Lincoln came into foster 5/2/20 from the only home he had ever known.
At 4-years old, he is a calm, quiet, timid young man with a moderate activity level. It does need to be noted: his inner puppy will surface when face to face with a stuffed squeaky!
Lincoln has been a brave boy in acclimating to his inside surroundings with a doting 13yo girl and 2 cats. We are told Lincoln does get along with other dogs but is currently the only dog in the home.
It's the outside world that presents a challenge for this sheltered boy right now!
Although he thoroughly enjoys meandering in the backyard and car rides, he is easily overwhelmed by the outside world and its many sounds!
Right now his Foster family is working on strengthening his confidence so he may learn to enjoy walks in the neighborhood.
Lincoln tends to be somewhat fussy at mealtime and needs to be on a special diet for skin allergies.
Overall, with a patient, experienced hand to help him overcome his fears, Lincoln will be a great family member!
"She's so pretty!" is a phrase oft exclaimed in our home now.
Maddie just didn't seem to suit such a lovely lady so she’s been renamed to Morrigan. A 3 year-old, approximately 140lb intact female. She is such a sweet, beautiful girl.
Like most mastiffs she wants nothing more than to be wherever her people are, and she seriously adores children. Belly rubs are the absolute best! Though she is a total love and lazy mastiff in the home, she does not have much experience with the outside world. Everything outside the house is new and interesting to her.
She has a strong prey drive and no leash manners and despite her smaller size (compared to our almost 200lb boy) she is quite the handful. She needs ALL the training. She has never met another dog and we are taking introductions to our old boy Kane very slow.
We are working on setting an appointment to have her spayed and starting to research trainers to help introduce her to other dogs and the rest of the world. We love having her here in our home and she brings smiles to our faces everyday.
Minnie is looking for her ‘furever’ home. Heart worm negative, spayed and up to date on vaccines She is 5 years old and 102 lbs. She’s great with children and other dogs.
She is a Velcro dog who just wants to be with her people. She does have some separation anxiety so will do best with someone home most of the time. She is completely housebroken, takes treats gently and is quite a little lady!
Was told she chases squirrels so may do same with cats. She has some itchy hot spots around her tail which will require continued observation and care.
Minnie has a gentle soul and will make a wonderful companion for a lucky family!
I am an 18-month old reverse brindle male. My foster parents picked me and my brother Atticus up at animal control because my dad passed away.
We had sibling litter mate syndrome, so my brother went to go live with another family. I am much more relaxed now because other animals make me nervous.
My Foster Mom is training me to sit, stay, come, off, and back up. She says that last one a lot because I'm always wondering what she's doing!
They bought me beds for all over the house. My favorite one is the one that I sleep on at night next to their bed. I am also getting used to chilling out in a kennel but I still don't like being alone. I have a bit of separation anxiety, and I will require an owner that is patient and understanding.
My foster parents are amazed at how I lick my jowls after I drink so I don't drip or drool. They also like how I give them tons of "mastiff hugs" by leaning on them. Lately they've been telling me that I'm done growing and it's time to get neutered. I'm just a wee little lad at only 120 lb! Can't we wait? I think they know I'm trying to stall.
At least I'll be able to go for a ride! I like that.
Liberty came to live with her foster parents on January 15 2020, as the result of a tragedy. Originally from Kentucky, her human passed away suddenly at home. When pararescue came to remove the body, Liberty true to Mastiff form protested. Animal rescue was called and Liberty suffered significant trauma in the resulting skirmish. This has left her with some trust issues and a fear of the leash. She lived in an animal shelter until rescued by her human’s relatives. She was relocated to Florida. Her new humans contacted MRF and she moved in with Mike & Olga.
True to the 3-3-3 rule, Liberty spent 3 scared days quietly trembling in a guest bedroom. On day 4 she began to explore the house and other residents, which included an aging German Shepherd dog and a cat. She was curious but never aggressive. After 3 weeks she began to feel more comfortable in her new surroundings and would allow some petting. Now after 3 months she feels right at home and expects all attention to be on her.
Liberty is house broken and has never had an accident, (we have a doggie door). She is neither food nor toy aggressive. She is very polite and will sit patiently at mealtime until served. If she wants to get on the bed she will hover quietly until asked to climb in. She knows her name and can sit on command. She will come when called, especially if treats are in hand. TO date she has not been a counter-surfer. Liberty gets along well with her foster siblings but does like to be the center of attention. Wary of strangers and seems to get on well with kids.
We are learning to walk on a leash and still in the baby steps phase. She will now allow a collar and leash but is reluctant to walk much past the front steps. We will work on getting her into the car after mastering the leash. It seems leashes and cars always have result in terror and trauma for her.
Liberty will make someone a great companion. She is very affectionate. Once she learns that leashes and car rides can be good things she will be the perfect Mastiff.
Atticus is an 18-month old brindle male who is full of life and love. He came to MRF after his previous owner died. He was living with a brother, but they developed litter-mate syndrome and fought a lot. So his head has scars from fighting. He wasn’t socialized to other animals, so he does not like other dogs or cats, and his prey drive is high. He wants to chase any living thing that moves, other than humans.
Atticus is in a loving foster home where he loves his people. Foster mom is treating his seasonal allergies with organic and over-the-counter remedies. He enjoys car rides and snuggles. He finds squirrels offensive.
He’s still enough of a puppy that he enjoys jumping on people to show them his love, but foster mom is teaching him manners.
Montague is a true gentle giant, found abandoned on a highway. He’s a fawn-colored 4-5 year old loving, docile boy. He was recently neutered, and shows no signs of a prey drive.
He’s currently in a loving foster home, where foster mom is socializing him with her bull mastiff. He loooooves car rides, and will sit on command. He’s such a good boy that he waits for the command to eat!
He’s definitely been hurt by humans in the past. He’s fearful when his ears get cleaned or medicine gets put on any boo-boos. He may try to nip.. Like with so many dogs gets itchy skin or hot spots. His foster does a wonderful job of giving him a great diet of home cooked goodies and added supplements.
He loves to play with the foster’s bull mastiff, He loves greeting people and he loves sleeping in her bed…(and playing on top of the bed). Montague is about 175lbs. He will need to go to an experienced home with an experienced adopter that will give him consistency and patience in training.
If you want a great companion.. you must work for it, Consistency and training is a must.. they are so worth it.
I came to Mastiff Rescue of Florida (MRF) after being used as a breeder. I am just under 2 years old and up to date on all vaccines. I am spayed . Trying new things is very scary for me to do but I always eventually do with patience and loving coaxing (and treats…I LOVE treats!).
I love other dogs as long as they will let me get close to them (even to smell their face) to make sure they are going to be good friends. I want to let you know though, if they growl at me, I get really scared and defensive and instinctively will defend myself. Slow introductions and Patience .. is a necessity.
I absolutely LOVE hugs, pets and playing with my humans! My foster mom says I am such a good girl because I don’t go potty in her house once I know outside is safe wherever I am at! I am not real keen on little dogs or cats.
Toys, I love them ..but no ropes or cloth .. I will eat them.
Oh one last thing…my foster mom’s 10 yr old niece came to visit and I did really good with her once she learned to not jump around and be loud and let ME come up to her . Once I knew she was a “good” human, I begged her for hugs, pets and to get on her lap . No toddlers.. They may be too scary due to my need to take things slow and quiet. I’m slower to trust. But boy once I know I can trust you, watch out because I will become your Velcro companion .
Gypsy, needs Patience, training, socialization. She is a young dog and she has paid her dues producing litters... now it is up to "US HUMANS" to show her a real life .