5 year old • Female • 70 lbs
Little Debbie is a purebred Rottweiler--black with brown accents.
Little Debbie is a gorgeous representation of the Rottweiler breed. She has such an adorable look in her beautiful eyes, and she is really good at using them as a cuteness factor for soliciting treats! Her stub tail wags easily—and when she is REALLY happy, she wags it so vigorously that her whole back end wiggles. The moment she met her foster family, they knew what they wanted to call her: Little Debbie—because she is as sweet as a snack cake!
Little Debbie delights in going for walks, happy to indulge in every sniff she can get. She wants to jog, and in fact seems to relish running. However, given that Rotties can easily overheat in hot, humid weather and that she is heartworm positive, she’ll have to wait until the heartworm clears and it's cool enough—likely the fall of 2020.
Debbie is also really good at lazy lounging on the floor with her two foster brothers. If one of her people sits on a couch, she will climb right on up for a good cuddle. Ah, there's nothing like an 70-lb dog on your lap! She gets very excited when her people pull out a toy, although it's clear they are a new experience for her. She will take a squeaky toy into her crate just to squeeze it repeatedly, fascinated by the noise. Check her out in the video: choosing between being close to her foster mom taking the video—wag, wag, wag—and playing tug-of-war so gently with her foster brother! She is quite food motivated, but shows no food aggression. She is cooperative, even when it is time to go in her crate.
Her foster family has been surprised at just how easy it has been to transition her into their home and routines. She rarely barks—the sound of a train whistle will elicit a couple short ones, though. This girl is easygoing, content, fun, and snuggly. We think she'd be happy in so many situations!
Little Debbie is strong and sturdy. Her ears, teeth, and hips are all in good shape. She tested positive for heartworm and is being treated with a slow protocol that begins with 28 days of doxcycline and Heartgard twice during the first month, followed by twice-a-month Heartgard. This method gradually clears the heartworm infection without the need for excessive confinement. Most dogs will test negative for heartworm within a year using this method.. It's obvious that she was used to breed, and possibly has had several litters.
Little Debbie came from a rural shelter as an owner surrender, with no information about why or anything about her history.
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.