ADOPTED 10-26-11 – Annie is about 5-6 months and in excellent health. Her rescue story will just grab your heart. A volunteer was road biking in a deserted area, there were no houses for miles, paper mill land and hunting camps all around, scary place for this little girl. She stopped at a dumpster to check her map and suddenly and on cue, Annie came barreling out of the bushes and into our hearts. She ran up to the volunteer and flopped over on her back, begging for help. It was obvious that she had been there a long enough to make a little nest behind the dumpster, who could leave this bundle of sweetness, so of course she went home with her new mom, Sam.
Annie is discovering snow for the first time, watch this cute movie of the dog that once lived near a dump.
Annie is underweight, covered in fleas and sores. In addition, she has a heavy load of hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and ear mites. She was treated with Revolution for the ear mites, given Strongid and Droncit for the worms, and put on Interceptor Heartworm preventative. The vet felt confident that she was no more than 5 months old, so he said it was not necessary to test her for heartworms before beginning preventative. She was also vaccinated.
Annie’s energy level is moderate and her foster describes her as a joyful, friendly pup! She is smart and trainable, and tries hard to please. She is very affectionate and loves to be with people, but will play quietly by herself. Annie was a little shy initially, probably as a result of her past treatment while living on the street, but now loves to meet new people, greeting them with a wagging tail and smiling face.
She currently gets one long walk in the morning, and then spends at least part of the day with her mom Sam at work. She will then get another walk in the evening. While she is a playful puppy, her mom does not feel that she has a truly high energy level – as an adult, I think she will do fine with moderate exercise.
Annie has been around other dogs of various ages and sizes. She is friendly and playful, and tends to be on the submissive side. Has no problem meeting new dogs, and gets along with both my older dogs and the resident foster puppies.
She has been around older children–0 and up-at the residential care facility where her mom works. She is friendly and playful with them, and doesn’t mind when they accidentally hold or pet her in an awkward manner. Can be a little shy around new kids that are very loud or rambunctious, but warms up quickly. I think that she would be fine with younger kids, other than normal puppy playfulness.
Annie is respectful of cats, having been put in her place by mine. She basically ignores them, although she has barked at them a couple of times. No aggressive or herding behavior. She is not a food hog. It only took two mealtimes for her to learn to sit quietly and wait for the cue to eat, even after food has been placed in front of her. No noted food aggression with people or dogs – you can take her food away mid meal with no problems.
She is almost housetrained and learning very quickly. She rides quietly in crate or on seat in the car, is excellent in the crate and will actually go to her crate when she is tired and good on the leash. Given her history, it is easy to understand that she is hesitant in new situations, but gains confidence quickly. She has bark sometimes at new things, a cow, goat, horses, but not particularly fearful. This is common for a lot of dogs, some dogs bark at a paper bag just because it is in a new place, they have no idea what the new object is, they just know it is new. She has greatly improved while in her loving foster home and a lot of this will disappear with time and more exposure to new places.
The perfect home for our orphan Annie is a family with children, elementary or older because of her age, not her personality, and another dog. Her foster mom Sam would love to see her go to a home where she will get regular exercise, and where she can really be part of the family. She is a social girl, and would do well with a family that would take her different places. Best of all, she loves to snuggle.
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