Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Australian Shepherd / Retriever / Mixed (medium coat)
Weight: 37 lbs
Height: 18 in
Estimated Birthdate: 9/1/2016
Fence Needed: Yes
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: Gypsy was surrendered by her owners directly to rescue
Special Needs: Gypsy was spayed on 9/22/20 and is now ready for her forever home. GYPSY WILL NOT BE ADOPTED TO A FIRST TIME DOG OWNER.
What kind of home would be best for me: Gypsy needs an owner experienced with rescue dogs. She has never lived in a home and is just beginning to learn what human kindness means. Gypsy's entire life has been lived in a feral, outdoor colony. She has come a long way in a short time in rescue, but is very much a work in progress. She would be okay with other dogs in the home, but does not require them. Gypsy is not well suited to a home with younger children.
Gypsy's ideal owner has rescued dogs and has experience with dogs that are undersocialized and/or haven't had a lot of life experiences. They are committed to slowly and patiently teaching her how to be a dog.
What is my personality like: Gypsy has lived her entire life as part of a feral dog colony. She was loved and fed by her owners, but human interaction was not part of life. Gypsy was much loved as a young dog, perhaps even living inside the house; but then as more and more dogs came (some even her puppies), she and her fellow canines were thrown outside. Gypsy became the leader, not a role she wanted, but a role she was put into and needed to fill. It was up to her to keep the pack safe and it was a lot of pressure on her. There was never enough resources, never enough food, never enough water, never enough shelter. Gypsy had to make had choices and she had to keep 17 dogs from fighting. She had to grow up faster than any pup should have to.
Not that the pressure if off, Gypsy simply wants to be the best companion dog she can be. She shows you this by wanting to be with you. That life was had. Now that she no longer has to worry Gypsy can just relax. But she wants to follow. Gypsy knows and is comfortable living with other dogs. Gypsy has slowly begun to learn the routine of crating, feeding, humans, etc. since arriving in rescue on 8/31/20.
Gypsy's caregivers describe her as a sweet girl who will sit at your feet and does not want to be ignored. It is important to remember this is the perspective of individuals Gypsy has known and been building trust with for several months. She will do this with her new home - but it will take some time. Gypsy is an alpha dog. She will hump her friends / siblings / family from the feral colony to show her dominance. She does fine with other dogs, but does not need another dog in the home.
Leash walking is a skill that we have been slowly working on with Gypsy. She is timid on a leash, which is not surprising given that she's never been on one before. She has learned the routine of being crated, but does not like when other dogs walk by her crate and will bark and growl at them. In general, Gypsy does best being introduced to dogs in open spaces. If another dog is behind a fence, Gypsy will just bark at them. She didn't have a lot of boundaries in her feral colony days and we suspect that contributes to this behavior.
Gypsy is still very much a work in progress, but has come a long way and has a ton of potential.
How do I act when I first meet new people:
Tips and Tidbits: Gypsy's estimated birthday is 9/1/2016
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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