions! He loves walks and meeting friends but needs to meet new people slowly. Being approached quickly makes him nervous. Flinty does great on outings to breweries and stores as long as new people greet him slowly. He sports a fancy vest that says “Special Needs - Please ask before petting”.We have found that Flint is more confident with other dogs around. Any potential adopter will need the patience to allow him time to learn his new surroundings and routine. He can be growly if forced to do things out of his comfort zone. He is truly one of the sweetest dogs we have in rescue and people meeting him instantly fall in love with him. If homes without stairs were more common he would have found a home already!  ##1286109##
If you have any questions or would like to adopt Flint, please reach out to the adoption group directly. PetSmart Charities does not facilitate the adoption process. Thank you.

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