Meet Jessie! You can learn so much about her by watching her short video here:
This beautiful Labrador/Saint Bernard mix is about 5 years old and is 55 pounds. Sadly, she was living life as a stray on the Dallas streets and was struggling as many do. She was being eaten alive by fleas and all of the scratching caused terrible open sores that had no chance of getting better without medical intervention. We knew from the time it took to gain her trust before her rescue that she was growing increasingly miserable and it was time to get her off of the streets. She was in a small pack with 2 other dogs that were rescued along with her and have since found their forever happiness. It is now time for Jessie to find hers as well.
She’s been in our program for a good while and spent some of it in a foster home, some in boarding and is currently living with her trainer and doing exceptionally well. She is a very shy dog at first, but once she feels comfortable in her new digs, she is amazing as the video shows. She’s made her way into many hearts along her journey and we are so hopeful that she will find her way into one last heart that is open to helping a cautious girl fully come out of her shell. New people, new dogs, new surroundings and sounds can all make Jessie initially uncomfortable, but she is gaining confidence and learning a new way of life with her trainer. He fully intends on being a valuable resource for Jessie’s adopter to ensure that her transition into her new home and family is 100% successful.
The challenge for Duck Team 6 is to find the right human for Jessie. She needs an owner that is able to always remain calm and collected for her. Jessie senses nervousness and anxiety in others and it tends to make her more uneasy, so having a jumpy owner on the other end of her leash wouldn’t help her overcome her own anxieties. Her trainer is controlled in all situations he exposes her to and she’s learning quickly to follow his calm demeanor. He identifies areas that Jessie is uncomfortable with and uses those in her training. Repetition helps her become comfortable as well, so her new owner must be a patient person, willing to devote the time for her continued training. She is well worth the time and energy!
Jessie is fully house, leash and kennel trained. She’s well behaved inside the house and gets along well with dogs that she was slowly introduced to and now lives with. She tends to prefer dogs her size or larger, but with a dog savvy owner, she could peacefully live with a small dog. Jessie loves to chew on bones and toys when she’s in her comfort zone. Her favorite part of the day is just hanging around the house with her trainer and doggy friends and enjoying their company. She definitely knows her comfort zone, but her trainer is working to expand that so she can be at ease in other places too. While walking on the leash, she often still gets nervous if something new suddenly crosses her path and her response can be to jump back or pull forward, but she relies on her walker to be aware of their surroundings and help her face these with confidence. She’s improving in all areas every day!
Jessie is ready to give her affection to a new owner. She gives kisses to her trainer and puts her head in his lap for pets. She also feels safe in his presence and likes to roll over on her back for belly rubs, which shows us that she is happy with him and can be happy with a new family too. He feels that she can have this type of bond with a new owner, but it must be a calm, positive environment so that she can start off on a good foot and continue her forward progress. Routine is important for Jessie as it helps her to feel relaxed about her day because she knows what is coming. Repetition in new places and with new activities is also key for her because it helps her become accustomed to them and in turn she learns that she is safe.
Jessie is learning how to be a well-adjusted dog and we couldn’t be happier to see her amazing progress. Sadly, like many street dogs, Jessie tested positive for heartworms, but will start her treatment soon and the cost will be covered in full by Duck Team 6, even if she is adopted before its completion. This girl has the ability to make you feel loved each and every day with her sweet spirit and loyalty. She grows on people very quickly and we hope to find her very special family soon. She would thrive in a family that has a relaxed environment, a fairly consistent schedule, a nice yard to play in, a larger dog that is well-balanced and lots of patience, compassion and love to give. She still has some challenges to face and her new family has to understand that she’s willing to conquer them with their help.
If you want an amazing sidekick for many years to come and have a special place in your heart for Jessie, we would love to introduce her to you. She is available for adoption and will bring loads of joy to her new family. Her adoption fee is $200. She is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and her heartworm treatment will be paid in full by Duck Team 6. If you have additional questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or to fill out the adoption application, visit http://duckteam6.org/adoption-application.
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