Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Pit Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat)
Weight: 37 lbs
Height: 21 in
Estimated Birthdate: 3/29/2013
Fence Needed: yes
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: Monroe NC shelter, stray
Special Needs: This dog is lightly heartworm positive (HW+). She will be sent home with a year supply of heartworm medication. She is being treated with a method called the slow kill treatment. She takes a monthly Ivermectin based heartworm preventative and needs to be re-tested for heartworms every 6 months. Once she tests negative, then she can take any kind of heartworm preventative; she is not restricted to Ivermectin based only.
What kind of home would be best for me: Nadine needs a home with compassionate owners who can understand the trauma she has endured, and will be patient with her as she heals and learns to love again. We are seeking a home with an experienced dog owner and someone who is home more than they're away.
What is my personality like: Nadine is a sweet and shy soul. She seems very leery of men, and slightly leery of women. She was obviously maltreated before finding us, and that has affected her ability to trust. She does everything in her power to stay very far from strangers in her area. She doesn't bite, but will scamper away or cowers and rolls over on her back. Her eyes cry "love me", but her body language screams "please don't hurt me again". She will warm up to people, but it is a very slow process for men. Women seem to have an easier time getting her to trust them. With the caregivers she knows, she greats them with a wagging tail and even does a little "happy dance". It takes time for her to trust, but it is worth it. Nadine has tons of potential for the right person willing to give her a chance. She will need a lot of training on a leash, as she does not cooperate on one, and stairs are totally foreign to her. She had to be carried up them like a baby.
She seems to have zero prey drive, and she won't play with toys. In time, she may start to play with toys, but that won't happen until she feels safe and loved in her own environment. She will eventually eat treats, but not from your hand or while you look at her at first. Our caregivers have earned her trust and now she takes them gently from their hands. She does seem to really enjoy when you baby talk to her, and she LOVES to rub her belly on the grass. When a dog violates her comfort zone, she will growl to let them know. Once she gets comfortable with you, she will rest her snout in your hands to let you love on her.
How do I act when I first meet new people: Very shy, avoids eye contact and stays as far from them as possible, but will eventually warm up a little. Treats won't help, only time and a loving, patient owner.
Tips and Tidbits: She had a hard life before coming here, and it shows. She will take a long time to trust again, but it will be totally worth it, she has so much love to give!
House trained: Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained. A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.
Please note - we do not ship or transport our dogs. If you are interested in adopting a dog, take a look at the distance between the dog's location and your location and make sure you are able to make the trip.
Thank you for your interest in a dog who needs a new home. This description contains all that we currently know about this dog. We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone. We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture. When screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home. You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, age, temperament, personality, etc. Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home. We want to create furever families.
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