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Seeking adopters experienced with shy/fearful dogs.
Shelly is a sweet dog with some sort of unknown trauma in her past. Physically, she's fine and healthy. Mentally, she needs someone who's patient and kind to help bring her out of her shell. She's solidly housebroken and nondestructive. She's nervous around new dogs but her foster mom can settle her in with them fairly quickly and will show you how to do that if you adopt her. She likes to play with other dogs one on one but is uncomfortable playing in a pack environment.
She's nervous around new people and it takes her longer to adapt to new humans, so she's not a suitable match for someone who has a large family, lots of parties, or wants to take their dog everywhere.
Once she knows and trusts you, she's a fabulous dog. Great watchdog. Loves to sleep on her loveseat at night but is also willing to sleep in bed with you if you offer her the opportunity. She has the softest coat ever and loves to be touched. She loves to communicate with her human via a combined chorus of barks, warbles, and body languages and she absolutely loves a human who chooses to interact and learn her communication methods. She's looking for a tight bond with a dog whisperer type of human a la Victoria Stillwell. (Look her up, she's fabulous.)
Shelly cannot live with cats. They're just too overstimulating for her and she's just too annoying for them. So we're also going with no small furries or feathered friends in her adoptive home.
She loves toys, especially squeak toys. Shelly is middle aged and weighs 42 lb. She's medium energy, needing a good romp around the yard once or twice a day but then settles down nicely indoors. She also enjoys long walks. She doesn't get carsick but does pace a bit nervously on short car rides. On longer rides she eventually settles down and naps.
We're seeking an adults-only home for Shelly. Due to her communicative nature, she's not suitable for condos, townhomes, or apartments. Single family homes only please. Fenced yard mandatory so she can do her yard zoomies game. She loves that.
We've had Shelly for awhile and know her very well. If you'd like to ask questions about her before submitting an application, feel free to email us. She has an unusual personality but we think she's worth the effort it takes to get to know her.
Possible breeds in her mix: Collie, Border Collie, Harrier, Hound. She has the kind of intensity and intelligence that herding breeds often exhibit. She would love to live with someone who is really into positive motivation training. She looks to her human for leadership quite often.
Shelly likes to live in a very structured reality and is actually named after Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. His mom calls him Shelly.
If you live in the Lehigh Valley PA area, a local trainer near Easton PA/Phillipsburg NJ has offered free obedience classes to Shelly's adopters.
The hypoallergenic dog myth:
We are not a shelter. Our dogs are fostered in a home environment. All meetings are by appointment. If you are interested in meeting or possibly adopting this dog, please submit an application to begin the process. We respond to inquiries via email. Please watch your email for a response, usually within 12 hours.
Adoption fee: $275 + tax = $291.50
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Recommended dog trainer in the Lehigh Valley area: Jill Wright with K-9's In Training, website: http://www.k-9sintraining.net/ We've used Jill's services for our own dogs and foster dogs as needed. We LOVE her training methods...and so do the dogs! Please tell Jill you saw her info on the Happy Dog Rescue site.
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