Vixie seems to be a beautiful lemon and white Hound/Pointer mix, but your guess is as good as ours. She is about 3 years old and weighs 55 pounds. She has beautiful, long legs, and a long thin tail. She came to us as a stray in January 2016, afraid of gunshots, fireworks, and loud noises. She was adopted almost immediately, but returned in May 2016 because her family lived in a busy, city neighborhood close to several busy roads and many loud noises that scared her. Vixie created a sport where she dug under their fence and went exploring on her own too, and that was not a good idea in such a busy place. Since she has been back at our shelter she has become a very happy and seemingly social girl. She LOVES everyone and especially loves leashed walks and spending time with Flower out in our very big fenced yard. She has never tried to dig out but we never leave her out there alone. She LOVES hanging around and laying in the sun while Flower loves on her. Vixie’s previous mom helped us put this write-up together and she will be very happy to talk to folks interested in adopting Vixie. (That family had two very small children, another dog, and a cat.) Vixie has MANY GREAT TRAITS. She:
- is FANTASTIC with OTHER DOGS, CATS, KIDS, and BASICALLY EVERYTHING.
- was extremely good with the family cat. Vixie paid the cat absolutely no attention at all.
- even tolerates massive amounts of attention from toddlers—she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.
- is house trained (had a couple of accidents the first 2 days but after that was clean in the home). She is VERY CLEAN in her room here at the shelter too.
- did not chew on things inside the home and did not scratch at things either.
- wasn’t crated in the house and didn’t need to be (she was very attached to her bed so might like a crate).
- has VERY GOOD house manners in general. Vixie and their other dog Copper would stay in the living room (uncrated) when left at home alone. The family closed all doors to ensure they didn’t roam the house and find trouble, but they stayed together, with the cat, without any trouble at all. Vixie usually slept when left home alone.
- is independent, enjoys sniffing, and running as she explores. Here at the shelter, she comes when called.
- needs a very secure fence to keep her safe (they have a fence but Vixie often dug under it to go exploring). Running an electric ‘small animal wire’ along the bottom of a fence would stop her from digging under, and so would installing an Invisible Fence along the visible fence.
- is not a fence climber.
- took a while to settle into their home and was a bit reclusive at first, but that was probably because she didn’t know many people and was still unsure about the intentions of her family. Her at our shelter, she has gotten very comfortable in her own skin and is pretty self-confident. We feel she will settle into her next home very quickly.
- loves her roommate Brent and he gets his confidence by being with her. They share things nicely.
- did not bark in the house but she did bark outside a lot when she scented something, and their next door neighbors complained. She also barks for attention when she wants to be included in things at the shelter.
- loves to lounge around outside with people (here at the shelter) and lay in the sun to receive affection.
- a home in a rural environment, away from the noise of traffic and emergency vehicles, BUT not so rural that she hears gunfire all the time.
- a place where her barking when she sees a squirrel or rabbit will not bother close neighbors.
- acreage far away from a main road; an Invisible Fence around a large area; OR a large, securely fenced yard with a small animal electric wire under it to prevent her from digging out.
“House hounds” make great pets. Vixie will thrive when she finds a home with a nice family that lives in a rural area. If you are interested in her, we can arrange for you to talk to the wonderful family she lived with recently. Contact Flower at 434-361-0190 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about her.
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