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Sammy is a five year old female who has had a lot of changes in her life. She had been living with her family since a pup, but when they got divorced she was spending a lot of time in the condo on her own, as opposed to being in a home with her own kid and yard. Her dad sent her to live with his parents and their dog/yard, where she was adapting quite well, until his mom was diagnosed with a terminal illness, which required a return to the condo. She became anxious and depressed, and her dad relinquished her to us for a better life.
Now in a foster home with kids and another dog, Sammy is transforming back in to the happy dog she used to be. She is perfectly house trained and will stand by the door to be let out, gently pawing at it if her standing there is not enough (in her prior home, she was trained to ring a bell hanging on the doorknob to be let out). While she spent some time in a crate when she was younger, she was not a fan and since she is very well behaved when home alone it is unnecessary. That said, she will attempt to get human food if it is easily available, but she does not go out of her way to steal it. She is making steady progress on basic commands, and also learning those commands in english (her first home was Korean speaking). She definitely needs some work on her leash walking skills, as she pulls like there is no tomorrow, but a gentle leader and/or decent harness, like an Easy Walk, is helping, and while she has made progress, she still has a ways to go. She tends to be something of a picky eater, and is not very treat motivated, although high value items such as ham or chicken definitely increase her motivational levels. She is an excellent canine companion on car rides, jumping in and out politely, and laying quietly on the ride.
While Sammy likes to be near her humans, she is not overly demanding of attention. She can also be quite independent, going off on her own to chew on a ball or toy. Speaking of toys……..she is very big in to her toys, particularly balls. She LOVES playing with any kind of ball, will happily play fetch all day long if you will indulge her, but her very favorite game is nudging a ball under the sofa so YOU have to fetch it! She loves balls so much that she can be overly possessive of them, she has occasionally growled and stolen balls/toys back from the resident pup. She has also on occasion knocked the little ones down in her excitement to get her ball. While she has been nothing but gentle and sweet with the kids and the canine in the home, she gets overly excited when she sees the resident felines, barking whenever she sees them and rushing towards them. It might just be excitement with something she is not familiar with, but the cats are not appreciative and will bolt before she reaches them.
My Ideal Home
Sammy is just as sweet as can be-she always has the happiest tail wags when she sees you, and is very easy going. She is the happiest couch potato there ever was who, while she enjoys her daily walks, is perfectly happy to stay inside all day and play on her own with a squeaky tennis ball, so a low level activity home would suit her just fine. She is reluctant to use the stairs and currently sleeps downstairs on the sofa, but would likely prefer to sleep with her humans, so a single level home would be preferable. Since she can be single minded about getting to her toys and balls, kids over 12 would likely be best for her. While she would do okay with another friendly canine, she would do equally well as you’re one and only. A no feline home might be best based on her reaction to the ones in her current home.
Want to Adopt me?
Sammy had her “Meet and Greet” and was adopted!