Available Dogs


  • Shepherd mix,
  • male,
  • 3 years,
  • 55 lbs.

Vito may look tough, but don’t be fooled. Ok, true, he does have a giant head full of muscles… but he needs them for looking macho while defending his yard against squirrels and chippies. While he hasn’t been able to keep them away permanently, he hasn’t raised the white flag just yet.

This guy puts a whole new meaning to the expression “work hard, play hard”. Fetch? YES! Cuddle? DOUBLE YES! Explore outdoors? HECK YES! Nail Trim? SURE! (just don’t forget the treats). Vito is pretty happy doing almost anything, especially if his people will be there. He is house trained, crate trained, and likes to go for rides in the car. He’s even started up classes to become a Canine Good Citizen.

While we can’t be sure of this boy’s DNA, we like to say he is an all American mix!

When it comes to people, Vito LOVES his! Walking, hiking, exploring and playing with TOYS are his favorite things to do. Yet, he is also an independent boy, content to settle for a nap in his kennel while you work. Because of his maverick nature, he would do fine as an only dog. However, we can’t rule out a fur-sibling. His enthusiastic play style is too much for small children and his hearty prey drive rules out cat homes. The ideal home is one where Vito can be his playful self, and get plenty of exercise, snuggles and of course TOYS!

We always say “Vito puts his whole heart into everything he does” and the statement couldn’t be more true. We cannot imagine a sweeter, more fun and loving guy.

If you already have an application in, you do not need to fill out another one.  Just send an e-mail to Rescue@Peppertree.org or call 518-435-7425.