Vicki, Dog, Australian Shepherd / Mixed (medium coat)

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Species: 
Dog
Breed: 
Australian Shepherd / Mixed (medium coat)
Primary Breed: 
Australian Shepherd
Gender: 
Female
Mixed: 
Yes
Home with dogs: 
Yes
Home with cats: 
Yes
House Trained: 
Yes
Age: 
Adult
Special Needs: 
No
Spay/neutered: 
Yes
Size: 
Large
Vaccinations Up to Date: 
Yes
Coat Length: 
Medium
Found: 
No
Description: 
Little Vicki spent most of her six years living with her siblings and her elderly owner on an isolated farm with no contact with other people or animals. When her owner died, she found herself (along with her brothers and sisters) dumped in a very full shelter. A kind woman from another rescue, rescued the dogs and took them home with her. Vicki lived there for three months before coming to Furry Bottoms. Because Vicki was not socialized as a puppy and taught how to handle new and different situations, she is very fearful of new things. However, if given time to go at her own pace, she does adjust well. Vicki bonds very strongly to her caretakers. She is very loyal and sweet. She is fearful and shy at first, but once she gets used to a person, she loves attention and affection. She sticks very close in the yard, and walks at a 'heel' position on or off lead with little encouragement. Vicki does well with other calm, polite dogs. Dogs who are very active and fast-moving, or rude and pushy unsettle her, and she doesn't know how to react. She occasionally plays chase games, but dislikes rough and tumble wrestling games. She will try to break up two dogs who play this way, even if they're ignoring her. We're working on this, but she may just be happier living with a dog who matches her personality and energy level. Vicki is good with cats. She is very polite and doesn't try to chase or play with them. Because of Vicki's fearfulness, it is not recommended that she go to a home with young children. Vicki would do well in a quiet home with people willing to be patient and work with her to develop her confidence. Vicki is housebroken and crate-trained. She has also proven herself to be reliable outside of a crate at night and for short periods when left alone. Though she does form a strong attachment to her person, she hasn't shown any signs of separation anxiety in either of her foster homes. Vicki does not have a very high activity level. She is very calm and quiet in the house, usually picking a spot near her person to snooze. She would benefit from a few walks a day, as she needs to lose a significant amount of weight (her previous owner was overly generous with the food). Vicki is a very special girl, who desperately needs some stability and a 'forever' family to call her own. She'd love to go home and be snug and comfy before the snow flies. Visiting Our Dogs: We're sorry, but we don't have a facility that is open to the public. Our dogs are fostered by volunteers in private homes. If you're interested in meeting a dog, please fill out an Adoption Application in MS Word (.doc) format OR an Adoption Application in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format and send it to us. Once your application is approved and references are checked, we'll contact you about visiting a dog. Adoption Process: To find out how our adoption process works, visit the 'Adoptions' page on our website: www.furrybottomsrescue.org We do not operate a humane society or shelter, so we do not have a facility that is open to the public. Our dogs are fostered by volunteers in private homes, and are not available for viewing until an adoption application is filled out and APPROVED and references are checked. PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION ON OUR HOME PAGE ABOUT ADOPTION PROCEDURES www.furrybottomsrescue.org or you can go towww.furrybottomsrescue.petfinder.com