GIA is a beautiful, loving 5,5 year old 22 lb (down from 27), black and tan wirehair Tweenie Doxie looking for a loving family. If ever there was a determined little doxie willing to do whatever it takes to be ready for her forever family, it's little Miss Gia. She has accomplished more in the past few months than most of us accomplish in a year of goal setting...at this time of New Year's resolutions, we could learn a thing or two from this little doxie.
If you've been watching GIA's progress over the past few months, you'll remember that she came to us with some issues with her skin, her foot pads and her weight...though her kindness, loving and playful spirit have been apparent all along. Well, we're happy to report that Gia's weight is down, her footpads have healed nicely and her previous skin condition is all but gone.
GIA is a very good companion dog...she loves EVERYONE! She LOVES to go for walks (though she is limited to about 3/4 mile at a time) and enjoys playing with other dogs. Gia is also a very funny Doxie who will talk to you. She whines/growls to go out, growls when playing with a toy, growls when asking to come onto your lap, etc. She loves to play, but prefers to play with her human, and will roll or push the toy to you to encourage interaction. She loves to fetch and almost always brings the toy back to be thrown again. She growls ferociously but it is 'all talk.'
GIA currently lives in a foster home with other dogs; here is what her foster mom has to say about her interaction with the other animals:
She loves everybody, male or female, young or old, human, canine, or feline. We are currently fostering a 14 year old blind and deaf Pekingese and she is very gentle with this senior citizen. GIA is completely housebroken. She is not food aggressive. Each dog has their own area to eat and Gia goes to her spot and waits for her kibble. She never tries to bully any of the other dogs.
She loves roughhousing with our other doxie, so another dog in her forever home would probably be a plus.
GIA will do best in a family with an active stay at home parent (work from home or retired) and older children (over age 12), who are familiar with the special needs of Dachshunds. If you know anyone interested in a sweet, social, fun little wirehair doxie who loves to play and go for walks, please share this with them...this little girl has worked very hard to be ready for her new forever family.
GIA is all Dachshund - high energy and enjoys playing and warming her little bones in the sunshine, so along with regular walks around her neighborhood, GIA needs a secure fenced yard to run around and explore safely. While small in stature, doxies are big on personality and don't generally do well in apartments, with all of the noises and traffic that come with multiple dwellings in a confined space. To best set up our doxies and their new families for success, ODR, Inc., adopt to families who live in single family homes with secure fenced yards.
OUR CRITERIA (aka The Fine Print):
Based on 30 years of experience with rescue doxies, we have pretty strict criteria. Do you work from home/stay at home/work part time? Have a securely fenced yard? We do not place same gender dogs in a home unless they were raised together, and children need to be 12 or older (some exceptions IF the dog is a puppy or the child has been raised with a doxie). We prefer non smokers and a home with no other small animals (ferrets, hamsters, etc). Cats are on a case by case basis depending on the dog. Remember, these are rescues; many were surrendered because of these issues.
WHAT YOU GET IN RETURN WITH YOUR LITTLE RESCUE:
All our dogs are fully vetted, including spay/neuter, rabies, DHPP, Bordetella, Pyrantyl, nails trimmed, and dental when needed. They'll come with a basket of goodies, food, toys and a custom made harness. The adoption fee is $495, sorry no exceptions, as this covers the cost to rescue them, vet them and take care of them while in our rescue. It also helps towards the care of other doxies that come with huge vet or dental bills or need extensive behavioral training.
Can you give GIA a happy, carefree life that she deserves? If interested, please complete the adoption questionnaire at www.odr-inc.org and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The adoption committee will attempt to be in touch with you within 48 -72 hours. Please be patient as we are solely volunteer run.
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