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Sonny Specklefoot

Last updated on May 5, 2022

History

Sonny was one of three dogs taken in by Piney Mountain Foster in an emergency situation to keep them from being shot by a “neighbor” whose rabbits were killed and he accused these three. Sonny and his litter mate, Cher, behaved in a bonded manner with Cher taking the dominant roll and Sonny the recessive. He was very shy and reclusive until Cher moved on. He has since blossomed with a personality of his own.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Feb 18, 2022
  • Breed: Hound/Labrador
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth
  • Birthdate: @ April 2021
  • Weight: 49 pounds
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Shy but sweet. Food-centric.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Adoption Information

Start by submitting a completed Adoption Application (Now an on-line, mobile friendly form).

  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.
  • If local (within @50 miles), schedule a meet-n-greet after your application has been processed. If you have another dog, bring it. A home inspection and interview will be done after a successful meet-n-greet.
  • If not local, adopter needs to contact a reputable rescue in THEIR area and request that rescue pull the dog from us after performing a home inspection and investigation of their own. You will then adopt the dog from them.
  • Local adoption fee is $200.00  This includes neuter surgery, vaccination against Parvovirus, Distemper, Adenovirus, Rabies, and Bordatella and a thorough de-worming. This dog has been microchipped and will be registered in the adopters name. Any health issues we found were addressed and are described below.

Progress Summary

Detailed notes may be available below photo gallery.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: No – will steal food from other dog.
  • Preferred style of play: Loves to run/chase/bump, but will also engage in gentle mouth wrestling with a friend.
  • Is affectionate: Yes in a shy way.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Not so far
  • Mouths: No, unless you have food/treat in your hand.
  • Walks well on a leash: Not great, but doing better.

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Not yet
  • Down / Off: Not yet
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes, with a bribe/treat

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Yes. He LOVES his crate and blanket.
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes unless you’re fixing food.
  • Understands going outside to potty: Keeps his crate clean, not yet reliable while loose indoors.
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: No
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: Yes. He’ll be on top of your fridge if there’s food up there!
  • Stays off people furniture: Undetermined, don’t have furniture in The Guest Cottage yet.

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Zane Goodfellow

Last Updated: March, 11, 2022

History

Zane was one of three dogs dumped on Piney Mountain Rd and accused of killing a residents rabbits. Reaction included gunfire. To keep them safe, PMFC built an emergency shelter and took them in. Zane’s companions were a pair of 9 month hound pups: friends but clearly not relatives.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Feb 18, 2022
  • Breed: Siberian Husky
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Adult (currently 4-5 years)
  • Birthdate: 2017
  • Weight: 48 pounds on Feb 14 (should be 70)
    ……….. 52 pounds March 1
    ………… 57 pounds March 11
  • Spayed/Neutered: Not Yet
  • General Health: Poor: arrived emaciated. Has tested positive for heartworms.
  • Temperament: Very mild and cooperative for a Husky
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, responds stoically to antagonistic kenneled dogs.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Undetermined
  • Preferred style of play: Undetermined
  • Is affectionate: Yes, mostly aloof but does enjoy petting and treats.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Unknown, but probably.
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

Commands

  • Comes when called: Sometimes – depends on if he’s busy.
  • Sits on command: Not yet
  • Down / Off: N/A
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Observations

Zane tolerates The Children’s rambunctious behavior but does not enjoy it. Sometimes the gently mouth-wrestle, he likes that. He does not like being dirty, and seems to want to be indoors. He may have been a house dog.


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Ariel

Born through a disreputable breeding practice, this Double Merle Aussie girl has had a rough time in her short life so far.

Last Updated: March, 27, 2022

History

One of three puppies born from the breeding of two Merle Australian Shepherds, all three had issues with hearing and eyesight. The breeder surrendered the pups to a local rescue. Sevier County Humane Society pulled the pups from the rescue and reached out to Piney Mountain Foster for help with the two who were deaf. We contacted A Pathway to Hope in New Jersey, and they agreed to take them. The third pup, Ariel, was adopted out. She was returned several months later with a lame excuse as the reason. It is clear the adopter did not train the dog and when the cute, bouncy, nibbling ball of fluff got to be 35 pounds she was no longer “adorable”. We see this all the time. She was abandoned because she did not train herself.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: March 3, 2022
  • Breed: Australian Shepherd
  • Sex: F
  • Age: Youth
  • Birth date: July 19, 2021
  • Weight: 37.4 pounds on March 3, 2022
    ………..
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Rowdy, playful, affectionate.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes. Tries to make friends with everyone
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Tends to invade other dogs bowl.
  • Preferred style of play: Running and rowdy play.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes, though too rowdy right now for young children.
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Yes
  • Mouths: Doing better
  • Walks well on a leash: Doing better

Commands

  • Comes when called: She’s hard of hearing, don’t think she can hear me.
  • Sits on command: Yes (use hand signal)
  • Down / Off: Not yet
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes, use hand signal, expects a treat.

