I write this ad very much conflicted about giving our 7 year old dog Lily away. Our situation is that we have a 3rd baby on the way and have not been able to give Lily the attention she needs and deserves. I intend to be transparent and thorough in looking for a suitable home for her. This will be a slow process of transition, perhaps over a period of a month, therefore if you are looking for something immediately, this will probably not be for you. In attempts to be transparent, I will list out Lily's good and not so good characteristics, as well as requirements I will be looking for in a new home.
The Good: Lily is a loving dog. A recent (new) pet sitter wrote: "Lily took a little getting use to me at first, but once she realized I was safe, she warmed up in no time. Pretty big love bug actually." She likes being around people she is comfortable with. She has never bitten anyone (but that doesn't mean any dog won't bite if not treated correctly, for example a child not taught to respect a dog's boundaries). She has good energy, weight, and health. She has been well taken care of at the vet, of course has all of her shots, is spayed, and is micro-chipped. She has been good around our young children, but we still have to be careful because she can be clumsy and is so much bigger than they are. She has not been destructive around our home, despite her being a big chewer and us not doing well giving her things to chew. She has been getting into cardboard which makes a mess, but I don't consider that destructive ... more of a result of us not satiating her desire to chew. She has learned to do alright on walks, although she started as quite the puller and I wouldn't consider it safe to have children walking her without an adult (in my opinion, like most big dogs). She understands basic commands sit, down, stay, bed, etc.
The Not So Good: She is food aggressive. This means that she can not be fed or have treats larger than a biscuit around other dogs otherwise she will feel threatened and may start a fight. She is socially awkward with other dogs. We do have a second dog that she has grown up with since she was a pup, but other dogs confuse her. Years ago, we took her to dog parks and tried doggy day care, but she was never quite comfortable in those settings. She is a higher anxiety creature, which mostly comes out as she barks at stimulus, she paces for dinner time, and she is cautious around new people.
Requirements: 1) Need to be a single dog/cat household 2) a fenced yard is highly desirable 3) Live in the area and be willing to see the same vet (Harmony Hospital) 4) pre-adoption visits both ways (perhaps more than once, you come here and we go to your home) 5) be willing to show me identification and provide references 6) be willing to stay in contact with me, for example, a check-in after the adoption (let's make sure this is good for everyone) 7) be willing to feed her a GrainFree food (currently eats ProPac GrainFree)
Questions for you: 1) Have you owned a dog or pet before? How did it go? 2) What's your current situation and why are you looking for a dog? 3) What is your approach to disciplining a dog? 4) Do you rent or own your home?