I am already spayed, housetrained, and up to date with shots.
Lizzy is a wonderful young Cattle Dog type mix, possibly with some Border Collie or Australian Shepherd. She is roughly 2 years old and weighs about 50lbs. She was rescued from an overcrowded Eastern Washington shelter after she was picked up as a stray. Being a stray, it is unknown what happened to her at the start of her life, but it has led to Lizzy being insecure in new situations as well as being wary of men and children. She is shy when you first meet her, but once she warms up to you she is full of happy, playful energy and loves to give kisses.
Lizzy is a medium-high energy dog and is looking for someone who has dog experience, especially that of herding breeds. She loves to run and play off-leash, and has a decent recall when it is time to leave. She absolutely loves hiking and running. She also enjoys swimming, both in lakes and by the ocean. Lizzy is still learning what toys are, but is quickly learning the game of keep away from her foster brother, a 6 year old male German Shepherd. She gets along with most dogs, although she doesn’t particularly like alpha type males or females. She is not the type of dog who will exercise herself, nor is she in any way a couch potato. This is a lady who likes to go out and do things!
One of the best things that I love about Lizzy is the fact that she does fabulously in the car. She rides quietly and she will wait for you patiently when you leave to run errands (or the like). When left home alone, she does well in the crate, but she needs something to do while in there so she doesn’t get bored. When she has had a good run during the day, she is content to lounge on the dog bed and take a nap at the house.
With her breed mix, it is important to keep her stimulated, whether it be mentally or physically. Without stimulation, she will become bored and thus turn destructive. She is looking for someone who is willing to put the time and energy in to keep her physically fit, and work with her to overcome her shyness and insecurities. With a little bit of training, she would make a great working farm dog! On walks, Lizzy has not shown any interest in chasing kitties or other small critters, but she is requesting that her new home not have any, as the temptation might be a bit too much for her. She would also like to ask that her new home not have any small children, as they don’t know doggie boundaries very well yet. She may do well with an older child who can respect her space when she is feeling insecure.
It has been a joy to be the foster home for Lizzy, this wonderful girl is a beautiful diamond in the rough. With a little work she will shine!