4 year old • Female • 15 lbs
Posie is white and tan with very soft and curly fur, floppy ears, a black button nose, and black eyes. She requires grooming, generally every 4-6 weeks.
Posie is super-sweet, affectionate, and very active. In every way she seems like a puppy—she is endlessly exuberant and happy and playful, has a ton of energy . . . and wants to chew everything in sight! She has a very sharp, very loud bark, so she needs to live in a detached home. We are saying no to kids because she doesn't always like to be handled or picked up.
Posie is an independent, strong-willed little girl who definitely has her own ideas about what she wants and doesn’t want to do. She needs an experienced dog handler who has had small dogs before, and who is very patient and loving, and physically active.
As she has some trust issues, Posie also needs someone who can provide a calm, warm environment where there generally aren’t visitors coming in and out, or children or grandchildren—and where she can learn that she is safe. Posie also needs someone who:
— will let her know in a kind but firm way that she is not in charge.
— can give her a lot of attention, playtime, and exercise throughout the day.
— has no other animals (Although she loves to run with another small dog, like my other foster, Caesar Augustus, she sometimes lunges and snaps at him.)
— has a fenced yard (She simply has too much energy for just going on walks. She is calmer when she can be allowed to get her zoomies out in the yard for ~15 minutes about every 3 hours.)
After she comes back inside from her yard romps, Posie likes to chill out for hours. She loves to lie on the couch next to you—or preferably on top of you or draped over you. But when she does not want to move over or off, or when she turns over on her back, she should not be picked up but rather encouraged with a treat. Once she gets to know you, she is very loving; but she can be wary of strangers, and should be on a leash or in a separate room when there are visitors.
Posie hasn't caught on yet that she should chew only her own things; but does respond to Drop it and No—well, OK, mostly. So she definitely needs chew bones and a Kong! Very smart, Posie learned a slew of other commands in just a couple weeks including Wait, Sit, Let's go out, Let's go inside, Let's eat, Go in your crate, Let's go, Time to sleep, Get down, Come, I'll be back, and Stay.
She is completely house-trained and crate-trained, and sleeps in her crate at night without a peep. She patiently stands in the shower to be washed with a hand shower. Posie loves car rides!
Posie is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and heartworm negative. As mentioned, she needs regular grooming, so will need an adopter committed to that expense for her lifetime. Her fur was extremely matted and overgrown upon coming into the program on July 1; so she was shaved down and her coat is beginning to grow in. You can see the curliness starting to evidence on her legs and ears.
Posie was found as a stray.
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.