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TailWaggers of the week: Cooper & Capt. Jaxx

Meet a couple of the many great companions available at our local animal rescue groups: Cooper and Capt. Jaxx.


My name is Cooper and I am one good-looking boy, if I do say so myself! I am a neutered Lab mix and about two years old. I am incredibly affectionate and sweet. I just LOVE to give kisses and hugs! I am a shadow to my foster mom and really enjoy it when she gives me head scratches. I would sit there for hours and let her do that! I get along great with my four-legged and two-legged toddler foster siblings. No cats, though, because I like to chase them!

I like to play fetch and really like chew toys! I am crate-trained, although when my foster family leaves me alone I try to convince them to stay. But after just a few minutes, I just decide to nap until they come back. At night when everyone is home, I go right into my crate and go to sleep with no problems. I learn pretty quickly and take treats very gently. I once picked up a toddler toy because I didn’t know any better but dropped it as soon as I was told to.  I haven’t touched another one since. I am also quite the athlete as I can jump a baby gate. Because of that, I really need a secure yard to keep me safe. When I need to go potty, I will go scratch the door if I know where it is and can get to it. I do need someone to continue teaching me leash manners and basic obedience…is that you? I am looking for a new foster home or forever home because my current foster family will be moving soon.

Remember — I am a super friendly guy who is crate-trained, housebroken, neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on shots. Interested? Please contact Hard Luck Hounds Az at info@hardluckhoundsaz.org or call 520-261-7677 so that you can meet me.

Captain Jaxx

Captain Jaxx here, but you can just call me Jaxx. I am a four-year-old German Shepherd whose human dumped me and my sister at the shelter in Casa Grande this summer. I don't know why because I am a very good boy and always try to be polite. My sister was adopted right away and then I was all alone. I got really depressed and scared at the shelter after that. Luckily, a nice rescue lady thought a great catch like me should have a home and brought me to Tucson to find a new family.

Everyone here has been so kind and they tell me I am handsome and that they are very impressed with my good manners. I know sit and lie down very well. In fact, when I went to the vet for a check up I laid down waited at my person's feet until we were called without anyone asking me. I even gave kisses to the vet! He seemed pleasantly surprised.

What else can I tell you? I am housebroken, crate-trained, neutered and up-to-date on all of my shots. I am a great hiking and walking partner and really enjoy being in the great outdoors. I am also calm inside and I won't get on the furniture unless I am invited. I love playing with squeaky toys! And if you have another dog of a similar size I like to have friends, too. I'm not so crazy about cats or cat-sized dogs, though.

If you want a dog who is ready to step right in and be a great companion, I am all ready to go. Easy-peasy. I'm even microchipped. I am available to foster or adopt and I'm ready to meet you, so please contact Hard Luck Hounds Az at info@hardluckhoundsaz.org or call 520-261-7677.

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Disclosure: Maria Coxon-Smith is the director of HardLuckHoundsAz.org, a nonprofit local dog rescue group.

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Most Tucson animal rescue groups are small, volunteer-based nonprofit organizations that rely on the community to fulfill their mission to save animals' lives. Not only do they count on donations from the public to cover costs, they depend on people who are willing to open their hearts and homes to needy animals until they are ready for adoption. If you are interested in saving a life by becoming a foster, please contact a local rescue group today.