All About Me
I have a gorgeous black coat with a white stripe down my face, spilling onto my chin, around my neck, on my chest, and onto my toes.
My name is Chanel, and I know I am adorable-just look at my sweet face! Plus I am very lovable, loyal, and enjoy the company of humans and male dogs. I would like a fenced yard; but it is not a requirement in my forever home. Even though I have improved on my leash manners, I still need a strong adult human to take me on my walks who is experienced with walking large, strong dogs.
My foster mom has been training me on basic commands; but sometimes I don't hear that well. So it may take a couple of times to respond. I am crate-trained and like to have bones and chews to occupy my time. I don't have accidents in the house and know better not to jump on furniture! Sometimes when I get really excited, I jump when greeting people and when I'm getting fed. So I can be in a home with older children, but not young ones.
I don't think anyone ever gave me toys before coming into IAR, so I don't know how to play with them. I spend most of my days napping, dreaming of food, playing, running, and not taking a bath. My favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs. Don't get me wrong, I also eat up all my veggies!
Wouldn't you like to take me home?
Chanel is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and spayed. She had a ligament replaced on her right leg in January and is doing very well with her recuperation. She will need the same operation on her left leg, but there is no rush in getting that done yet.
She tested heartworm positive and is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms: an initial 28 days of doxycycline along with heartworm preventative (ivermectin--Heartgard, Iverheart, or Tri-heart) twice that month, continuing with the preventative every two weeks for a year.
With the gentle protocol, no excessive confinement is required. Dogs should not be out in the heat for long periods of time, and should not engage in heavy exercise until they test negative for heartworms. Heavy exercise that should be avoided includes full-speed running for any distance, jogging more than a short distance such as one block, repetitive ball chasing, and high-energy play with other dogs. Leash walking is fine in most cases, as long as they do not get winded and it is not too hot.
Most dogs will test negative for heartworms within a year using this method. Chanel began the gentle protocol in late November 2020, so she should test negative by December this year.