Demi is a people dog, and loves nothing more than attention from her people. She even gives hugs! She warms up slowly to new people, but once she is familiar, she is a love bug. She is not at all comfortable around new dogs, and so can be defensive. She is starting to get along with her two canine foster siblings, but she can be jealous of other dogs and would do best in a home where she can be in the spotlight all the time. Demi shows a little herdyness, and is starting to show interest in toys. She really enjoys walks and bike rides on leash. She’s a pretty high energy girl who needs a good chunk of daily vigorous exercise – at least an hour – to be at her best.
We are not sure about Demi’s past, but we doubt it was a very good one. Since arriving at WBCR, Demi is housetrained, started with cratetraining, and has begun to learn very basic manners. She is terribly lacking confidence, and will benefit greatly from adopters who will continue her training using positive, gentle methods. She also requires adopters who will continue to expose her to all the world – new places, new people, new dogs - has to offer safely and slowly and at a pace that Demi is OK with.
Although we had no idea of Demi’s medical condition when we pulled her from the shelter, at her spay appointment the vet discovered Demi was born with no reproductive organs, and with an abnormal excretion system. She has no rectum and instead both urinates and defecates through her vulva! This has not affected her housetraining but she is very prone to urinary tract infections. To proactively keep these at bay, we recommend she be fed a UTI prevention specific diet as well as take cranberry supplements. She will undoubtedly still develop UTIs and will need to be treated for those as they arise. (For those of you who are curious, this rare abnormality is called a rectovaginal fistula and atresia ani). It does not seem to affect her any other way than chronic UTIs.
All in all, Demi is a lovely girl who will prove an affectionate and devoted companion. In the right hands, she should also blossom into the happy, confident girl we know she can be! If you have a soft spot for, and experience with, those special cases, Demi may be the one for you.
Demi is up to date on vaccinations and living in a loving foster home near Jackson, WY.
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