Barks and Meows Rescue introduces Rayo (means lightning in Spanish). He is a Portuguese Medio Podengo. He was born on Nov 15/2017. He is a smooth coat with an undercoat. He weighs 35lbs. His owner surrendered him to rescue as they moved to a much smaller home with no yard and realized they couldn't give him the exercise he needed due to the number of hours they worked. This breed is a sighthound. They are bred to hunt small game like rabbits and birds. They can jump very high and very well. They are known as lively, cheerful, and loyal companions. Rayo has learned to play with other dogs now and will sometimes play with a dog one on one. He is good with children once introduced. He is a very good watchdog since he is very alert and suspicious of strangers. They are known to bark like mad when someone comes into the property but won't confront the stranger or act aggressively. They tend to bark at anything out of the ordinary so they are prone to excess barking. In Rayo's case, he barks every time he sees a new person, or someone walking by, etc. Rayo, true to his breed, is very reserved with strangers. It doesn't take him long to warm up to someone new and he loves to give hugs and kisses. He is food motivated, trains easily, and is highly intelligent. He sleeps in a doggie bed at night time and is never crated. He has a prey drive so no cats or guinea pigs etc in the home. His former owner used to take him hunting for rabbits and squirrels and he was very good at coming to him when whistled for. Rayo is fully housebroken. The ideal home for Rayo is one where one can take him hunting of small game. This is what he was bred to do and he enjoys it. He is doesn't like being alone for too long. We have noticed that Rayo likes to have all the attention to himself so best that he is the only pet in the home. He loves the car and going for hikes on trails would suit him, though he will need to be on a leash. If one doesn't hunt, tracking would work for him as well. Rayo is neutered, up to date with vaccines, 4dx tested negative and on Heartworm/flea/tick prevention. A fully fenced yard, containing a minimum of 6-foot high wooden fencing, and a Veterinarian history of compliance are mandatory to apply for our Rayo.