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Paws & Claws

Facts about me

Breed
Catahoula Leopard Dog/Labrador Retriever
Color
Merle
Age
6 years 4 months old, Adult
Size
(When grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Weight
(Current) 52 lbs
Sex
Female
Pet ID

My info

Small blue checkmark Good with kids
Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered

My story

Cookie was brought to us with 2 small female dachshunds (both adopted). Cookie is believed to be approx 5 years old and a catahoula/lab mix weighing in at 52.2 pounds as of 5/18/21, when she saw the vet and received a clean bill of health and was updated on her yearly vetting. Cookie was originally adopted from a kill shelter by her former owner. She had to give her and the other dogs up because they moved and were only allowed to keep 2 of their pets so they had to make the hard decision of choosing between them. All of the dogs were super scared initially coming into rescue and basically freaked out. (It was a good thing that Cookie was not relinquished back to the shelter as she may have been put down because of her initial behavior).. The dachshunds settled in after about a week but Cookie had jerked the leash out of my husband's hands from fighting so hard to get away that first night and ran around our yard for 2 weeks, not letting us get close enough to catch her.She was THAT scared! Poor Cookie FINALLY started getting closer and closer as she saw that we were safe and that the other dogs trusted us so she decided to give us a chance. I went outside and left my house door open. Cookie came close to me but still hung just out of reach. She then did something I had hoped for..she went inside. My husband closed that door and we had her! Th transformation was instantaneous. Within minutes, she wanted our attention, bu that night, she was coming to us on her own, within a day,we couldn't leave her sight. Now, she looks for us and follows us everywhere. She can go outside off leash without fear of her not coming back in because now she WANTS to be in WITH us! This girl has been thru so much. We were told that her former owner suspected she had been abused prior to her adopting her from the shelter and she certainly behaved like she had a mistrust for people,initially. However, once this girl trusts you, you have a friend for life! She adores children and is great with other dogs..large and small. She has done fantastic in the house with the exception of getting on our table when we leave. Its only when we leave though so I think she is looking for us. She may have a touch of separation anxiety so a home where someone is home most of the time or where she can go with you would be her ideal. She isn't extractive if left alone though and probably if our table wasn't by the window, she wouldn't try to look for us but this girl is smart! She is also quite well behaved. She walks on a leash (we learned that a harness is best for her,especially initially).I really only have great things to say about this girl. If you can get over that initial hurdle of building that bond of trust, you will have a loyal friend for life! She also is a good watchdog and will bark to announce visitors so great dog for a single person or someone who may not feel secure at home.We greatly advise getting her out and about to get her comfortable in new situations and with new people. Its always beneficial to them not to feel stressed in unfamiliar places and with unfamiliar faces. All in all, a great dog who just needs understanding and some space and patience initially. Love and understanding will win this girl over everytime! If interested in giving Cookie her forever home, please submit your interest and your adoption application via email or text ONLY to 352-215-3260 (phone calls will not be answered or returned from this number). Cookie's adoption fee will be $175 to help cover the cost of her vetting and daily care while with us.

Rescue

Paws & Claws

Contact info
Pet ID
Contact
Rebecca Kish
Website
Address
Chiefland, FL 32626
Donation

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

We require an adoption application to be filled out and approved prior to any adoption. Our adoption fee for our dogs is $150.00 and up and for most of our cats is $75.00. If for any reason a pet that you adopt can not remain with you, we require that the pet be returned to Paws & Claws to be rehomed.We do NOT give refunds for any reason so please consider adoption carefully before you take a pet home. We also ONLY accept CASH as payment for our adoption fees.Our main requirement to adopt is LOVE! If you can offer love to a needy pet, please consider adoption. Your reward will be a devoted friend for life.

Go meet their pets

We operate from our home so our pets can be seen by appointment only. Please call or e-mail(prefer) to schedule a time to visit.

More about this rescue

We are a small rescue started in September 2004. To date, we have adopted out over 600 dogs and cats who may not have had a second chance. We rescue the majority of our pets from kill shelters and have them thoroughly vetted prior to going to their new homes. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm checked(dogs) and dewormed. We also microchip our dogs so that they can always find their way home. Big and small, we work to rehome them all. We are always in need of donations so if you can help us to help our pets, please contact us! The more people who get involved, the more pets that we can save! You can also see our pets and/or fill out our adoption application on www.petfinder.com. We look forward to hearing from you and making that "forever match"!