6 year old • Female • 38 lbs
Beverly has a beautiful and very soft black coat, with brown brindle on her legs, and small patches of white on her mouth and chest. And the perkiest ears!
Beverly (Bevie for short) always has a smile for you and is the ultimate cuddlebug! She wants to be by your side as much as possible—and there’s nothing she loves more than lying near, or on, her humans while they pet her and tell her how sweet she is! She makes an excellent study mate or WFH companion; and she has a playful side and absolutely loves squeaky toys.
She loves being outside, so a fenced yard would be a plus but not required. Bevie hasn’t been in a home with cats; but she does try to chase small animals outside, so a home with cats would not be the right fit. However, she loves meeting new humans and other dogs, and could thrive as an only pet or with another medium-energy dog.
Bevie is house-trained and crate-trained. She sleeps well in her crate throughout the night and has been getting used to hanging out in her crate during the day (the most I’ve left her is 3 hours, but she could likely go a bit more). She enjoys treats and responds so well to praise, so she is easy to train. Bevie is doing a great job learning to walk nicely on a leash. She knows Sit, Down, Stay, Crate (mostly), and we’re working on Leave It; she would love to learn more commands! Bevie would do well in a variety of homes.
Beverly is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and spayed. She has osteoarthritis and has been taking glucosamine supplements, which have helped a lot; her hind legs occasionally tremble but her mobility is not affected at all.
She tested positive for heartworms and is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms: an initial 28 days of doxycycline along with heartworm preventative (ivermectin—Heartgard, Iverheart, or Tri-heart) twice that month, continuing with the preventative every two weeks for a year.
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 does not get winded and it is not too hot.
Most dogs will test negative for heartworms within a year using this method. Beverly began the gentle protocol in December 2020 so she should test negative in December 2021.
Beverly was found as a stray and taken to a 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.