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Pet of the Week: J Jay the loving Karelian Bear Dog

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 5:15 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - J Jay may need some help learning proper potty etiquette, but this lovable fella is sure to be an amazing addition to any home. This little guy enjoys long walks through the snow, lots of play time, and plenty of treats. Here’s what Britley Calkins, an animal handler with Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter, had to say:

“J Jay is a 7-year-old Karelian bear dog mix, who was surrendered with a couple of his doggie buddies because their elderly owner was unable to provide care for them any longer.

J Jay has been super friendly and outgoing towards his animal tenders here at the shelter. He is not fully housebroken and likes to mark on things, so this is something that his new owners are going to have to continue working with him. J Jay has lived with other dogs in the past. He seems to do better with female dogs. He can be a little competitive when it comes to meeting a male dog. So, if you do have other dogs in the home, just please be cautious when you introduce him.

We do not know how J Jay does with other pets such as cats, pocket pets, or livestock. His breed does tend to have a higher prey drive. If you do have those smaller critters around, please just again take that into appropriate caution.

He is super sweet, affectionate with all his animal tenders and volunteers that have walked him here at the shelter. J Jay does have a history of liking to run so making sure that he is in a secure fenced in yard or on a leash when he is outside because if this guy gets out, he does like to stretch his legs and he has been known to even try to try and play with moose, so please be careful.

If you are ready to take on J Jay and you are willing to continue with his training and shower in all the love and affection, please give the shelter a call. We have plenty of other dogs, cats, and pocket pets available here at the shelter.”

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