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Age: 8 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-dog rescue

July 10th 2008

Hanging out with her human.

Strangers trying to touch her

Arrival Story:
SASSY WAS ADOPTED INTO A GREAT HOME ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd!! I was fostering Sassy on behalf of a large & well-respected non-profit animal welfare organization located in the San Francisco Bay area. Sassy showed up at the shelter in March, 2009 & shortly after gave birth to several puppies. Mother & pups went to a foster home, the pups eventually got adopted, but Sassy stayed in the foster home until they had to transfer her to me so they could go on a vacation planned long in advance. What's a vacation? :) Sassy seems to be some sort of long-haired Chihuahua mix, and at approximately 1.6 years of age, she weighs about 17 pounds. I was warned by numerous people that Sassy had a well, sassy attitude towards humans & even some other dogs. She was a little nervous around me at first, but within a half hour of bringing her to my home on September 24th, she was lounging on my lap enjoying me petting her, and ignoring the other dogs I have at home. I'll post diary listings below which will provide more info about her as I expose her to more to situations & see how she reacts.

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My Diary


October 3rd 2009 7:04 pm
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Sassy was adopted today, to a local husband & wife who had seen her on the animal welfare organization's web page and had been put in contact with me to learn more about her.

We met up at the shelter & everything went really well, so they adopted Sassy. She will have a big, fenced yard to play in, and her new mom is home most of the time, so Sassy will love that!

It was nice that the animal welfare organization employee who volunteered to foster Sassy for so long was also there today & able to see Sassy leave for her new home.

I will transfer this web page over to the ownership & control of her new family soon.


Venturing out!

October 1st 2009 11:28 pm
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This afternoon I took Sassy in to the animal welfare organization's facility, to expose her to people & other animals for the first time since I brought her home with me a week ago.

She was overwhelmed by large groups of people nearby, but reacted by being timid, not fear-aggressive. She did OK with individuals who slowly & calmly approached her. Some she'd met before & hence was friendly with, others she'd never seen before and was somewhat timid, but let them briefly touch her without much objection. It probably helped that I stood by her & tried to project calmness & confidence her way.

She met a new dog (female Chihuahua) & did fine interacting with her off-leash in an office area that also had some humans in it. She was quite happy of course to see Kayla, her former foster-mom there!

We walked through a cat area, and Sassy had no reaction to over a dozen cats, some just a few feet away & at eye level (in kennels), nor did they react to her. This is good news for a potential adopter who has one or more cats.

Today was just a quick visit -- exposing her to new people & animals, then getting her back home safe & sound. We'll do this sort of thing again soon to continue to help build her confidence & socialization.


4th day

September 28th 2009 10:23 pm
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Almost 5 days with Sassy, and all is well. She's never challenged me at all, though was occasionally a little growly with some of my other dogs here, but only when they pushed her boundaries.

Sassy bonded to me very quickly, and has been affectionate and somewhat submissive. I can pick her up, hold her paws, hold her tail, carry her belly-up, etc. without any protesting from her, even though she's probably not completely comfortable with my doing so.

I think if Sassy's handler displays confidence, Sassy will not challenge the person. But if the handler seems nervous or uncertain, that's when Sassy might step-up & be a little growly or snappy.

Starting today, Sassy has become a little more outgoing & playful, not only with me, but with the other dogs she's living with in my home. She's finally starting to settle-in.

I'll give her a couple more days to just settle in & really learn to like/trust/respect me & then I'll gradually start taking her out in public -- car rides, walks around the block, to the dog park, etc. and see how she does. We'll also go to the animal shelter so certain people there can try working with her.

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