Penny is a sweet, snuggly, and loving 17-pound female terrier mix. The vet estimates her to be just under or over a year old. She was rescued in Mexico by a caring person who found her living on the streets; scared and malnourished. But wow, have things have changed for this lucky girl! So here’s an update about what we know about this lovely pooch who is learning the ropes in her new world.
Penny is currently being fostered by her rescuer with an older small dog that she gets along very well with. She is great with dogs and would do best around another puppy or playful adult dog. She has typical puppy energy, but is also content to chill during downtime. And what a quick learner Penny is! She already knows commands like No, Outside, Bed, Sit, Snack, and Water. We think she learned so quickly because she is treat-motivated thus training with treats will likely continue to be successful. Penny is also learning that humans can be nice and even trusted - she loves attention and adores gentle care from children as well.
While Penny is crate trained, her foster mom keeps the door open since she trusts her outside the crate. She learned very quickly from the resident dog that she should only go potty outside (she gets out every 3-5 hours in her current foster situation). Penny signals her needs sometimes with a soft whine when she is hungry, thirsty, or has to go outside. Given Penny's background, you would think she wouldn't be so good on leashed walks, but actually she IS pretty good. Yes, there's a little room for improvement - something easily remedied by the training that her new peeps will certainly be learning as well.
So, what would a good home for Penny look like? We think she’ll do best in a home with another easy-going, playful dog, or playdates with dog friends so she gets exercise and socialization (a fenced yard is a plus!). Understanding that she's adjusting to a very different life here, she should be adopted by a patient, dog-savvy family, couple or person who can provide supervision and will enroll her in obedience or training classes. Children who know how to be gentle would be excellent. We also feel she shouldn’t be left alone for long hours since she is still young and learning. Penny will be an utterly “Pawsome” companion to a well-suited adopter. Lucky pooch, lucky adopter, WIN WIN!
Penny’s adoption fee of $395 includes: vet exam, rabies vaccination, distemper combo vaccination, bordetella vaccination, heartworm test (neg)., heartworm prevention, routine deworming, microchip and spay.