5 year old • Female • 65 lbs
Bonnie Blue is a beautiful Old English Sheepdog with one blue eye and one brown eye. She has a long, shaggy gray-and-white coat, and a docked tail.
Bonnie Blue is one of the sweetest dogs we have ever met—gentle with humans, excellent with children of all ages, and great with dogs. In fact, she is one of those rare dogs who gets along with every single dog she has ever met. Bonnie is also very playful and enjoys rough-housing with her canine siblings. She has not been exposed to cats, but we believe that she would get along with them as well.
Bonnie loves her foster parents—they have been working on building her confidence, and she has made amazing progress. However, she is overall very timid and fearful of new people and experiences. So she will definitely need an adopter who understands her needs and would be willing to continue with her training. She is still very anxious about walking on a leash (although she has learned to accept it); but having to be regularly leash-walked is not what she would want.
Bonnie would not do well in a busy city environment; her ideal situation would be in a quiet, peaceful home located in a rural area with lots of space to roam. Bonnie does best as part of a pack so that she can follow other dogs and learn from them.
There are three requirements for adopting Bonnie: a physical fence (Bonnie is too shy and a flight risk, so a secure, fenced-in yard is a must); a commitment to regular professional grooming; and the companionship of one or more dogs to keep her company. A GPS collar, like Whistle 3, would also be great.
While our typical adoption radius is just 60 miles from Durham, NC, Bonnie Blue's foster parent is willing to consider applications outside of that radius in NC, SC and VA. If you are inquiring outside of our radius, but live in NC, SC or VA, and meet the above requirements, we would be happy to consider your application once submitted.
Bonnie has also received behavior modification training in her foster home. She now knows several commands, is crate- and house-trained, and has excellent house manners. She is very food motivated, which makes training easier.
This lovely girl will make an outstanding companion for adopters willing to continue with some very simple but consistent exercises so that Bonnie can increasingly improve her confidence and help her conquer her fears. In return, she will be a loyal, playful companion, and undoubtedly make her adopters very happy.
Bonnie Blue is in excellent health, up-to-date on all -vaccinations, microchipped, spayed, and heartworm negative.
Bonnie Blue was abandoned by her original owners.
IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Group classes for puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount to IAR adopters.