DTX Pet of the Week
Pet of the Week

Optimus the Labrador mix may be your optimal new companion

Optimus the Labrador mix may be your optimal new companion

Optimus the dog at SPCA of Texas
Optimus is a 2-year-old Labrador/Pointer mix ready for adoption at the SPCA of Texas. Photo courtesy of SPCA of Texas

We are happy to report former featured pets Harley and Prince have been adopted. This week meet Optimus, a 2-year-old, 62-pound Labrador/Pointer mix.

Optimus is quite the attention hound and loves being close to people, making her an excellent — albeit large — lap dog. She is also super playful and can make a game out of any old toy.

In addition to looks and personality, Optimus has talent: She is obedience trained and has mastered "sit," "down" and loose-leash walking. She is also crate trained and house trained, although after living in the shelter for about a month, it may take her a couple of weeks to remember her house training.

Optimus needs to go to a home with no children under the age of 10. She is a little particular about her tail — there is a slight kink in it — and she prefers it to be left alone and not pulled on, as kids have a tendency to do. She was surrendered to the SPCA of Texas on August 25 because she did not get along with the other animals in the house, so she also needs to go to a home without cats.

Come meet Optimus (#117477) today at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas at 2400 Lone Star Dr., near I-30 and Hampton Road. The center is open seven days a week, noon-6 pm.

Regular adoption fees are $95-$125 for puppies 0-6 months, $75-$95 for adult dogs 6 months or older, $50 for senior dogs 7 years or older, $50 for VIP dogs, $95 for kittens, $75 for adult cats, $50 for senior cats 7 years and older, and $50 for VIP cats.

The adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, heartworm test for dogs 6 months and older, initial heartworm preventative for dogs, feline leukemia test for cats 4 months and older, microchip, rabies tag, and free leash or cat carrier. Call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit the SPCA website for more information.