Age: 2 yrs old
Special Needs: Seizures, anxiety, fear/trust issues, daily medications
Exercise: Very little
Training: 6-8 week training course required
Crate Trained: Yes but hates it
House Trained: No, working on this
Needs Experienced Adopter: No
Adoption Fee: $375 (plus $25 application fee)
Penny is a 2 year old black female who has special needs. Penny has a history of seizures but is controlled with 2 different medications. One medication must be given 3 times a day and the other is twice a day. It also appears that Penny may have some vision issues. She can see but her depth perception is off. For example, when handing her a treat she sometimes takes your whole hand. She never bites and often is confused as to why she has your fingers.
Penny also has anxiety about new situations and people. She is fearful of new people coming into her house but will approach them if they sit and remain calm. She will need a special person to call her own. She has been in foster care a couple of months. Trust is a hard thing to earn with Penny. Every day she seems to trust her foster family more but it has taken time.
It appears that Penny has been hurt by a leash. She cowers in fear when a leash gets anywhere near her. She has been walked but pulls at the end of the leash scared that something bad is about to happen. She does better with just going out the door. With this being said, she will require a fenced in yard. Penny is also working very hard to be potty trained. She does have accidents if no one is there to see her very subtle cues.
Penny is good with other dogs. She likes to play. She plays by chewing on the other dog. Once in a while she will play tug o war. Penny has been living with cats. She will chase them if given the chance and lick/chew on them. The foster cats are very tolerant of her. She has never offered to hurt one.
Penny likes to ride in a car. The hard part is getting her there. She likes treats but will only take them from you once she trusts you. When she does trust, you she gives kisses and cuddles next to you for as many scratches as you want to give. Penny does not do well in a crate. She will go in but tries to break out and often has accidents in the crate. Penny does better gaited in a room with a floor easy to clean.
Since being in foster care Penny has learned “go to the kitchen” and “go outside”. She also knows “come on” and “its pill time”. She sits sometimes. She gets really excited and prances. She wants to learn. I think training for her will be a slow process but I feel like she is a smart girl who can learn.
Are you that special someone to help this special girl?