Welcome Heidi! Heidi is a young Hound mix and will probably top out at about 40lbs. She is about 6 months old, so she still has a bit of room to grow and we imagine she’ll be a medium dog, but it can be hard to be sure. Heidi is good with other dogs and cats and she is crate trained! Sometimes she’ll ignore her feline friends while other times she tries to get them to play. When the cats give warnings and hiss back, she backs off and finds something better to do.
Children are Heidi’s preferred humans but she is still pretty scared of all people. The smaller ones are easier for her to trust and she has been around the full age range of kids. She currently lives in a household with a lot of canine friends, including two female dogs who are 4 years old, and fellow ACR adoptables, Forest and Holly. Forest is her best buddy!! She plays with him all the time and follows his example and is slowly learning to trust people. Each day she learns how to be a puppy and plays a little bit more ? Her newest break through is finding out how squeaky toys work. She just loves picking up one and squeaking it! So far though she won’t play with her toys with Foster Mom, but all in due time! Foster mom is determined to play! Due to her shyness, Heidi needs structured introductions and would not be a great dog park dog, at least not yet. Initially she wouldn’t let anyone pet her unless she was in her kennel and had no other option, but now she has her favorite corner on the couch and people can join her in her safe space. She still scurries away if a person is standing and tries to pet her but she accepts petting more and more willingly. She has even started joining the ‘foster mom is home happy dance’ that her foster siblings do. She just barely touches the tips of her nose to her mom’s fingers as she wiggles and bounces around behind Forest, so she isn’t quite there yet but she is soooo close!!! She hasn’t shown aggression or anything when she is being fearful, she just prefers to shrink into a tiny little ball and hide and wait for whatever is scaring her to leave.
Despite Heidi’s developing confidence, vacuums don’t scare her at all! For the most part, Heidi is laid back and reserved in the house and her most excited points come in spurts while playing in the backyard or wrestling on the couch. Play sessions with Forest in the backyard are the best form of exercise for her right now, but once she gets used to the leash and realizes that people are friendly, walks would be good for her too. Overall, Heidi is a very independent woman who doesn’t need physical affection but still wants to be part of the pack and spend time in the same room as the rest of the family.
Heidi may think she is part cat… she absolutely LOVES laser pointers! Heidi was learning housebreaking when she first came to ACR but since she moved in with Forest and Holly she has been accident free! If she is using a potty pad she will bark to let you know once she has done her business to tell you to clean it up! She keeps her crate clean through the night and sleeps all night without a peep! In fact, she loves her crate and if she ever needs a moment to unwind and relax after something super scary, that is the first place she goes!
Though Heidi still has some work to do, she has come a long way since her first day in her foster home. From shaking in the corner and bolting as soon as someone walked by, to letting people pass without much notice, now clear to letting people join her on the couch- she is slowly but surely building her confidence. With some more time, TLC and patience, Heidi will fit right in with her forever family. Keep checking back in for updates on Heidi as she continues to learn how to be a happy puppy!!
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)