My name is Dixie, and I am a 3-4 year old purebred Boston Terrier. I am a small little girl, but I have a big heart and I am a survivor. Here is my story.....
A friend of MMR alerted the rescue that a breeder had some dogs he wanted to surrender. When my rescuers came to get me, they found over 80 dogs on the premises, some of which were living in makeshift sheds and wooden 'boxes'. My friends believe this place is a puppy mill. They saw lots of pregnant dogs and tons of puppies under heat lamps. It was sad. They begged and pleaded to take more dogs, but the person would only let me and my friend, Ollie, leave that day. Ollie is also up for adoption through MMR. My friends had to keep their cool so they could someday soon return to save more dogs, and they promised me that they will do just that.
Like most of the dogs there, I was basically kept outside. I was exposed to both the cold winters and burning heat of the Virginia summers. I was never given much human interaction and it appears what little interaction I had with humans, was not very positive. I have very little confidence, and am very shy when I first meet a new human. Any sudden movement by a human scares me. I am actually doing better, now that I am in my wonderful foster home. I have canine foster siblings, and I get along with everyone!!! My foster parents say that I am a very sweet and loving little girl, and now that I have come to know and trust them, I am blossoming more and more every day. Both of my foster parents work during the day, and I am fine gated in a safe area with my bed and my open crate, which I love to snooze in. We get mid day breaks and I like knowing my foster siblings are around to keep me company. Everyone tells me this is a very good sign, because it means I am gaining confidence, and I am leaving my past behind me!!!
I have been totally vetted. I am up to date on my vaccines, heart worm negative and on a monthly preventative, and have been spayed. I also had a hernia repaired during my surgery....the hernia was so bad that it could have cut the blood supply to my intestines off, and it would have killed me. This type of hernia is extremely painful, and no one knows how long I had been suffering from it. I am all better now and feeling no pain!!!! Now, I need a forever home that I can call my very own!!!
MMR says that I must have another dog(or two) already living in my new home. The dogs need to be similar in size to me, and must be friendly, playful and welcoming to a new canine sibling. I need another canine to help me continue to build my confidence and to show me the ropes in my new home. While I am a sweet girl, MMR believes I will do best in a home with NO CHILDREN. My past makes a more laid back, quiet home more appropriate for me. I also need a home where my person or parents have experience with puppy mill dogs, or living with dogs who have had a traumatic past. I just need a little more time, patience and love than a dog with no trauma.....once I bond with my new home, I will continue to blossom, just like I am in my foster home. I also need a family where someone is home more often than not, or works part time. I am a wonderful companion, and need my person around as much as possible, especially in the first few months of my placement. Finally, because new sounds and sights frighten me, I am still learning about leash walking. I enjoy a walk, but will need a FENCED YARD in my new home. I am still a little skittish, and sometimes the backyard is a safer place...as long as I am being supervised.
If you meet the minimum requirements listed above, please fill out an application for me. I really, really, really want a family of my own. I do come with a little 'baggage', but time and love will help me forget about all that. I have already started on my emotionally recovery.......Don't you want to join me on the journey??? Apply today!!!!
My adoption fee is $350, which covers the cost of routine vetting, rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, deworming, spay/neuter surgery, heartworm testing, my microchip, monthly heartworm prevention, monthly flea/tick prevention, and any transport costs if applicable.
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