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Annie ~ ADOPTED
NO (adults only)
our lovely little orphan Annie! Her young life has been
filled with hard knocks... spending her puppyhood growing
up in a hoarding/puppy mill situation. Along with over 150+
border collies, the sun finally shone as they started the
first of many tomorrow's... days filled with kindness, toys,
love, and trust.
Annie is truly a speck of a gem. At a whopping 28 pounds,
she is a tiny bat-eared, red merle girl aged at about 1.2-2
years. Petite with one gold and one blue eye, she has a
super soft coat and is unbelievably adorable. However, what
she lacks in size, she makes up for in moxy. Annie is intense.
Really, really intense. Every new thing she encounters,
she brashly collides with and then realizing it's outside
of her comfort zone, proceeds to run away, flip in the air
(if on leash, or bark.
Everything has been new to her. To give you a sense of
her learning curve in the past month, here are some things
she was completely freaked out by before that she is now
ok with: taking food out of someone's hand, water touching
her, being a crate, watching a dog or cat walk by if she
was in a crate, getting a car, riding in a car, responding
to a name, being carried or held, eating out of a bowl,
going up or down stairs, sitting, putting a toy in her mouth,
walking on a leash... these are just a few. As much as Annie
is a fast learner, it's easy to see how much more she will
have to go.
Annie will do best with an owner that is patient and has
owned a herding dog before. She is very fearful of new situations
and people. It takes a little bit for her to warm up and
socialization will be a long and slow process for her. She
is a cuddly little sweetheart with her person. She is fine
with most dogs. I have seen her do some mild guarding of
resources from other dogs, posturing and giving warning
looks. She has also shown signs of guarding her person from
other dogs. For this reason, she needs an owner familiar
with some of these signs so they can intervene right away.
Outside, she herds dogs obsessively. If they go out of line
of sight, she howls in frustration. This drive will be aptly
channeled into a sport like agility (when tested on sheep
she was very timid and showed no interest in herding them...
although she did try to herd my dog when my dog was herding...).
She is fine in a crate, love riding in the car, and happily
lays down to relax when everyone else is doing the same.
The instant anyone moves, she jumps up and frantically runs
around them. Have a mentioned she is intense?! Her housetraining
is a work in progress. She holds it very well (she held
it once for nine hours). If she is upset, then she will
pee in her crate. What do I mean by upset? Well, I said
that Annie is fine in a crate and that is true. She whimpers
a little when I put her in at night or during the day...
worlds better than the screaming and howling we started
with. But if she hears something in the morning that makes
her think people are up and doing stuff, she gets quite
upset that she is not involved. This is the time I have
found her to pee in her crate. She is not sound sensitive
and acclimates to environmental stimuli easily. She is naturally
curious and interested in, well, everything!
is currently doing very well on a raw diet. She is in good
health, recently spayed, and is heartworm negative.
Annie is a very special girl, looking for her forever home.
For the right person, she will be an intensely rewarding
dog to have. Energetic, gorgeous, smart. driven, super-fast,
social, not aggressive, very eager to please and attach
to people. However, her intensity and need for continued
socialization cannot be emphasized enough. She can very
challenging with the howling, dog-herding, spazzing out
about new things, and complete lack of knowledge of how
to behave like a little indoor canine companion (today,
for example, hopped INTO the dishwasher when I was loading
Annie will need to be with a very dog savvy owner. She
will need continued training to understand the general world
before even thinking about being a dog sport dog. Although
she has the drive to do sports, she has a lot to learn first
like, oh, walking on wood floors and navigating a crowd
without flipping out when she sees a guy wearing a hat....
stuff like that. With that said, she is an absolute sparkle
of sweetness and energy.
would probably be ok in a home with open space, fence optional.
She will not run away if other dogs are around as she is
herding them. However, if there are no other dogs in the
home, a fence or staying on a leash outside would be necessary
as she will run away from people if frightened.
Annie has been fine with my cat although she has shown
some overly-curious behavior. She would probably be ok with
cats that move slowly or are comfortable with telling off
a dog that is stalking them.
Annie is not a good candidate for a home with children
or teenagers. Adults only, please.
Annie is fine with other dogs. She is very particular about
how she responds to them. She is absolutely respectful if
they tell her to go away. If they are fast-moving, she will
herd them. She does grip occasionally and has needed many
time-out's for being too intense with this. As soon as the
dog stops running, Annie is fine and treats them like a
normal dog again. She can be a bit of a bully to dogs that
offer her deferent or submissive body language. She definitely
seems to follow the credo, give me an inch and I'll take
a mile. So far I have not seen any aggression, but she is
quick to posture and threaten. She has been very responsive
to me redirecting her (but also very sneaky about moving
to a different part of the room and trying to behavior again).
Looking for Daddy or Mommy Warbucks for our little spitfire,
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Annie is being fostered in western Massachusetts.
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