My name is Sammie! I'm looking for a caring family to give me a lifetime full of fun and love... and treats :p
I was rescued from the streets in Arkansas as a stray, where I unfortunately picked up Heartworm Disease from all those pesky mosquitos. -dang 'skeeters- Luckily, the pound in Hope was able to provide treatment, so I can enjoy a nice long life with an awesome family... who will keep me on monthly heartworm prevention for the rest of my live-long days! A Heartworm/Lyme combo test is recommended 6 months after treatment, so late February 2017 (this is NOT covered by Wags & Whiskers, since an annual HW test is the standard veterinary recommendation). To learn more about heartworm, please visit the American Heartworm Society's website:https://www.heartwormsociety.
I'm a young adult with plenty of spunk and intellect. As a people pleaser, I picked up quickly how to sit, (lay) down, come, and spin; and my foster mom tells me I'm a very quick learner! She tells me that once I master those, we can move onto "stay," "crawl," pick out my different toys, and lots more! I'm pretty good at keeping my mind busy with a couple different food puzzles too, but I do love a challenge. Home life is really great, so it's hard to contain myself sometimes... I guess my foster mom isn't too keen on me jumping up with joy, so I'm also learning "off" and to "settle" when I feel overwhelmed with excitement. Once I sit and wait for a bit, then I get lots of attention and sometimes get invited onto the couch for a cuddle even!
When my foster mom and dad have to leave for the day, I hang out in my crate with my frozen peanut butter with kibble Kong toy without a peep... unless someone creeps up on me. That freaks me out a little, so I try to bark away the perpetrator. Speaking of, I'm a little leary of new people, especially guys. However, my foster dad has been patiently working with me and feeding me my meals and special treats, so we're cool now (after about a 7-10 days)... as long as he doesn't move too suddenly or act scary. I'm slowly learning to trust everyone the same... peanut butter spoons and other treats tend to speed along the process! I LOVE treats!! However, they tell me I need to go on a diet. Hey! it's not my fault that restricted activity/crate rest was part of the heartworm treatment. Since food is a great motivator for me to enjoy/tolerate the company of new people, my fosters have been cutting back on my regular kibble to allow for the increased calories from all those treats!
On the other hand, I loved my feline foster "brother" and "sister" right away! Mr. T (boy kitty) and I are good friends now! ...RC (girl kitty) is still hesitant around me; I just kinda ignore her, so she can approach me on her terms. -typical cat- LOL Moxie is my canine foster "sister" who is trying to get used to another pup in the home. We get along fairly well, though she doesn't really seem to like playing with me as much as I like playing with her. Hobbes is my canine foster "brother" who takes a while to warm up to newbies, so we're working on a slow introduction... I think we'll be pals pretty quick! (There are no kids in my foster home, so I'm not sure how I feel about them. I bet if their movements weren't too irratic or voices too loud, at least in the beginning, we could figure it out.)
I've never had an accident in the house in the 2 weeks I've been here, so I'm pretty awesome about that! ...but my foster mom doesn't set me up to fail: she lets me outside and goes out with me into to fenced backyard to potty right away in the morning, when getting home from work, and before bed. For walks, I do fairly well on a regular leash and collar, but walk perfectly with a head collar (gentle leader). Car rides are no big deal for me... unless I have too many treats before, then I get a little queasy in a moving vehicle. I've gone to work (vet clinic) with my foster mom a couple times: everyone loved me there. It was a little much to take in, but I handled it very well; probably because of the treats and the calm, respectful attitude of the people there.
If you have any questions about me or maybe if you just want to meet me to see how adorable and smart I am in person?!, please send an email to Wags & Whiskers: http://www.wagsmn.org/
I hope to meet you soon!
Sammie (aka Sammity-Jam)
Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler X Catahoula
(blue merle with a hint of red/tan and white)
Date Of Birth 6/8/13
50# now, but ideal weight is ~43#
Interested in adopting this lovable animal? Please go to our website www.wagsmn.org and fill out an Adoption Application. Once the application is processed, a Wags representative will contact you, answer any questions you may have, and set up a time/location for a meet and greet! A home visit is required prior to adoption. Wags & Whiskers adopts animals within a 60 mile radius of the Twin Cities or a 30 minute radius of Duluth, Rochester, and Mankato.
Thank you for choosing to adopt!
Breed and temperament determination: Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue attempts to determine breed and temperament using a combination of looks, information provided to us at intake, and our experience with the animal while in our Rescue. We do not guarantee this determination.
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