4 year old • Female • 60 lbs
Sofia has a soft white coat with brown spots including a big brown patch over one eye. Her ears start off sticking straight up but flop over about halfway. She has a lean muscular build and beautiful brown eyes.
Sofia is a super-sweet young lady. She likely had never lived in a house before her foster home, but she has fully embraced her new life as a house pup and is ready to find her forever home. Sofia is deaf but has learned basic commands with hand signals and would be happy to learn more (she is food motivated!). At home, she can generally be found lounging about the house with her back legs kicked out behind her (even while sitting) or peering out the window watching the neighborhood happening..
The top 10 things Sofia’s foster parents love most about her:
1. Her outrageous sleeping positions (seriously, this girl should have a social media account dedicated solely to the bizarre ways she chooses to snooze).
2. When she bounces around like a little popcorn, with all four paws leaving the ground at once (she’s got the best spin moves too).
3. The little snoring sounds she makes when she’s really enjoying some pets or a good cuddle.
4. The way she wiggles around on her back like a flipped turtle.
5. Her new-found love of snuggling.
6. The fact that she never technically begs for human food: she just gently lays her head on you and then peers directly into your soul (or occasionally plays it cool and looks away, but always continues to watch slyly out of the corner of her eye).
7. How she (quite adorably) seems to believe that she is a much, much smaller dog than she actually is.
8. The way she shakes her toys and tosses them around like a puppy does.
9. That she is the easiest dog to exercise: She’s always up for chasing a ball, or, if you just act a little goofy and wave your arms around, she’ll get so excited that she’ll take off running and zip around the yard until she’s exhausted herself (she loves it when you crouch down to say hello as she flies by).
10. When she rolls her head all the way back to peer at you upside down through those soulful brown eyes.
Sofia is spayed, microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations. She is heartworm positive and is receiving a gentle protocol: for the first month--28 days of doxycyline and twice per month Heartgard, continuing with the twice per month Heartgard. This method gradually clears the heartworm infection without the need for excessive confinement. Most dogs will test negative for heartworms within a year using this method.
Sofia came from a rural shelter.
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.