I am up to date with shots.
Chiara is a beautiful pup who will undoubtedly grow into a lovely adult dog.
Chiara was rescued from eastern Washington along with her sister, Cherie. She is been in foster care in Bellingham, WA since 1/4/2012.
Chiara began treatment for ringworm (a fungus like Athlete's foot that is highly contagious) on January 6, and she is recovering nicely. However, ringworm treatment typically takes two months.
***Chiara's new family must be willing and able to continue her treatment regiment, most likely through the end of February, including medication twice daily with food, medicated baths at least two times per week, and regular laundering of pet bed covers. Her new family will also need to take additional precautions to avoid spreading the fungus, such as keeping Chiara away from dogs other dogs, washing their hands after handling Chiara, etc.
Chiara is a funny pup. She loves to roughhouse with her sister just as much as she enjoys draping herself over a human lap to chew on a toy. She also likes to sit on the feet of whoever is working in the kitchen and she readily curls up on someone's chest for a nap. She is spirited, and can be a scoundrel at times. She likes to explore, and doesn't hesitate to go after something she wants. Her nickname is "Boss Hog" -- a reference to the portly and swindling character from The Dukes of Hazard. This is due to her chubbiness, her pig-like way of verbally communicating in grunts from the back of her throat (Marge Simpson's voice also comes to mind), and how sometimes she'll strut around very proud of something she's done (like stealing a toy). Chiara loves playing with challenging food toys like the Buster Cube or the Hide-a-Toy Gingerbread House.
Chiara is good with other dogs. She loves the adult female pit bull in her foster home. Chiara has been consistently undeterred by the adult dogs occasional grumpiness, knowing that she's wormed her way into the adult dog's heart. (The foster family frequently finds Chiara curled up with the adult dog, and or belly up in front of the adult dog.)
Chiara has never been alone. She is still very young and will need near constant attention for several more months. She would do well in a home where someone is at home most of the time and/or where there already is a compatible dog.
Chiara is an excellent off-leash hiker, and she's learning to walk on-leash. She is 75-90% potty trained, but still requires active guidance. She is a smart dog who learns quickly.
As of 1/20/2012, Chiara has received two sets of basic vaccinations. Her medical record will be provided to her adopting family.