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Superstar Pooch Seeks Fun Pet Parent
Bio by foster and professional dog trainer, Liz
Phoebe isn’t an ordinary dog. Phoebe is a bit of a star. In fact, as I write this, she’s alternating between staring at me intently and rehearsing her entire repertoire of tricks I’ve taught her - and some I haven’t. She often invents her own tricks to see what reaction I’ll give her. She likes it best when I laugh so hard I bend over far enough for her to jump up into my arms, where she licks my neck so feverishly, she begins nibbling (gently) in a sort of grooming behavior. I take that to mean she likes me as much as I like her. I usually toss her a bit of venison jerky - her favorite snack (and one of the few that doesn’t seem to upset her stomach later).
Phoebe is a one year old border collie mix - a sort of miniature, short-haired version maxing out at 30lbs. Her litter was discovered in a ditch in Memphis, TN, which is where the kind staff at the Humane Society swooped in and took over their care. Phoebe was the smallest of her litter, but when I met her while volunteering, I saw a spark of intense knowledge that many border collies maintain. As a professional dog trainer, I’m always on the lookout for those special dogs that would benefit from more individual attention than they can get in a shelter environment. Phoebe came home with me, where I’ve been fostering her and teaching her as much as I can while I’ve had her. She has enjoyed doggie daycare, getting along very well with other dogs. (She can get occasionally carried away with “chase” and her herding instincts kick in with nipping or overly exuberant rough-housing, but all in fun and has never been in any real fight while I’ve had her). She has come to numerous training classes of mine, learning basic manners and behaviors like looking when her name is called, sit, down, come and ‘heeling’ well for her age on and off leash. I’ve also had fun challenging her (and vice versa!) with tricks like roll over, jumping on agility furniture, and my two favorites - jumping straight into my arms and doing a sort of back flip by pushing off my chest.
Phoebe has two quirks that I have learned to manage well, and am happy to share my detailed experiences with any interested adopter. First, she is shy to about 1 out of every 10 strangers, slinking her body toward the ground and making a low ‘chuff’-like bark until she gets warmed up to them (food usually works!) There doesn’t seem to be a noticeable pattern (men, women, age, size, clothing, etc), but she has gotten much better the more I have socialized her. Second, she has a sensitive digestive tract. Our vet tried a few different foods before we found one that is venison-based that resolved her loose stool when I first began fostering her. The hope is that she will grow to be more tolerant of other foods, but for now, she is eating Royal Canin Gastrointestinal PV.
Overall a healthy dog with no injuries or illnesses to date. Spayed and on flea/tick and heartworm prevention since day one. She is absolutely ready for a forever home, and is just a special dog with a sharp mind and a huge heart. Her adoption fee of 425 includes up to date shots, bordatella vacvination, rabies vacvination, spay, microchip, all vetting and flea tick and heartworm preventative, required health certificate to travel out of state, and transport from memphis to your area. Oh and professional training to boot! Please email email@example.com for an adoption application on this super special rock star of a dog!