4 year old • Female • 70 lbs
Gorgonzola (Zola for short) is a big hunk of love. She is mostly black with white on her chest, and white spots on her nose and face. She has small ears that tilt side to side when she is listening to you and very expressive eyes.
Gorgonzola is affectionate, sweet, goofy, and a little timid. As we notice her becoming more comfortable, her personality has really started to shine. She loves to be in the same room as her people, and will demand attention and pets when she wants them! However, she also doesn't mind being on her own and enjoys having her own space sometimes. Zola enjoys tug-of-war with our dog, and she would love the company of another dog of similar weight and energy. But she could also be in a home as an only dog. She would be fine with kids over 10 years old.
Zola has a very soft belly and will roll over for belly scratches any time you offer them. She is house- and crate-trained (although she's doing fine loose in the house while we are not at home). She is very gentle when taking treats.
When she knows we’re about to go for a walk, she spins and jumps in circles! While we're walking if she sees other dogs, she whines, hoping to meet them; but we can easily redirect her to walking on. Zola is very people-focused and wants attention from passersby. She pulls on the leash occasionally but is easily managed with the Easy Walk harness.
Zola can be a little nervous of new things in her environment. Although unsure around men, she can be won over with some treats and gentle pets. Her biggest accomplishment is how much confidence she's gained in just three weeks with us! If you go slowly with her, she is sure to give you all of her love!
Gorgonzola is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and spayed.
Gorgonzola tested positive for heartworms and is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms. With the gentle protocol, no excessive confinement is required. She should not be out in the heat for long periods of time, and should not engage in heavy exercise until she tests negative for heartworms. Heavy exercise that should be avoided includes full-speed running for any distance, jogging more than a short distance such as a driveway or a block, repetitive ball chasing, and high-energy play with other dogs. Leash walking is fine in most cases, as long as she is not getting winded and it is not too hot.
Most dogs will test negative for heartworms within a year using the gentle method. Our protocol is twice per month ivermectin (heartgard, iverheart, tri-heart, etc.) 28 days of doxycycline during the first month. Gorgonzola began the gentle protocol in Sept. 2020 so should test negative in Sept. 2021.
Gorgonzola was surrendered by her previous owners to the local 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.