December 15, 2011 08:25 PM

Home. Some cats and dogs never have one to call their own. We’d like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary homeless pet every week. Today, we’d like you to meet Bandit, an older dog who is young at heart.

When Bandit’s owner passed away six months ago, he ended up at the Butte Animal Shelter in Butte, Mont. Though life as he knew it changed drastically, he wasn’t the least bit scared.

“He’s got a very, ‘Here I am, world! Love me!’ type of personality,” says Erin Wall, manager of the shelter. “He’s a hoot. He’s just sassy.”

The 8-year-old dachshund, who has a manageable condition called Cushings disease that requires one pill a day, definitely doesn’t act his age thanks to a healthy new diet that’s helped him shed 10 lbs. over the past few months.

“We buy him organic bananas and he has one every morning,” she says.

Great with dogs and a tad “bossy” around cats, Bandit would love a home with a doggie door and a person to snuggle with in a recliner. He’s good with children, loves walks and enjoys car rides, too. Just don’t let this little fellow’s laid back attitude fool you – at any moment, he could do something wild!

“I had to tackle him down the hallway the other day when he got out the door,” laughs Wall. “He’s like, ‘I know you love me!’”

To inquire about Bandit, contact the shelter via their website.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Roscoe.

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