Likes: Food, belly rubs, running, squeaky toys, and being sung to. Also for some reason, even though Holly ignores or bullies most dogs, she is overjoyed every time she sees a border collie. We have no idea why.
Pet-Peeves: Being surprised by the door bell, especially from a nap.
Favorite Toy: Her squeaky canvas "squido" toy.
Favorite Food: Holly likes all food, she's not picky at all. She'll even give inedible things a try, just once. Okay, maybe twice.
Favorite Walk: Any walk that ends at my parents' house! It's like Disneyland for her.
Best Tricks: Sit, stay, come, stay out, down, and ah-ah! Right now we're teaching her to dance, but she might be teaching us a thing or two.
Arrival Story: Holly and her brother Buddy were abandoned as young puppies in someone's front yard. The owner of the house found them there, and decided to take them in... but she kept the puppies in the backyard without any real interaction, and soon the unsocialized, ignored puppies became rambunctious, bored dogs. That's when she decided to surrender the dogs to Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary, who sent both dogs to prison. Yes, prison! They were rehabilitated and taught their basic commands by the prison inmates, and their profiles were on Petfinder.com, where I found and fell in love with Holly right away. At my request, a volunteer with the sanctuary let me know when Holly went up for adoption, and I arrived early that day to take her home!
Bio: Although we were warned about the laundry list of bad doggie habits Holly had when we decided to adopt her, she turned out to be a very well-mannered dog. We did have to reinforce her training, and she had separation anxiety at first, but she has improved and shown us what a smart girl she is. Right now Holly's biggest problem is her anxiety and over-excitement when experiencing new places, and her pushy, bullying attitude with other (especially smaller) dogs. We understand why she is this way, because she was never socialized and has experienced so few places, and we are trying to help her get through this.