Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Australian Shepherd / Labrador Retriever / Mixed (medium coat)
Weight: 41 lbs
Height: 20 in
Estimated Birthdate: 2/25/2014
Fence Needed: Yes
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Adoption Fee:$1 I am special
Reason for being in rescue: Jolly was found as a stray and landed at a local shelter - she had been left in a crate on the side of the road. Carolina Poodle Rescue pulled her from the shelter.
Special Needs: Jolly is spayed, up to date on vaccines, and heartworm negative. Jolly was diagnosed with chronic allergies on 6/6/21. She takes cyclosporin 100 mg 3 days per week. At 1800petmeds it is approximately $4.90 per pill - so her medications cost about $15 per week. She is very good at knowing you've got pillls and will take them in American cheese - as long as it is wrapped up good! She does best with regular (est every 10 to 14 days) ChlorhexiDerm 4% Shampoo baths to help her skin. A 12 oz bottle of this shampoo is $16.25. She is on a grain free diet and does well with that.
What kind of home would be best for me: Jolly is a very special girl and is not for a first time dog owner or even one who has had just one easy dog. Jolly needs a dedicated, experienced rescuer who will understand that her behavior could be from bad experiences, it could be from bad genetics or both. Whatever has created the fear in her, we want to offer her a home that will understand it, work with it and help her become the best she can be. A fenced in yard is absolutely essential. Jolly must have canine friends. No children under 18 years old. Adult only home.
All of that sounds bad. But Jolly has never actually put teeth or bitten any human or dog here. She acts like she will and we respect that her aggressive stance when she feels food or her private space is being invaded must be respected. But has never bitten. Then again, we don't take food away from her either! She is always worried that you will do that. So don't.
What is my personality like: Jolly is definitely a special case. She has a lot of quirks about her but that makes earning her trust even more special. She is highly food and crate aggressive especially with a new person. With someone she knows and trusts, that goes away. Here Jolly lives in a run, 6' x 4'. In a home, our suggestion is her own room with a baby gate instead of a door. The small space of a crate stresses her out way too much.
When giving her food, a new caregiver becomes successful in feeding Jolly by making her stand between the gate to her run and the wall because for the first few weeks. At first, she will lunge at you. With time and trust she will learn that you are giving her food and will not withhold it. Then her lunging will just turn into growls but with a simple “jolly calm down , it’s okay” her growl will stop while you put the bowl down. Once her bowl is empty and she is away from it she has no issue and you can easily pick it up with no fear. Her decompression time period is longer than most dogs. She will need at least at least two months to really learn to trust you. For treats - for the first few weeks either ask her to do a cue she knows (sit, lay down, bang (will roll over and play dead) and paw) and hand her a treat WITH THE TREAT ON YOUR PALM, NEVER WITH FINGERS EXTENDED. Or in the first week, simply toss them to her and walk away for her to enjoy without your presence. she will come around, she just needs time. With her primary caregiver, we have gotten to where she will even enjoy a slice of cheese from my hand instead of off the floor. She’s very clean in her run but she does not always like spending much time outside. When outside, she prefers to be in the company of other dogs or you. She does not like being outside by herself.
She will go out to use the bathroom and be back at the door as soon as she is finished. She likes to lay on the couch beside you but is very nervous to do so at first. Everything will need to be on her own terms.
How do I act when I first meet new people? Nervous and uncertain. Will you hurt me: If she is outside of her space, she warms up.
Tips and Tidbits: Jolly's estimated birthday is 2/25/2014. Underneath all these quirks jolly has she is such a smart and loving girl. She loves neck scratches and to just be around you. She’s super smart and knows sit , paw , lay down and even play dead (but her cue is “bang , bang”). Jolly would love a home and it will take a super special home for this super special girl but she is so worth it
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.
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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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