Favorite Walk: The greenbelt woods behind my house
Arrival Story: Becky was a rescue who had been brought to Hound Haven near Orlando, Florida stray and seriously injured by a car. She had a broken rear leg, a dislocated hip and a torn diaphragm. A generous donor named Becky paid for her surgery and rehabilitation. We met Becky while my mother-in-law was fostering her during recovery and fell in love with her, well, dogged determination to survive. Hound Haven let us adopt her and even brought her up to our house in northern Virginia.
Bio: Please help Becky! She has gotten herself in a really tough situation and needs to be re-homed due to a recent altercation with a neighbor's dog.
Becky is very sociable, energetic and engaged with the family. She has always been good with kids, both ours and the neighborhood's. We had a sleepover of a dozen 10 year olds two weeks ago. Becky has the run of the house. We had no concerns, and there were no problems at all. She is good with cats. We have a cat that also has run of the house and even gets fed in the same room with Becky and they get along fine. She loves to fetch. She is my wife's shadow around the house during the day and my companion on walks in the nearby woods when I unwind after work. Although she is definitely a good watchdog, she does not jump up on visitors. She doesn't mark indoors, chew furniture, or scratch at doors.
She gets along great with other dogs, if she is introduced slowly and under control. Within 30 minutes when we have done this, she becomes their friend and playmate. However, there are two nearby dogs that she has reacted to aggressively, and she recently got loose and bit one of the dogs for a second time in two years. The bites involved only 1 or 2 puncture wounds each, but animal control has gotten involved. The neighbors have threatened legal action including fines and restrictions on the dog that will require her to be confined In a way that will negatively impact her quality of life, So we need to find a new home for Becky outside our neighborhood. It is unbelievably sad for us and our kids, but we have no choice.
The rescue has found a temporary foster situation. we are working together to find a permanent home for her. However, given how hard it is to place a dog with any history of aggression toward other dogs, I am really worried that the only option will be to euthanize if we cannot find a permanent home. It's hard enough having to give her up at all, but the thought of that is almost unbearable.
If you have any leads on a permanent home for this terrific dog, please contact me at andyhoskins731"at"gmail.com.