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Facts about Annabelle
- Breed: Australian Shepherd
- Color: Brown/Chocolate - With Tan
- Age: Adult
- Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
- Sex: Female
- ID#: 4229657
My name is Annabelle!
I am already spayed, housetrained, purebred, a special needs pet, up to date with shots, not good with dogs, and not good with cats.
1/2011 Update Annabelle is a healthy, happy 2 year old Australian Shepherd. She is an active, vocal girl who loves to tug and play. Annabelle has a couple of challenges. She has a condition known as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency which means she must have an enzyme power added to all of her meals so she can digest her food. This enzyme costs about $50/month. Without the enzyme Annabelle would starve to death no matter how much food you give her but with the enzyme she can maintain a healthy weight around 45 lbs. The condition doesnt slow her down at all and she is otherwise very healthy.
The biggest challenge with Annabelle is her lack of socialization at an early age. She doesnt trust easily. My husband and I are her only friends. She has become friendly with 2 other people but only likes them on her terms. She becomes very upset during vet visits and must be muzzled. For anything more invasive than getting shots she needs to be sedated. She does not like other animals though through continued socialization I believe she may accept another submissive dog. Loving Annabelle will require patience and building her trust. Once she trusts you she is a faithful companion and protector so be prepared to have her defend you and her space.
Annabelle would be happiest as an only pet with an experienced dog owner, preferably with Australian Shepherds.
1/2010 Update - Annabelle is an 18-20 month old Australian Shepherd. She was rescued by a Good Samaritan just in time to save her life. She weighed only 18 pounds. As a result of long term malnutrition and exposure to the elements, her body was full of bacteria and her fur was falling out. Even with all the pain and fear, she had the sweetest spirit and a drive to live that was inspirational.
After months of trying to help Annabelle gain weight she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Insufficiency, a condition which prevents her body from digesting the nutrients in her food. To correct this deficiency an enzyme powder must be added to each meal. She will require this enzyme with every meal for the rest of her life. She will also require at least 2 meals of quality dog food each day. With regular feeding and the enzyme she can be expected to be a healthy Aussie. The enzyme costs about $80/month.
Annabelle has most likely never had a home or been cared for and as a result carries emotional scars from her past. She is food and toy aggressive and for that reason Annabelle needs to be an only child. She has learned to trust her foster parents and is no longer food or toy aggressive with them but that trust would have to be built with new parents. She is also very aggressive toward cats and has not yet warmed up to having another dog around. We are slowly introducing her to our other dogs. She seems to be afraid of them and is quick to growl if they get close to her. I am hopeful that she will eventually enjoy a dog companion but at least for now she is interested only in human companionship.
She is reserved when meeting someone new but warms up to people and has been fine around small children. Because of her high energy level and the fact that she couldnt be trusted if a child has food or a toy, it would be best if she was adopted by someone who does not have young children.
She is loving and playful and a wonderful companion. Annabelle has a typical Aussie puppy personality and energy level and would do well in a home familiar with Aussies. She needs to stay busy and always needs to be close to her human. She definitely must be an inside dog who becomes part of the family. She enjoys playing with toys and fetching and loves to ride in the car. She would be an amazing agility dog or fly ball dog as she is speedy Gonzales.
Annabelle is house and crate trained, up to date on shots and spayed. She is a petite girl at just 36 pounds. She will continue to gain weight but will likely always be a smaller Aussie. Her red and copper coat is healthy and thick.
Annabelle needs a special person or family to love her and make her part of their life. With time and a patient loving hand she will likely become less toy and food aggressive however she will never outgrow the need for the costly medication so careful thought should be given before you consider adopting her. If you can provide her the support she needs, you will most definitely not be sorry for sharing your life with this wonderful girl!
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