We think the phrase "gentle giant" was coined for 120-pound Gulliver (ID# A0981260), a 6-year-old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog mix at the West L.A. animal shelter. ("He's certainly not the kind of dog that we see very often in our animal shelters," says shelter volunteer Mirja Bishop.)
Gulliver was brought into the shelter as a stray back in September, when he was found wandering an L.A. freeway with his best friend, a German shepherd. (His shepherd friend has since been adopted, but Gulliver's still looking for a home.)
Gulliver is very friendly and playful and has become a favorite of shelter volunteers during his extended stay in West L.A. "Gulliver is a joy to watch when he plays. He frolics around the play yard throwing his head into the air," Mirja tells us. And while he's certainly no lap dog, we're told that he loves people (especially kids). But his very favorite thing, says Mirja, is tummy rubs. "His eyes close and he has a look of sheer delight," she says.
Gulliver is already neutered so he's ready to go home with his new family immediately. Meet him in person at the West L.A. shelter, 11361 West Pico Blvd. (near the intersection of Pico and Sawtelle), or call 888-4LAPET1 with his ID number for more information.
Photo: Los Angeles Department of Animal Services