I am already spayed, purebred, up to date with shots, and good with dogs.
This sweet little girl is Amelia. She is a 10 month old female Yorkshire Terrier. She has come a long way from when we first saw her huddled in the back of the shelter crate—terrified, matted, dirty, covered in urine, and infested with more fleas than we have ever seen on an animal. She had so many fleas she was suffering from hair loss from where she was scratching trying to get some relief. I am not sure what her story was; but it was sad to see her scared and in such bad shape.
Yorkies are terriers—they are a playful, independent, loving, spunky breed-normally full of self-confidence and game for anything. She was not displaying the traits you would expect to see in a Yorkie. We will probably never know what she went through to make her so shy. We could tell she wanted to come over for attention, but was just too afraid. After a couple of special dog treats, she would inch over to the front of the cage, grab the treat and then retreat to the safety of the rear of the cage. The next day she gradually came to the front of the cage, and she actually wagged her tail a couple times at a few kind words.
Once we rescued her the transformation began. Yorkies are resilient dogs. She is quickly regaining her confidence. Amelia has gotten her first set of shots. We have gotten rid of her fleas, given her a bath, cut out her mats, clipped her toenails. Although we had to cut her hair and she doesn’t have the long coat Yorkies are known for, she is starting to look more like a Yorkie. Yorkies are born black and will usually turn to a silver color as they reach maturity. You can see where her hair is starting to turn the beautiful silver color that you expect to see on Yorkies.
Amelia gets along fine with other dogs. She apparently didn’t know what a toy was. When I gave her a squeaky toy she sniffed at it and then ignored it. When it squeeked her ears perked up-but she didn’t seem to know what it came from. Her new pack (my two yorkies and a sheltie) showed her how to play with the toy and make it squeak and she began to have fun. She can make the toy squeak on her own and loves to tug with the other dogs. She is a very loving dog and will follow me around the house.
Amelia obviously hasn’t had much training in her previous life. It wouldn’t surprise me to find that she had lived her life in a crate. At first she didn’t seem to know what grass was—but she is learning. She has quickly learned that she will be taken outside regularly and has not been having “accidents” in her crate. She will “go” outside—but she has not yet learned how to ask to go outside. She gets along with other dogs. Her new “pack” is helping her learn how to play outdoors, although she still tends to stay really close to me. Amelia thrives on attention—being held and having her ears scratched are among her favorite activities. She is getting braver. She will now go up to meet new people to get belly rubs and ear scratches. She loves her chew toys.
Amelia is now ready to be adopted to a loving forever home. Her transformation is amazing. She is full of confidence and rules my “pack”. She loves to play and will take toys away from the older, bigger dogs. She follows me around the house, and is usually by my side. As I am typing this update, Amelia is shaking her stuffed weasel toy on the sofa next to me.
Amelia is continuing her housetraining. She has learned that she gets to go outside first thing in the morning before I do anything else, that she goes outside again as soon as I get home. Having a strict schedule has helped in her crate training. She has made a good start toward her housetraining. Sometimes she even goes up to the back door when she needs to go out.
If you have a loving forever home and are looking for a loving companion, Amelia may be the dog for you. Because of her size, no children under 6 please.