Mix - whippet/hound/possibly some pitbull
Dog is:.House Trained
Dog is:.Kennel Trained
Dog is:.Rabies Vaccinated
Dog is:.Good w/ Kids
Lady is a medium/small dog at 35 pounds. She has short hair (no insulating undercoat) so she must remain an indoor dog. We adopted her in 2008 from a rescue organization out of state. She was found on the streets at about the age of 8 months old, fostered for about a month, and then we adopted her.
She is smart and loves to run. As a young dog she could run 5 miles with my husband and she would still have energy afterwards. When she's done running she is happy on the couch for the rest of the day. These days she is more of a couch potato and would need a gradual build up back to those 5 mile runs.
She is an all out Alpha female and is not friendly with other dogs and is very aggressive with other dogs when she is out on a leash. Dog parks or doggie daycares are a disaster waiting to happen with her. Because of this we spent the extra money for specialized one-on-one dog training and the experienced trainer suspected that experiences or abuse as a puppy (she was found at 9 months old) are a likely cause for this aggression and will not ever be completely trained out of her. She did live with another dog in the same home for about 1 &1/2 years when we had roommates and they did ok together so it is possible that she might adapt to a home with another male dog. When she stayed at a kennel while we were out of town the kennel owner noticed that she did warm up to the dogs in the runs next to her.
Lady is a good guard dog, very alert to strangers and has a loud bark that sounds like it belongs to a much bigger dog. She is not a "barker" and once she is done alerting us she calms down. She does warm up very quickly to strangers so I wouldn't depend on her for home protection.
Lady needs an owner who understands what pack order means to a dog and who will be a firm alpha to her. She is smart, eager to please, and learns amazingly quickly, even complex tricks. We have had great results with obedience training, but a big part of that was learning ourselves how to work with her and maintain pack order in our home.
We have two small children and she has done very well with them, though I have focused (again) on communicating pack order with her regarding them. I do not allow my children free reign to tease or play with her, gentle touches only, and I am careful to supervise them. That doesn't mean I haven't occasionally caught my toddler trying to gouge her eyes or drag her around by the ear, but she endured and whined for help. Overall, I believe no dog is completely "safe" around kids primarily because the kids aren't "safe" themselves (kids don't understand or remember or always obey boundaries). She would be fine in a home with children (better with older kids) if the owners are firm about boundaries and ensuring that kids treat the dog with care and respect. Leave the ear-pulling for stuffed animals!
She is housebroken and crate-trained. I could count on one hand the number of times she has gotten into the trash in the 6 years we've had her. Very well mannered indoors if she is taught what is expected. We do allow her to sleep on the couch which is her favorite place, so that might be a hard thing to train out of her.
She does have two health issues. She has a mild rash on her belly from an allergen we can't figure out. She also has a small tumor on her leg. With our vet's help we figured out that a daily prednisone dose controls the rash and has shrunk the tumor. The cost is about $13/month for her medication. It is quite possible she has years left and neither issue seem to slow her down. The main thing about the prednisone is that she cannot miss her daily dose or be taken off it suddenly. Her body depends on it and sudden withdrawal would lead to lethargy, vomiting, and heart failure. We have not pursued extraordinary treatment or removal of the tumor because of where it is located (near primary bones and ligaments on her leg). She is spayed and up to date on all shots.
She is a wonderful dog and the unfortunate reason we are looking to rehome her is because despite testing negative for dog allergies before adopting her, since then I have developed dog allergies and other unrelated respiratory problems that are made worse by the dog allergy. I don't want to do this, but if we can find the right person we will pass her on to a new home. She has been an excellent companion and this is a very painful decision for us.
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