Gender: Male
Possible Breed: Miniature Poodle/Maltese Mix
Age: 2 years
Weight: 12 lbs

Note about the breed: The indicated breed is our best guess estimate based on visual characteristics, but without a DNA test, we cannot guarantee its accuracy. However, mixed-breed dogs, lovingly known as mutts, encompass a wonderful variety of traits and are often some of the most cherished and lovable companions.


Meet Gavin, the canine equivalent of a grumpy cat meme, but with a heart ready to melt for the right human. This 12-pound, long legged poodle /maltese mix is the unexpected hero of his own story, having dodged the dreaded 'Big Sleep' at a shelter due to a severe case of the jitters. His eyebrows might suggest he’s constantly questioning your life choices, but in reality, we think they were possibly shaped by a mischievous groomer!

Don't let his initial shyness fool you; Gavin is no simple dog. He's a connoisseur of the good spot on the couch and a self-appointed watcher of the household happenings.

But we're not mincing words – Gavin comes with his own set of quirks, but he's also a one-of-a-kind companion, looking for someone with the patience and humor to appreciate his uniqueness. He's a loner turned cuddle bug and casanova, a couch potato turned playful companion, and with time, patience, and a sprinkle of humor, he could be your very own home's living, breathing, heartwarming gargoyle.

Resembling a determined gargoyle, he sometimes staunchly refuses to cooperate, making walks a battle of wills. Even off the leash, Gavin's resistance to coming inside when called, often choosing to linger in the yard until he finishes tossing his ball or sunning himself, might suggest he needs an adopter with boundless patience. Yet, despite his stubborn streak, Gavin's journey toward loving companionship continues to unfold. Each milestone toward trust melts hearts and showcases his potential for devotion.

Gavin's got a PhD in Loungeology, often found perfecting the art of couch potato-ing with a tenacity that would inspire envy in a sloth. Yet, give him a lady dog companion or a solo ball session in the yard, and he transforms into the Casanova of playtime. He's selective, though—boy dogs cramp his style and get the growl treatment. He's like that one uncle at family gatherings, a little crotchety, a touch particular, but undeniably lovable once you find the right approach (hint:it involves ear rubs)

Gavin is crate trained and has mastered the art of a clean kennel! He is mostly quiet and doesn’t get barky when the Amazon person comes. He might get chatty if he sees you milling about while he is crated but will quickly quiet down. And once he knows you, he will snuggle up beside you on the couch as he learns to trust that your touches are only the healing kind.

Gavin's looking for a human who can appreciate an independent spirit who slowly reveals a heart of gold. He's for someone who gets that 'coming out of his shell' isn't an overnight event but that every milestone is a moment to be cherished. Gavin is for someone who, when they look into his “grumpy cat” furrowed brow, and doesn’t see a gargoyle, but sees a misunderstood and mistreated soul who is not a “project”, but a partner for life’s quiet moments. So, are you ready for a couch-side companion with the personality of a wise old man and a playful heart that is ready to be discovered? Gavin's ready for you!

If you are interested in Gavin, please fill out an application and put his name on it.


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