Diet

4Health Puppy kibble mixed with one Pedigree Pouch, fed morning and evening.
She gets a variety of treats through the day as rewards for obedience.

Observations

Hearing

Ariel is not completely deaf, she responds to barking dogs and closing the front door hard it will wake her from a sleep. The floor is concrete, I don’t think she’s feeling vibrations. But she does not seem to be able to hear me speaking or calling her. Maybe she chooses not to hear, it’s hard to say.

Vision

Ariel navigates the Cottage and the play yard just fine. The way she throws her forelegs out in front of her when she runs makes me think she is visually impaired – especially in the left eye. She may lack depth perception, but can see well enough to get along. Both pupils are irregular. Vision may be distorted.

General

Ariel is smart and she does train. But one must find a way to communicate to her what you want her to do — and to get past the flighty, rowdiness that she still engages in since she still thinks she’s a little puppy.

She approaches all of my dogs with a submissive, almost pleading attitude, “Please be my friend”, even the dogs, sometimes especially the dogs, who are yelling at her that she doesn’t belong here. I have not seen her respond in aggression to any other dog. She has found a good friend in Zoey (female Husky) and they play well together.

When I get a second handler out here I will test her with other dogs in open play. Many times a dog in a kennel will harass a roaming dog when they will not behave that way if both are free or the roles are reversed.

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Zoey Zoomheart

Found running loose and picked up by a good Samaritan, Zoey is starting life over.

Last Updated: May 1, 2022

Zoey the Magnificent!

History

Zoey was found running loose along with a 13 week puppy. May be her puppy, we don’t know. Both are Husky. A kind lady picked them up and took them to City of Newport Animal Control to check for microchip and publish Found Dog notices. No chip. No one claimed them. So they both came to Piney Mountain Foster Care for fostering while awaiting transport to A Pathway to Hope rescue in New Jersey.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Feb 7, 2022
  • Breed: Husky
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Adult
  • Birthdate: Undetermined
  • Weight: 54.5 pounds on Feb 7
    ……….. 51.2 Lbs on Mar 1 (Not eating kibble well, adding canned food)
    ………… 55.6 lbs on Apr 27
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: On the calm, quiet side for a Husky.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, most dogs.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Undetermined
  • Preferred style of play: Running. She LOVES to run/race/bump with another dog.
  • Is affectionate: Yes, aloof but likes petting
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: N/A
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Adoption Information

Zoey is promised to A Pathway to Hope in Hawthorne NJ. Please contact them regarding adoption. We are happy to answer questions about Zoey’s health and history, since we know her best.


Zoey has decided to turn the tables. Instead of thinking of her cone as cruel punishment, it’s a fashion accessory: an exclusive item, since only she has one.

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King Arthur

This fine, well-behaved regent is seeking a new court.

Last updated March 17, 2022

History

City of Newport Animal Control got a call about a dog hit by a car and went and picked him up. Arthur’s leg was a little sore at first but no serious injury. He resided there for a few months before being adopted. But his new mom brought him back a few days later. She said he was too big for her — meaning he pulled too hard and she didn’t know how to correct that.

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Dec. 14, 2021
  • Breed: Black & Tan Hound
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Adult: approx 3 years
  • Birthdate: Unknown
  • Weight: 51.6 pounds on Dec 14
    ……….. 47.6 pounds Jan 19 (different scale)
    ………… 44.6 pounds Feb 21 (increasing food)
    ………… 47.0 pounds Mar 11
  • Neutered: Yes, Jan. 19, 2022
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Affectionate and gentle. Some separation anxiety.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: March 18, 2022

Adoption Information


Progress Summary

Detailed notes are below the summary

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Seems okay with it.
  • Preferred style of play: Likes racing and gentle wrestling with another dog. No interest in toys yet.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Yes
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash? Vastly improved! Just needs to be kept in practice.

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: N/A
  • Shake / Paw: Almost there
  • Kennels on command: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Not yet
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No, gets vocal but not destructive
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes. he is well housebroken.
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Gets really loud if crated and needs to potty.
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: If he gets bored while kenneled.
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: Yes, he is shameless!
  • Stays off people furniture: His foster allows this.

