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Radar( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun / November 1, 2013 )
Paul Schapiro got a call in February from a friend who said he had found the perfect dog for him in a high-kill shelter in North Carolina. Thankfully, the friend works with a local rescue there and scooped the little Jack Russell/Basenji mix out of his assigned cage until Schapiro could make the drive from his Federal Hill home.
And as soon as Schapiro met Radar, he knew it was a match made in heaven.
"I sat down, and Radar jumped into my lap immediately," he says. "It was love at first sight, and it almost seemed like he knew I was coming to take him home."
A little aloof at first, Radar settled into Schapiro's home pretty easily.
"City life was an adjustment for him with all the noises and traffic, but he acclimated quickly," he says. "He is smart, gentle and has a remarkable biological clock that gets him -- and me -- up at 6 a.m. sharp."
Radar wakes Schapiro by standing on the bed with a ball in his mouth, and the two head out for their daily jaunt around the Inner Harbor.
Radar loves his Kong ball and does his own happy dance when Schapiro takes him to a fenced-in field to chase it around. He also loves lamb and beef chew treats, which Schapiro buys only from U.S. or Canadian manufacturers to be on the safe side.
"Radar has a charmed life here in Charm City," says Schapiro.
To have your pet -- including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like -- considered for Collared, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org. -Kim Fernandez