Bebe came to Bella as a stray. Nothing else is known about her previous life but within a day of becoming a foster she had a litter of puppies, most died due to her very poor body condition. She was an exceptionally loving mother to her few surviving puppies who have since been adopted. After all her selfless giving to her little family it is now her turn to find a home willing to give their hearts to her. She is quiet and could be a good traveling companion, slipping into a large purse and content to be carried around. She gets cold sometimes and will need to have clothing for cool days and a warm place inside your home to bed down. When she came to my home she wanted to escape my yard and was kept on a leash which I held at all times. She has now bonded with me and I allow her outside off leash but keep a close eye on her as she still checks the fence for possible escape routes. TEMPERAMENT: She is sweet, intelligent, super cuddly, people oriented. She seems to learn quickly with appropriate correction. Can gets her feelings hurt with harsh correction. In her previous foster home it was reported she got along with children, dogs, cats and other farm animals. Due to her small size she would not do well with large or aggressive dogs or very young children who do not know how to play with a small dog. When spoken to she gives you her full attention and seems to be trying to understand what you are saying. Barks very little, very calm, showing some interest in soft toys.
GENERAL INFORMATION: She is approximately three years old, ten pounds and is fully vetted with a microchip. She is almost housebroken with frequent trips to the backyard. I walk her on a leash before she eats in the morning until she pees and sometimes she will poop a short time after peeing. I tell her what a good dog she is when she potties. She has not had many potty accidents in the house for a while but may have a little problem when first changing homes. I do not know if she has a signal to say when she needs to go out but have noticed her standing quietly by the backdoor from time to time and I immediately let her out. If she did not do both pee and poop before she ate breakfast I take her out again after eating. Anytime we do potty walks I repeatedly say potty potty to get her used to the command and learn that’s what she is to do and lavish praise when she goes. She needs to be fed daily on a regular schedule twice a day. She was fed around 7:30 am and 4:00 pm but this can change to fit your schedule. She was not free fed to assist her with housebreaking but does have free access to water. I feed her separately from my other dogs so she is able to receive an adequate amount of food. She sleeps in a crate at night and has done well for short periods with free run of the house. Just make sure she had an opportunity to go potty before leaving. CARE: Bebe eats Purina Bentiful for small dogs with real chicken 1/2 cup twice a day with chicken broth or stock; uneaten food is not left out to help her not have accidents in the house. She needs to go out after eating to potty if she did not poop before breakfast. She needs to have a harness for outings and wear a collar at all times for tags and identification purposes. She needs warm clothing when outside in cold weather. She is a housedog and needs to be a housedog in your home. She should not be kept outside when you are not home or without some air-conditioning inside if you are gone during the day in the summer. For safety small dogs need to be inside when you are not at home and monitored when outside to keep them from escaping or large birds and animals from attacking them. · Grooming: Bath as needed, make sure she is well dried to reduce shivering and getting sick. · Exercise: No special exercise in needed. She would not be considered a running or walking companion except for short strolls around the neighborhood. · Training: Gentle, patient training will pay off; housetraining is currently well underway but she will have to learn where and when she is supposed to go at your house, so expect a few accidents at first. She needs guidance to learn where to go. She will stand by the backdoor sometimes when she wants to go out but I’m not sure if she has a got to go potty signal.
FAVORITES: She loves to take naps on your lap. She has beginning to show interest in toys or I do not know if she has a favorite treat.
Every year thousands of animals are euthanized or sent home to die because the people who love them cannot afford the cost of veterinary care. Stray and abandoned animals have even fewer options when they are brought into a clinic or veterinary office with no owner to pay for their care.
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