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Arthur decided to get up a Glee Club or Choir to keep everyone entertained.

Dec 14, 2021

Arthur spent the day here at Piney Mountain while waiting for his foster mom to get off work. He was kept crated inside and given potty and play time in our big yard every two hours. He is not fond of being crated but did not tear up his crate nor the blanket. He would get vocal (howling) if he thought I was near enough to hear. Other times he sat calmly and quietly in his crate and waited. (I have ways of knowing these things).

Dec 15. 2021

Foster mom, Stacey reported that Arthur’s meet-n-greet with her other dogs went well, he ignored her cats completely, is not sure how it’s going to go with her chickens, and he is absolutely dismayed by the Guineas dive bombing him from the roof top. He did well that night.

Dec 17, 2021

We have separation anxiety with destructive behavior. Hopefully it’s a temporary behavior. He digs under fences too and can escape. Foster dad is installing deterrents. He finally started eating today.


Dec 19, 2021

Foster mom reports that at 3:00 AM the house dogs went nuts: something was in the yard attacking their chickens. They let the pack out to drive it away. Arthur returned with a mostly dead chicken in his mouth, dropped it at her feet and trotted away. Foster dad dispatched the chicken. Arthur, the ever helpful!


Dec 25, 2021

King Arthur went on a quest.

Arthur has been problematic in that he finds and exploits the weaknesses in his foster family’s fencing. He is quite inventive and can squeeze through a hole smaller than one would imagine. Dennis has been working at plugging each newly discovered weakness and Arthur had not run off, just explored a little beyond the fence until he was noticed and retrieved. Until last Wednesday.

Arthur dug under a fence and ran off. Dennis called me. Arthur was wearing his collar with our phone number embroidered into it. There are vicious dogs in the area. And coyotes. And the occasional bear. We were both deeply concerned. Searching for him was really not an option because the terrain is rugged, mountain forest.

Shortly afterward, a fellow called me asking if I’d lost a dog. I got his info: he had not gone far. Dennis went and got him. Dennis was working from home that day, so he kept him in the house (except for leash walking potty runs) the rest of that day, then brought him back here Thursday morning.

Blade has become pretty much a house dog, so his apartment in the Guest Cottage could be made available, we put Arthur in there. He was okay with that until after dinner and the associated potty run in the yard. Then I was walking him back to his apartment and he became agitated, wanting to head up the chute to the back door of our house, “No, no, you don’t understand: I NEED to go in the house. I need to lay on the sofa. I need to snuggle a cat! It’s bedtime!”

“I’m sorry bud. You HAD that cush gig, but you insisted on running off. That is really dangerous. So now you’re back here. But I’ll do what I can to make you comfy.”

I put a big cushy blanket on his bed and gave him a cat sized stuffed toy to cuddle with. Then I closed up his bedroom door to keep the cold out and bid him good night. It’s not what he wants, but it will do. To date he has not torn up the blankets or the stuffed toy.

Arthur is an exceptionally sweet, attentive boy and will make someone a great companion. He just needs to be supervised in a fenced yard. Someone who is home most of the time would be ideal.

NOTE added March 11

Arthur has been in residence here at Piney Mountain for a month and a half and has not once tried to dig out or climb over our fencing. He is now routinely allowed to run unsupervised in the play yard while I am cleaning the Guest Cottage. Sometimes he plays with another dog, sometimes he’s solo, but he’s fine either way. When it’s chilly I put a blanket on his bed at night, he likes that. But I pick it up in the morning or it becomes a plaything and gets torn up.

Jan 21, 2022

Arthur went in for neutering on the 19th and has been recuperating.

He came home about dinner time, so I fed him and let him eat what he would. Most dogs don’t eat much right after surgery despite being starved that day. Arthur ate about half his portion, then finished it off overnight.

He wasn’t trying to lick his incision, so I delayed coning him until bedtime, checking on him often. It’s possible he would have left it alone and I’m torturing him unnecessarily. But it’s also possible he’d get bored, start licking and open the thing up. That would be bad. He didn’t go crazy or anything, but the look he gives me is heartbreaking, “What did I do? I try to be a good boy. Why do this to me?” I must be strong. For his sake, I must be strong. Even if it feels like I’m being heartless.

By the following day, Arthur had learned to take the cone in stride. He even seemed to appreciate the fact that it kept his head dry in the rain. He doesn’t hold it against me anymore and is eating well and behaving like the champ he is.

