Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
Age: 2.5 Years
Size: Medium 41 lbs. ~Medium Range: 26- 60 lbs
Adoption Donation: $180 (applicable sales tax included). Adoption fees may be paid with cash or check.
Other: Spayed Female, Vaccinations current, Microchip, No cats, Older considerate children only, Not apartment appropriate,
Sophie would LOVE to have a forever home and family!
* No cats
3/12/17: Sophie is still here and hoping that she has a patient angel out there that will give her the chance she so deserves. Sophie is a sweet, sweet dog who needs time to warm up to new people and new surroundings (as well as new animals). She needs to go to a home with another dog who can show her that the world and people are not so scary, but her new home must also be comfortable with doing slow introductions to the resident animals. Sophie can be snotty to new dogs who invade her space but slow proper introductions diffuse the snottiness and she warms up beautifully (it took her a few days to decompress when we first brought her home. We kept her separated from our dogs by a baby gate for those three days and that's exactly what she needed). Sophie hopes her new canine sibling is pretty chill and is ok with cuddling. She cuddles her foster siblings like nobody's business!
Sophie is still very young (around 2.5 years old) and we are pretty certain she was never socialized to anything in life so things as small as tossing your clothes on the ground can be terrifying for her. Given her fearfulness, she must go to a home that is child-free (and a home that will not be adding kids to the family in her lifetime).
Sophie kennels really, really well but can be barky when you leave for the day so she should not go to an apartment because she may get complaints about partying too hard while you're gone. She can keep her kennel clean for 4-5 hours so she would love to find a home that can let her out on potty breaks during the work day.
If you have kept reading to this point, you know Sophie's needs, now I'll indulge in her amazingness. Sophie walks GREAT on a leash and would benefit from daily walks to ease her anxiety. She is incredibly treat motivated so working with her on training is a lot of fun and she picks things up fairly quickly. Have I mentioned that Sophie is an amaaaaaazing cuddler? Like seriously one of the best I've ever seen. She'll give you kisses and cuddle you forever if she could. Sophie is the perfect blend of lazy and active. She loves going on adventures (and needs daily activity to help with her anxiety) but also loves having Netflix marathons as long as you share your lap and popcorn.
Please, please, please, consider giving Sophie a chance. She is such an amazing dog who was handed a round of bad cards in her first couple years, so she needs an angel to show her that this world will treat her well and that she is deserving of love and life. Are you Sophie's angel?
12/26/16: We’ve had the pleasure of having Sophie as our foster for a little over 2 months now. She is a sweet and shy girl who is looking for a quiet home to call her own. She is still fairly skittish (however has improved by leaps and bounds compared to when she first arrived in the rescue) so requires a home with no kids as their quick and sudden movements and noises are too scary for her.
She is doing better with our two cats so we would consider a home with cats as long as they understand how to do slow and proper dog-cat introductions and as long as the cats are socialized to dogs (a skittish cat who ran away from her might be too tempting to chase). Sophie would also be ok with her forever home having a dog buddy to show her the ropes and demonstrate to her that this world isn’t as scary as she thinks. HOWEVER, if she goes to a home with another dog her forever family must give her time to warm up because she’ll act like she doesn’t like a dog but then will be their best friend after a few days (she has been doing better with our calm male than with our crazy female).
Sophie has been going to obedience classes and has been doing great at sit, down, watch me, stay, and walking loosely on a leash (with a harness). She also is learning how to wait to eat her dinner until given the ok. She is a very smart girl who catches on quickly to the rules and also redirects very easily if she is doing something she shouldn’t. She is kennel trained but does bark a little when in her kennel so an apartment setting is not a good fit for her.
Sophie would love to find an active home that will exercise her daily to help with her anxiety and give her the love she so desperately craves. Please consider giving this girl a chance. She is happy just hanging out on the couch watching movies and cuddling, or going on a walk and exploring the world. Sophie is such a gem and the best friend you’ve been looking for.
10/30/16: We've had the pleasure of having this sweet girl as our foster for about three weeks now. In those three weeks, she has gone from a scared, unsure, skittish girl to a blossoming young soul who is excited to learn that the world is not so scary.
We believe Sophie to be about 2 years old, and now that she has come out of her shell a little bit, she is showing us she would love to find an active forever home- one who likes to go on walks (she walks very nicely on leash with a harness!), rollerblade, run, play ball, or really anything active where she gets to hang out with her family and burn off that typical young dog energy at the same time. She would also be ok with her forever home having another canine sibling for her to learn the ropes from and see that the world isn't so scary, BUT, she does need very slow introductions to new dogs, so her forever home must be understanding of this (it took her three days to be ok with hanging out with our two dogs). Sophie is probably not a good candidate for taking to dog parks. Although awfully sweet, Sophie is not that great at controlling her chasing instinct around cats, so a home with no cats is required for her. Since she startles easily around new noises and sudden movements, she should go to a home with older and considerate kids only. The quick movements and loud noises of young kids might be a bit too much for her.
Sophie does very well in her crate. She kennels during the day while we're gone at work and while she does vocally protest right away, we always come home to a quiet and calm Sophie. Since she can be slightly barky when you're gone, an apartment setting is probably not a good idea. Once she is settled into her home and knows the ropes, she does very well at not having accidents in the house as long as you are good at letting her out consistently. She takes a little longer to potty when out on a tie-out because she needs to inspect and make sure that her surroundings are safe. She really shows her goofy side and potties right away in a fenced in yard, so we would love to see her go to a home with a fenced in yard but it's not a requirement.
Sophie is the sweetest girl in the world and once she knows you're a friend, she will be your best friend for life. She would love to find a calm and loving home who is excited to show her that this world is not so scary. If Sophie sounds like the forever dog you've been looking for, please fill out an adoption application and meet her. This girl sure is a catch and will make one lucky family incredibly happy!
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