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Minnie is such an easy dog to care for. She's sensitive and should be trained using only positive methods such as praise, treats and affection. Once she is comfortable in her environment, she demonstrates curiosity in people and other animals. Although she is a young girl, she doesn't have the crazy energy of a puppy but she is active and likes to play.
Minnie has a moderate energy level. She is happy to sit beside you all day but enjoys going for walks when the weather is warmer. If it is cold outside, she is very clear that she doesn't want to go out. She'll play fetch in the house with a toy for exercise. Someone in her past has taught her to play tug-of-war. I haven't encouraged this game but she will need to be trained to drop her toy more readily if you don't want her to engage in this type of game.
She has been friendly with everyone she has met but it takes her a few minutes to warm up. She demonstrates interest in meeting others and will allow people to approach her. I have not had the opportunity to watch her interact with children but based upon her personality, I think she would be best around children over the age of 10 as rough handling would stress her. Minnie is a very submissive. I can't imagine a situation where she would be aggressive. She doesn't run away from anyone or demonstrate shyness. She is interested in people but approaches them cautiously. It takes her a few minutes to be comfortable with new people.
Minnie has exemplary canine social skills. She interacts very appropriately with my 2 dogs and takes interest in other dogs when out for a walk if they stop to sniff. If we walk past another dog without stopping, she will follow my lead and keep walking. I do not know how she is around cats but I think she'd be fine.
Minnie is housebroken. She will go to the back door and cry to let me know she has to go. She can be a little picky about where she does her business so you have to be patient and let her find the best spot. She is not destructive at all. She has been left at home with my 2 other dogs while I'm at work and has not chewed anything or had any accidents. At first she did cry when I left the house, but that quickly subsided after a couple of days. So far she hasn't reacted with fear to anything. In fact she calmly ate her food as I a vacuumed the kitchen.
She loves to be petted (especially belly rubs) and curl up beside you on the couch. She likes to play fetch and go for walks. She is very quiet. I have yet to hear a full bark from her. She remains quiet even when my own dogs are barking. The only time she has gotten close to barking was when we were getting ready to for a walk. She demonstrates her excitement mostly by crying and wiggling.
Minnie has perfect house manners. She takes direction very well. I haven't left any food within her reach besides her own dog food so I don't know if she would try to steal food. She is a small dog that can't reach the counter but I suspect that if human food were left on the floor or coffee table she would be interested in it. She listens well if I ask her to get off the couch and rests in a dog bed that I put out for her. She has not chewed anything except for a toy that I gave her.
She seems to know "come" and I am teaching her "sit" and "off". She would benefit from a level 1 obedience class that teaches basic obedience skills. She is a quick learner. I do not have a crate and have not tried to crate her. She is fine in the house. I do use a baby gate to keep her separated from my dogs when I'm out of the house. She has stayed both in the kitchen and in the living room with no incidents. It looks like she sleeps while I'm away. Minnie pulls on the leash especially at the beginning of a walk. After the first 10 minutes she tends to slow down and stay beside me. She walks better when going on a walk by herself and tends to pull more when walking with my other dogs. I think she would benefit from obedience classes or more training. She has never tried to escape or bolt. She is fantastic in the car. She sits in the back quietly, unless she is excited then she cries a little.
Minnie would do best with someone who is gentle and will work positively with her to increase her confidence. She is sensitive and will easily adjust to what is asked of her. It is obvious she has been through rough times and I think any form of rough corrective training would scare her and cause her to shut down.
Minnie thrives on company and she would make a great companion for anyone but I would like to see her be a part of a family with older kids where she would get lots of attention and play time, in a home with another dog, or with an older person who is home most of the time.
If you think Minnie would be a good addition to your family, please submit an application for consideration.