Going to and from the vet, Arthur rode in the cab of the truck with me. He loaded up well. He rode well and was watching everything whizzing past. No car sickness. He stood between the seats, draped over the console, would have been on the front seat except I had him restrained with a safety strap. He sometimes rested his chin in the crook of my elbow. So Sweet! Next time he can ride up front.


January 28

Arthur has healed up nicely from his neuter surgery and is playing with the other dogs again. He shows very little interest in escaping the play yard now and does not generally get vocal when kenneled (separation anxiety). He will let me know if he needs out to potty. But as long as I keep to the usual schedule, he can and will wait for the next potty run.


March 14

Arthur has become really good with the recall command. and is a super good boy in his kennel. He always keeps it neat and tidy — unless I’m away from here too long, and he just can’t hold his urine any longer. That my fault not his. Arthur does not like Zane, but gets along well with all the other dogs. He is annoyed by Ariel (energetic puppy) an her insistence that he play with her. Sometimes he does, other times he just wants to be left alone to do what he’s doing. Other times he comes back to me and says, “PLEASE put me back in my room so I can get away from this WILD CHILD.”


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Front Wall Done – almost

Construction on the front wall part of this project is done. I still need to prime the bare wood and install trim, but the hard work is finally done.

Now lets look at what’s going on inside.

There is a lot of work to do inside. But now it can be done in relative comfort, and our residents can stay warm and snug at night. that will be done easier once we get the insulation installed. That, and redoing the electrical wiring, are next.

Gabriel

Gabriel

History

Surrendered to a shelter by a breeder because he did not meet their standards.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Oct 18, 2021
  • Breed: Double Merle Australian Shepherd
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy
  • Birthdate: @ July 22, 2021
  • Weight: 13 pounds on Oct 18
    ……….. 13.2 Lbs Nov. 2
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Playful, inquisitive. Learning to be affectionate.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: Nov. 4, 2021 heading for A Pathway to Hope. They will handle his adoption.

Gallery

Gabriel in his play pen out front of the kennel building while I clean inside. I can see him, he can see me. Please excuse the background: that’s behind my workshop where I store kennel parts and all manner of building supplies.

Progress Updates

Oct. 19, 2021

Gabriel has settled into his room and is a playful, inquisitive boy. Clearly he is not blind, as was suspected. I don’t think he’s deaf either, for he responds to sounds when I’m behind him. His left eye appears to be “lazy” (doesn’t track with his right eye). He has an occasional cough. We’ll see what the vet has to say about that tomorrow.

Oct. 20

Gabriel spent the day at the vet today for evaluation. Totally deaf. He has good vision in at least one eye. No issues with his lungs, Dr. thinks the occasional “cough” is more of a reflux/regurgitation. He only did it once during the day he spent there, so it’s hard to say for sure. Dr. Sandra did a chest x-ray just to make sure there were no issues with his lungs. They were clear. He does have Coccidia, I start him on a 6 day course of Albon tomorrow. We’ll re-test afterward. Gabriel was declared a “Total Snuggle-bug” and the staff had to take turns cuddling with him.

Oct. 30

Gabriel is doing well. he has completed his course of Albon and his poops have become normal. He will be retested next Tuesday to be sure he’s clear of the Coccidia and to get his Health Certification so he may travel interstate on November 4th.

Gabriel’s intake was an emergency situation. He needed a place to go. A Pathway to Hope would take him, but needed a local foster to care for him until transport. He’s just a little feller, so we agreed to keep him in our mega-crate in the kennel building. He has a play pen in the yard where I can take him for fresh air, sunshine, and safe interaction with other dogs. That has been a good solution for him. But now that the weather is getting chilly – and it’s been raining – spending the night in the kennel building is not the best solution for him So we brought him in the house last night, now that there should be no chance he’d infect the house dogs with Coccidia.

Gabriel slept through the night despite the fact that I was up several times during the night walking past his crate each time. He would lift his head to watch me, but as I slid back into bed he went back to sleep too.

In the morning I took him outside to pee. He did. Wasn’t ready to do anything else yet, so we went back inside and I moved his crate to the den where I would be trying to study. After a little fussing, Gabe settled in to play with the toys in his crate, then took a nap.

He did poop in his crate. I smelled it and took it out before he stomped in it. All in all, he did really well for his first night.

