Chessa is a 3-year-old fawn colored Staffordshire terrier mix who looks like she stuck her face in a big bucket of white paint that drizzled down to her neck, chest and tip toes! She is sweet as can be and coexists with canine and feline friends just fine, but it does take her a little time to warm up to new dogs. She's very gentle with her feline friends and loves curling up next to them and taking cat naps. She takes a little longer to warm up to dog buddies, but once she does, they become besties! Chessa and her doggy roommate are inseparable buds and do everything together. The great thing about Chessa is that she has an ‘off’ button and can just as quickly tone down the energy and become a super lazy lounging partner.
This adorable pup is housebroken and she is working on her crate training. Chessa's separation anxiety has improved a lot since she first arrived at her foster home! She still doesn't like being alone, but will wait patiently for her people to come home. Chessa currently lives with another dog and two cats. She was also very welcoming to another foster dog who has since been adopted. She is unsure of new dogs at first, but after a bit of time to acclimate, she quickly grows attached to them. Her favorite games are tug-o-war and fetch- she will even drop the ball at your feet and catch it mid-air when you throw it. She also understands the difference between dog toys and human items; she is very good about only chewing on bones and chew toys. She was a little protective of her chew toys at first, but with some time and training she's gotten used to sharing with her dog buddy. Chessa would do fine in a home with another dog so long as a soft introduction was in place. With a little time, her love and affection shows through and she is just the sweetest thing!
Chessa doesn’t have the confidence that a lot of other pups tend to possess. With a background unknown, she is fearful upon meeting new people and dogs. It took her about a week to come out of her shell while she hid under furniture. Once she realized that her home was a safe space, she became such a lovebug and shared all her kisses with her humans! Anything new is pretty scary to Miss Chessa and she is very cautious on her approach. The good news is that she eventually gets used to it all and moves on to the next obstacle, so we are very optimistic that she can adjust and settle into a new situation with some time and TLC. We think Chessa would do best in a home with another dog, but she needs an experienced adopter who knows how to give structured introductions and to be patient. She is initially reactive to dogs, but after a little time she becomes very attached to them and follows them around like a lost baby goose!
As stated before, Chessa loves a good game of tug-of-war and gets so excited when the ropes come out. As long as she gets a walk or two a day and some good play time in, that’s all the exercise she really requires. She's a healthy pup who loves to play, but also loves to cuddle! She's extremely affectionate and shows it to both her human and four-legged friends- dogs & felines alike. She even goes right up to groom the resident cat! As Chessa warms up to you, you’ll see her devotion to making you smile. She is such a warmhearted pooch who just wants to be loved.
If you’re looking for a loyal companion who will earn your trust with a little time, Chessa is your gal! Love doesn’t always come easy, but that make the reward all the better. Come share your kindness with this sweet soul and show her how great the world can be!
To ensure our dogs are placed in a safe environment, we require a home visit for all adoptions. Because of this, we typically only adopt to homes within 30 minutes of Athens, GA. If you are further away than that and are interested in one of our pups, please still fill out an application and we can discuss your options. Please understand that you would be responsible for all transportation - meeting the dog, picking the dog up to start a trial, returning the dog should he/she not be a good fit, etc. Please visit our website for more info. (www.athenscaninerescue.com)