Likes: Car rides, shadowing her mommy, laying on Mom's lap and watching TV.
Favorite Toy: Squeaky plushies!
Favorite Food: Canidae All Life Stages
Favorite Walk: The park
Best Tricks: Spin, sit, down, over, leave it, and stay.
Arrival Story: Dixie came into the shelter that I work at on New Year's Eve 2005. I was just a volunteer then, and remember having to go all of the way around to the back of the shelter to get she and her "brother", Buddy. Apparently, they had darted back there when the shelter manager tried to take them out of the car. Both were very overweight, and Dixie was absolutely terrified. I remember her cowering in the back of her run whenever potential adopters walked by. Buddy, an Eskimo/Spitz mix, was adopted pretty quickly. Dixie was adopted after being there about three months, but returned soon after because of how scared she was (she was given almost no time to adjust). We let her stay in the shelter lobby and pretty much have her run of the shelter to hopefully get better with new people and to be seen and hopefully adopted. She developed a strong bond with the staff and frequent volunteers, but whenever someone she did not know walked in, she darted under the front office counter or cowered under the table. When I started working at the shelter in June, she followed me everywhere while I cleaned, and seemed to get more comfortable with me as time went on. Since she hid when people entered, she still wasn't adopted when July came. We had tried to find a rescue to take her in, but to no avail. We were really worried about her because of the fact that she was still so afraid after all that time and was stressing- it was becoming cruel to keep her at the shelter and the shelter manager was beginning to wonder if euthanization might be the kindest thing. When I heard about it, I knew that we would be moving to a place where we could keep her within a few weeks, and talked to the shelter manager about the possibility of her staying at the shelter until I could take her home if I was to adopt her. He gave me the okay, but it wasn't until September 2nd that I was able to take her home. We had some financial setbacks, and have still not moved, but a bittersweet event allowed her to stay with us anyway. Our house was broken into, and a few weeks later on September 2nd, the land lady decided she would feel better if we had a dog to alert us to any strangers, and it just so happened that was my deadline set by the shelter to take Dixie home. She's a little maricle pup.
Bio: Dixie is very skittish, but adores people she knows so much, she follows them right on their heels wherever they go. She LOVES other dogs, and cats as well. She and the stray that has taken up residence at the house have become good friends, although they are VERY jealous of each other should one get pet and the other not. They enjoy chasing each other around the yard- one minute, the dog will be chasing the cat, and the next the cat chasing the dog. She loves to run and play in the back yard, but she's all house dog otherwise! She is without a doubt the best behaved dog I have ever had, and will tolerate anything- even baths- because she wants to please her human. Her only vice is her fear of strangers, but even that seems to be getting better. Strange females are not too bad, and she will even let them pet her, but she is still terrified of adult males with the exception of the few she knows very well. One of her favorite activities is laying on my lap while I watch TV. She looks forward to the days I take her to work with me so she gets to see all her old friends on the staff. But when the day's done, she's eager to jump in the car and head back to her forever home- a few hours at the shelter is plenty long enough!
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