Nov 3

Gabriel is doing well at learning to be a house dog. He is pretty well crate trained already. He sleeps through the night every night, waiting until I get up around 4:30 to go outside to relieve himself. He gets several free-play sessions a day where he can run at large. That’s in the house or outside if he chooses. Whatever he wants to do. He loves to explore, but always keeps an eye on me. As long as he can see me he will wander around, greet all the other dogs, sniff out treasures, and just get to know the area. If I move, — ZIP — he’s right beside me!

When he goes back to his crate, he is good most of the time. He gets boisterous when I’m dishing up the dog food and if I’m in the room and he wants to play. If I leave the room, he quiets down and plays or sleeps.

Nov 5

Gabriel has arrived safely in New Jersey and has THREE handsome young fellows to accompany him to his new foster home.

Happy Tails to you sweet Gabriel!

Peppa

Peppa had the misfortune to be born deaf, thus difficult to adopt despite being adorable.

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2021

History

Peppa is one of three 12 week old puppies that were owner surrendered as unwanted and ended up at the Sevier County Humane Society. They are all adorable and her brother and sister were quickly adopted. But not Peppa, because she was born deaf and needs a home that will work with her and her special needs. SCHS reached out to Piney Mountain Foster, to get this girl out of the shelter environment. We agreed. We then reached out to A Pathway To Hope in New Jersey who found a suitable foster home and agreed to take this sweet girl once she is healed up from her spay surgery enough to travel. They will work with her to get her ready to be adopted into a loving home.

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Oct. 11, 2021
  • Breed: Australian Shepherd
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 12 weeks
  • Birthdate: July 19, 2021
  • Weight: 10.0 pounds on Oct 11
    ………..
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes, Oct 11, 2021
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Playful, affectionate
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes: Passed
  • Departure date: October 14, 2021

Adoption Information

Adopted

Progress Summary

Detailed notes are below the summary

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Undetermined
  • Preferred style of play: Undetermined
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Probably
  • Jumps up on people: Yes she’s a puppy in need of training.
  • Mouths: Yes she’s a puppy in need of training.
  • Walks well on a leash: No

Gallery

Progress Updates

Oct 14

Dec 25

Peppa is in a forever family and has grown into such a beauty. Her Mom sent this photo of Peppa (now Zuzu) and her fur-sister. What a wonderful Christmas present!

Elsa

Clearly, Elsa was once a well behaved family pet. But something happened that caused her to be terrified of people.

Last Updated Oct 4, 2021

History

Elsa was picked up as a stray in a suburb of Knoxville TN. Elsa was transferred to C.A.R.E. in Jefferson City and Sigrid became Elsa’s sponsor. At this point, Elsa was described as terrified of people. She would back into a corner and try to melt into the floor if anyone approached her. She would not walk on a lead. If picked up she would void her bladder and bowels all over the person. But she tugged at Sigrid’s heart and Sigrid determined to save her.

Elsa was spayed on September 13, then transferred to Piney Mountain Foster Care for psych rehab. All of us expected it to be a long process.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Sept 13, 2021
  • Breed: Schnauzer mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Adult
  • Birthdate: Unknown
  • Weight: @ 35 pounds Sept 13
    ……….….. 48.2 pounds Oct 5
  • Spayed: Yes.
  • General Health: Excellent – a little skinny
  • Temperament: Timid, sweet, happy
  • SAFER Test performed: No – too scared at admittance
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, she loves other dogs
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: She likes to run and will tussle a little but is not fond of rough play.
  • Is affectionate: Wants to be – is timid
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Probably
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Does very well in known areas, balky when going someplace new,

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her crate: Yes, with bribe
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes, except if she needs to potty: whines.
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes – goes to door or whines and looks toward the doorway.
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: Yes – must keep an eye on her
  • Stays off people furniture: Yes

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Progress Updates

Monday Sept 13

Marie and I went to Jefferson City to meet Sigrid as the van returned with dogs and cats who’d been “fixed” that day. Elsa was still little bit loopy but the shelter staff managed to move her from their transport crate into mine and we loaded her into our truck. She traveled well.

At Piney Mountain, we moved her transport box inside the kennel building before opening it. I needed to remove the toggles and take the top of the transport box off to get Elsa out of it. She is very scared, but makes no attempt to bite as I handle her.

I gave her a bowl of kibble for dinner, but she didn’t eat it. Then I put a harness on her, to avoid injuring her neck, and attached leash. Getting her into the play yard to potty was a matter of interlacing my fingers under her chest, one leg on either side of her, and trundling her along with her front legs just off the ground and her hind legs digging in to resist. Once in the play yard I released her and sat down (to be less intimidating).

