Favorite Food: Real food, meat, and love her chew bones
Favorite Walk: Not too in to walks yet
Arrival Story: We were looking at Petfinder for Miniature Pinschers and saw Camille. She was listed as a Doberman Pinscher mix even though they do not know for sure which breeds she has in her mix. She had such a striking look that we drove a little over an hour to meet her and let her meet Georgie and Jackson. She did well and one of the wonderful volunteers, Jennifer, at Pals Pets had offered to take her to our home for a visit. One week later we hurried to get done and work and got home early to wait for Camille. She was very sweet and just backed off when Jackson gave her some grief. That was the biggest test because we knew Jackson would do that. She was nervous and would pull some and lunge when she was spooked by something. After letting the dogs meet and taking a short walk, we tried it in the back yard. That went without a problem too. So on that day, we adopted her and the nervous girl is doing better every day. She is a clown and in her element running around in the back yard. She loves toys and has found her bed in the family room and parks there and shops in our toy box and squeaks and throws them up in the air every night. She loves crate in the bedroom and is now comfortable enough that she does not have to be right with us every second and will go up to bed on her own. She is still a work in progress and is nervous during walks, in new situations and shy when meeting people at work. I think a lot of that will work itself out too. Many fears, especially noises, but hopefully, she will become used to those too.
Bio: Camille had a tough start in life. Pals-Pets rescued her from a hoarder. She was 4 months old and so underweight she could hardly stand. They brought her back to health and at 7 months old, she went to a program where inmates train dogs to make them more adoptable, Pups on Parole. We can see a lot of that training showing up and the trainer did a wonderful job. Once she was returned to the shelter, she was adopted out. The family didn't know a lot about dogs and their kid was afraid of animals and never touched Camille the whole time she lived with them. A trainer was brought to their house to help them since they never had a dog before and Camille stayed there for approximately 6 months. The family ran into financial difficulties and were going to have to move from the home so they brought Camille back to the shelter in December. Fortunately, the volunteers at Pals-Pets love their dogs and cats in their care and showed her lots of love but living in a kennel with some time out in the yard and starting out with a hoarder has shown up in her fear of the outside world. There is a world of difference between the dog now feeling safe in our home and the dog that first came here. She was nervous and pacing and then had to attach herself to me or my husband and now she is feeling she has a place here and is having a great time when in the house or in the back yard. I think the outside world will take quite a bit longer and we are exposing her and challenging her and I think she will be up to those challenges and progress every day. She is much different than we are used to with our Min Pins. Quite a bit larger than our little babies and where Georgie and Jackson think exploring is new and exciting, Camille finds anything new something to be cautious and sometimes fearful of but I am hoping she will soon show herself to be as fun loving when we step outside the house as she is when she is here.
Mommy and Daddy got a DNA test so they could find out just what breeds I have in my mix. They got the test back yesterday and I know Daddy was especially happy to learn one of my parents was a purebred Doberman making me 50% Doberman Pinscher. My other parent was a Pointer mix.
I have that Pinscher build like my little brother and sister. Mommy says we have the same stance many times.
It is finally such a nice weekend!! Yesterday I got more outside time with a couple of walks and time in the back yard with mommy and daddy and a tennis ball, yayyyyyyyyyyyy!! I love running around and squeaking the squeaky tennis ball!! Sometimes mommy takes it back and throws it and I get really excited but she has to take it from me since I don't bring it back.
Nothing is better than running around in the back yard. I am really really enjoying my own back yard!!
I am looking forward to more fun outside today :) After all, a good dog is a tired dog, right, right!!
I came to my new home on March 15th. Jennifer and Jim brought me to my new family and I was very confused when they left me here. I was happy about the fenced in yard and I got to go inside and be with my new family inside a home. Much more comfy than a kennel although I loved all the volunteers at Pals-Pets. They have been my family since I was rescued at 4 months old from a hoarder. Pals-Pets brought me back to health since I was severely underweight. They also enrolled me in Pups on Parole where I was taught basic obedience and manners. The inmate that taught me did a great job. :) And the volunteers at Pals-Pets worked so hard with me and I love them all.
I did have another home for 6 months but they had no experience with dogs and I am a dog that needs someone with patience and experience. I am a very good girl but have some fears and nervousness that I am working through and doing quite well. The family's 15 year old boy was always afraid of me and never even touched me. Kind of tough for a dog that is already unsure of new things and easily spooked. Unfortunately, they came upon some financial difficulties and could not keep me any more and I went back to the shelter.
I went back to familiar surroundings but it is still confusing for me to be back in a kennel instead of a home.
My new mommy and daddy have been very nice. I also have two small Min Pin siblings. It is working out well. I am not sure why they bark at so many things and I get excited about that sometimes but I am very interested in them. Jackson gives me a hard time every once in a while but it is already rare and mommy and daddy are surprised at how fast he accepted me :) I just let him have his way in the house. The back yard is different and mommy doesn't always let them out with me if I am in the running mood. Inside the house I am much better with them. Both of them try to play with me and I am learning to get in the down position for them unless they are chasing me down the hallway. Hehe.
I am also learning that breakfast and dinner times mean to eat now and I don't have all day to eat it. Mommy and daddy say no food can be left down because Georgie and Jackson would eat it and get fat. Now I eat all my meals when they are offered.
Walks are much better too. I was nervous at first but now I am enjoying them. And I go to work with mommy and daddy instead of staying home in my crate. I am learning to like that too and doing well riding in the car.
I am enjoying my new home and love my new mommy and daddy showing them appreciation with my attention and I love getting their attention. I also love giving them kisses.
And I really enjoy the toys!! My trainer from Pups on Parole said I would empty the toy box and I still do that!! I also enjoy stealing toys from Duffy at work. It is a game between us. I only see him at work so I am still getting comfortable with him. My mommy and Duffy's mommy both hope I will eventually start playing with him. And maybe I just might :)