People are constantly falling in love with Stitch's face. They say he looks like a cute gargoyle. Born in 2011, Stitch came to Best Friends from a rescue organization in California. Although he's had previous heart surgeries, his heart murmur is still a grade five out of six. He takes prescription medication for his heart, and he gets eye drops. Stitch absolutely loves to be around people. He is cuddly, sweet and would make a great couch potato. He can wedge his compact, 60-pound body into his caregivers' laps and snuggle for as long as time allows. He does get overexcited when he's being leashed up, so he is working on being calm and not getting mouthy. He does best in calm, quiet environments and when the person leashing him is calm and follows a routine. Stitch does have a previous bite history. He's also very heat sensitive because of his heart condition and his short muzzle, so it's important that he goes for walks when it's not too hot outside. When it comes to other dogs, Stitch can be defensive when he first meets them, but he usually warms up. He'd do best in a home without cats.
Stitch does well riding in a car, although he needs a boost to get in. On hotter days, instead of walks, he likes to ride on the golf cart around Dogtown, feeling the breeze in his face. Stitch is crate trained and eats his meals in a crate. Despite his medical challenges, he is friendly and easygoing with the Best Friends veterinary staff and has been great for medical handling here. If you'd enjoy having a cute little gargoyle who'll curl up with on the couch with you and stroll by your side when it's cool outside, Stitch may be your guy. He has a generous sponsor who will pay his adoption costs.