She did not potty – but because of the surgery she had not eaten or drunk anything all day, so that wasn’t surprising. I offered her treats to allow me to approach her, then try to get her to approach me. That worked well. Then I trundled her back into her box, removed her harness, and got her settled for the night.

Tuesday, Sept 14

Elsa seemed to have had a good night. She kept her room clean. She has not eaten yet (I left a dish of her kibble in with her overnight) but she did eat a beef stick and several of our peanut butter cookies as well as a few Bil-Jac treats before she went to bed, so she’s not starving.

Busy day today. I had a delivery to make and errands to run in the early morning, then kennel cleaning, then a veterinarian appointment in the afternoon. Kennel cleaning took longer than usual because I did some rearranging so I could get Elsa into the Pit Bull crate (more room in there in case we need to use some form of licking deterrent) but I could not have it sitting out in the middle of the floor. We went outside for a while before I put her in her new room. She was not happy with it until I put a heavy blanket over the top and back. She seems content now. And she did eat her kibbles while I was out on my errands this morning. I left her harness on while I went to run morning errands. When I got back I found she’s chewed the harness off. I tossed that one and got out another, I’ll just be sure to remove it when she’s left on her own.

After dinner play time yielded some interesting steps. Feeling that she’s cowed by my following her around at leash length and will not potty, I put her on a 12 foot lead this evening. That didn’t really help for I was still “following her”. So I sat down and let her circle.

We got to where when I called and held out my hand she would come over to me just close enough I could scratch her under her chin. I let her drag the lead while exploring the yard. She seemed fond of Maggie and hung out near her kennel for a while. Blondie Bear was also loose in the yard and the two of them walked together for a while.

She still didn’t potty. It’s not uncommon after spay surgery to be either loose or constipated. I gave her canned for dinner, I’ll give her another can for breakfast to make sure she doesn’t get plugged up.

We also looked at her incision tonight. It looks great. No indication she’s been licking.

Wednesday, Sept 15

After breakfast, Elsa went outside and into the play yard to say hello to each of her neighbors.

Elsa urinated copiously but produced nothing solid. After some wandering, she went over and sat beside the gate, seeming ready to go back to her room. Accomplishing that was not so smooth, but it was not traumatic either. Still skittish, but doing better.

Mid-morning: We have POOP! Large quantity, normal consistency but there are live worm segments present. This afternoon I’ll start a 3 day course of Fenbendazole (SafeGuard) that will take care of them. She just needed to get ALLL THE WAY across the yard from me to get past the modesty.

Thursday, Sept 16

While I was cleaning kennels Elsa was softly calling me, “I need to Goooooooooooo”. So I rushed getting Maggie back in her room and let Elsa out. She went straight to the gate and trotted across the yard to a spot she liked and defecated. She was much happier afterward.

Elsa is an exceptionally clever girl! At the 2:00 play time I went out and Luna was dancing around inside her bedroom, seemingly enthralled by something goin on inside the building. I peeked through the roll-up door windows and saw Elsa running loose inside.

She did no damage, only got into a trash can that had a coupe of empty dog food cans in it. I took her out in the yard and when I put her back I made triple-sure the door latch was down and locked. This evening I went out to check, and she was loose again! One would think she has some Border Collie in her! I’ve wired the latch, and will see if she’s still contained when I take her dinner out in a few minutes.

Friday, Sept 17

Just finished evening yard time for the dogs. Elsa is doing well with Go Walkies, where I hold onto the handle of her harness and keep her walking beside me. She destroyed the orange harness this morning and is using a grey one now. Better design: just one buckle to mess with so it’s easy on-off which is good because I take it off after each yard time. She also got quite chummy with Blondie Bear today.

Saturday, Sept 18

I moved Elsa’s room into the back of the building next to Pearl’s bedroom. Elsa seems to like being bunked in next to Pearl, she is calmer now between yard outings. It also seems to help if I leave a light on back there. Up front the garage door windows let in lots of light, back there it’s a bit dark. The yard run we just did went well. She didn’t do anything, but getting her to “walkies” out to the yard took almost no coercion at all and just a little to get her back inside. While outside she was snuggling up beside Maggie’s kennel and they were “conversing”. Twas quite sweet.

Sunday, Sept 19

As we walk back and forth between kennel and play yard I use a standard leash and she walks along beside me BEAUTIFULLY! Loose leash. She only get reluctant when we get into new territory (like going into the house for the first time).

