This week we’d like to feature a handsome boy with a big noggin who is named Houdini. Houdini - Oregon Humane Society And I’m going to address the elephant in the room right up front. He came to us with the name Houdini, but he has showed NO signs of being an escape artist. So don’t let that name make you think he is! As you can see in his video, Houdini is a beautiful dog! He’s a pit bull mix, about a year and a half old, and weighs in at 67 pounds.
Houdini has quite a history. He was dumped at a ranch in Texas. It was the family (parents’) ranch of his most recent owners, and they went to Texas to pick him up and bring him back to the northwest. And he did so well with parts of the family! The 11-year-old son in the family adored Houdini, and Houdini was great with him. If you have a tween kiddo, Houdini might just be the dog for you. He had really liked running along with the skateboard with his young friend, and one of his favorite things to do is going hiking. He did really well on leash while using a halti (a walking tool that’s similar to a horse halter). He didn’t do great with small animals and chickens at his new home—he really wanted to chase them. And he had a blast playing with friends and neighbors’ dogs and would really like to go home with a canine companion.
His owner said that he’s potty trained, was fine being crated, and can be trusted in a room overnight with no issues. He loves toys, walks, and hikes. He’ll politely sit and wait for his food when being fed and will politely stand back when his people eat. They say he’s a big, goofy, clumsy boy. Sounds like a typical teenage dog!
But the problem was, the resident dog didn’t like him. It turned out the resident dog was very reactive toward Houdini, so they had to be kept separate. And that was tough.
Also, Houdini was diagnosed with heartworm (something that is very common in dogs who are from the southern U.S.). He’s currently being treated for heartworm, but that means that right now he is on exercise restriction until his treatment is over and he’s heartworm free. Until then he’ll just be able to go on a few short walks ago and will need to be kept busy with mental exercise rather than physical exercise. Food puzzles and other types of enrichment will be really helpful in keeping Houdini occupied until he’s ready to be physically active again. And then, will he ever be ready to start going on hikes!!
If you’re looking for a sweet, good-looking boy who is good with kids and other dogs, and who would love to go on outdoor adventures with you once he’s completed his heartworm treatment, Houdini might just be your boy. You can fill out the questionnaire in his profile and set up a time to come on over to Oregon Humane Society to meet this sweet fella!