She is quite bright, and so much wants to be included and loved. It’s just a matter of gently introducing her to new things, building on the trust we have formed.

We brought Elsa in the house this evening to see how she’d do, and she did beautifully. I took her back to her room for dinner. In the evening Marie was working with Blade and could hear Elsa crying because she’s lonely. I got a large wire crate out of storage and set it up in our bedroom (all the dogs sleep in there at night). We brought Elsa inside again just before we sat down to our dinner. She behaved exceptionally well: no begging. She snoozed in the den with me until bed time, went outside to potty then into her crate I set up for her.

She slept peacefully all night. Went out with the others to potty in the morning and ate breakfast in the kitchen with the other dogs, no issues at all. It looks like we have another house dog!

Monday, Sept 20

Clearly, Elsa has been a house dog before as she is doing wonderfully. The only issue we need to keep working on is getting her to walk on a leash and go willingly wherever I go. Right now she leash walks well if we’re going somewhere she’s familiar with, but new areas are met with heavy resistance. Once we have that conquered, Elsa will be ready to go home to Sigrid’s for final training and placement for adoption.

Saturday, Sept 25

Elsa has recovered from her surgery, is feeling fine, and has settled in here to the point she is getting playful with our other residents. She is especially fond of Josephine, our little Dachi-Beagle. Josie was intimidated at first because Elsa is so much bigger, but when she found Elsa to be careful not to hurt her, she joined into the play. And Callie Roo makes sure the play does not get out of hand.

We are almost to the point where I can let Elsa out into the yard to potty and play and she will come back when I call her. She will come to the point of peeking around the corner of the house, but if I’m in sight she will duck back and return to the yard. When I go after her, she evades me very little and will walk calmly with me back to the door by my loosely holding the handle on her harness.

Monday, Oct 4

Elsa is just about ready to go on to her new home. She will need some time to adjust after the move (she relies on routine and familiarity for comfort), but she has become a regular member of our family. She has started helping herself to any food I might leave momentarily unattended on the kitchen counter, so I have to be mindful of that.

She is, going outside to potty with the other house dogs, and is more often coming back with them rather than making me go out to fetch her back in. When she does not come back on her own it’s because it’s a nice day and she’d rather hang out by the kennels and chat with Pearl and Maggie.

If I take her outside around 8:30 PM she sleeps through the night and will “hold it” until around 7:30 AM.

Pearl Brindusky

Pearl was one of three dogs picked up for vagrancy by the pet police. No owner ever came to claim her, so she’s starting anew.

Last updated: May 19, 2022

History

Pearl was picked up with two other dogs: Camo; who is clearly related to Pearl, but younger, and another unrelated dog who was adopted before we pulled these two. All were classed as strays, posted on the Animal Control Facebook page but no one came to reclaim any of them, so Animal Control made them available and PMFC took them both in.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: June 9, 2021
  • Breed: Husky mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Adult
  • Birthdate: @ June 2019
  • Weight: @ 45 pounds on June 9, 2021
    …………………50.8 pounds on March, 2022
  • Spayed: Yes, July 1, 2021
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Can be rowdy at times, but has learned to express affection gently.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Adoption Information

  • Start by submitting a completed Adoption Application (Now an on-line, mobile friendly form).
  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.
  • If local, (within reasonable driving distance) schedule a meet-n-greet after your application has been processed. If you have another dog, bring it. A home inspection and interview will be done after a successful meet-n-greet. Sometimes we can bring the dog to you for a combined meet-n-greet and home inspection.
  • Local adoption fee is $200.00  This includes spay surgery, vaccination against Parvovirus, Distemper, Adednovirus, Rabies, and Bordatella and a thorough de-worming. This dog has been microchipped and will be registered in the adopters name. Any health issues we found were addressed and are described below.
  • For long distance adoption, contact a reputable rescue near you and ask them to pull the dog from us and handle the adoption to you using their policies and fees.

Progress Summary

Detailed notes and discussion are available below the summary and gallery.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, she relates positively to friendly dogs
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: Likes solo play with balls (video below), running and wrestling with dogs.
  • Is affectionate: Yes, very much so.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Unknown – pretty rowdy for toddlers.
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Not any more.
  • Mouths: Rarely – doing much better
  • Walks well on a leash: Doing better
  • Housebroken: Working on that.

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Diet

Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
PMFC Peanut butter cookies given as rewards for compliance.
Occasional snacks include:
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Beef Hooves
Pig ears


Photo Gallery

June 12, 2021

Pearl is coming along. She still gets excited when we are in the yard together: jumping on me and nipping at my hands. Camo was the same way at first. I’m using the same technique I did with him and it is helping, she just slower at being dissuaded from this behavior. She’s not dumb: she has learned “In Your Room” (although she does not always comply right away) and she now knows “sit” (and is compliant).

She loves her swimming pool. I put that in there because she would stomp in her water bowl. She plays in her pool all the time. When it gets hot I’ve seen her laying in the water, resting.


June 22

We’ve taken to calling her Pearl the Squirrel because of the goofy antics she gets into – she’s DEFINITELY a Husky! She rarely goes into her dog house, but she loves to sit or stand atop it. My favorite is when she lounges over the entrance part like she’s draped over a barrel (photo in the gallery above). So funny.

She is starting to move away from me when she gets play time. Sometimes she just wanders a short way away to sniff the grass, other times she takes off and RUNS in big lazy laps around the yard. But if I call her she comes right back to me.

She learning that she gets more petting if she’s calm and stays, “down”. When she insists on jumping on me she goes back to her room early. She’s learning. Not as fast as Camo DeTigger did (they are clearly related) but she is learning. She even let me trim her nails yesterday. A major step forward.


July 2

Pearl was spayed, HW tested and got her rabies and microchip yesterday. She is heartworm negative, so we can now safely make her available for adoption. While she was groggy from the surgery I trimmed all her toenails and got her into a surgical onsie instead of putting her in a cone. She would HATE the cone!

By bed time last night we managed to get a small tail-wag out of her. She tried to eat something but it came back up. This morning the tail is swinging wider and she’s in less pain. She ate the stew I brought her for breakfast but left the kibble part for later. Probably wise until her tummy is feeling better.


July 5

Pearl is back to being her spunky self again (video above). She wants to know when she can have her swimming pool back. That won’t be until next week. The incision looks good and is healing well but she needs a full 10 days before she can get wet again.


July 10

Pearl has healed up well from her spay surgery. She decided she was tired of the surgical onesie she was wearing (instead of a cone – Huskies HATE cones) and she slipped out of it and shredded it. Technically she has a few days to go but she’s leaving the incision alone so I’ll not harass her further.


July 14

I have been keeping Blade and Pearl separate because Blade was antagonistic toward Pearl. She did not return his animosity. I figured Blade was just being Blade and reacting to change. He doesn’t like change, even a pretty girl moving in next door. A few days ago I finally let them out to play in the yard together. At first Blade was being grumpy, but Pearl soon won him over and they were running and playing in the yard. See video above. Pearl does not seem to dislike any of the dogs and would be happy to play with any of them. I’ll start testing that soon.


Sept 21

Pearl gets along with and will play with all the other outside dogs. She has calmed down and is more manageable in the jumping on people to demand affection department.


Nov 17

Pearl has calmed quite a bit now. She’s still a Husky and has a lot of energy, but has learned to direct it in proper directions. She rarely jumps up on me or tries to mouth me. She has learned to appreciate some quiet time with a chew bone or toy (See “Kongs” video above). She also appreciates a spell of calm petting.

With the colder weather I have been closing the kennel dogs in their bedrooms at night. The kennel building is heated and closing the doggie doors keeps the cold out. I gave her a blanket to snuggle into on her Kuranda, she seemed to appreciate that the first night, but has since decided it’s a toy and spends the night destroying it.

She keeps her room clean every night, waiting until I let her out after breakfast to relieve herself. A good start on house breaking/crate training. I have no trouble getting her to come into her room at night, she is not averse to being confined in her room.


Dec 11, 2021

Pearl is doing MUCH better as restraining her enthusiasm and demanding attention from me. We have been closing her into her bedroom at night because of the cold. She has a perfect score for keeping her room clean and dry all night long. Well, except for those times when she goes snorkeling in her water bucket. But that is clearly drinking water not urine. What a husky to do when she gets bored? Shove her head into her water bucket and blow bubbles through her nose, of course!

Giving her a Kong toy stuffed with biscuits has given her something less soggy to do until she’s ready for bed.

April 11, 2022

Pearl has calmed down a lot in her relationship with me. She has been exposed to several new people recently and did well with all. She has become reactive to other dogs walking by her kennel, but that is common when a dog is confined. When it is she who is loose and walking by the other dog, she’s fine. And she plays well with most other dogs.

She does well at keeping her bedroom clean at night as long as I don’t dally too long in the morning.


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