Miniature Pinscher
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Age: 9 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Willy Wonka, William, Will, Billy, Wilbur...

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

June 2nd 2007

Playing with other dogs, sitting in the sun, sleeping on the couch...

Willy is a very scared and nervous dog that needs alot of reassurance that people don't mean him harm...

Favorite Toy:
He prefers other dogs to toys!

Favorite Food:
Cheese, bread, jerky dog treats

Favorite Walk:
Around the neighborhood with his sister Tia

Best Tricks:
He sits pretty and he also stands very bold like he's posing for pictures

Arrival Story:
We adopted Willy from his wonderful big hearted foster mom Hanna.

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Willy's Forever Home

July 9th 2009 10:20 pm
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We picked up Willy from his wonderful loving foster mom on May 16, 2009. We had to drive three hours to get him in Maine. He was so sad when we were driving away. He knew that he was leaving a place where he felt loved for the first time in a long time. Since then, he has started to open up and trust us. He is such a loving little guy who just needed a second chance to find a forever home with unconditional love. Well he's found it! He has so much to give. He's now playing with toys and teasing his sister Tia every chance he can. We've had him for almost 7 weeks now and he really is starting to come out of his shell. He talks to you and is learning so many things. He is a great addition to our family!


Willy's Arrival

April 3rd 2009 9:49 pm
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We picked up poor little Willy on Saturday March 21, and man he was terrified! :(
He was shrieking to high heavens when Jeff the transporter took him out of the crate and he peed all over me, poor baby. It took some coaxing to get him in the crate we brought, but we took our time and bribed him with yummy treats and he went in on his own.

Once in transit he seemed curious and we opened the crate so he could sniff around, figured he'd been crated long enough during the long transport from Missouri, and he needs some reassurance. And he was SO good! He sat so nicely and quietly the whole 2 hr ride home, even laid down on the backseat and fell asleep! And when we stopped at the gas station he sat quietly on the backseat waiting for us without a single peep! He was terrified of the leash as we were getting out of the car, and was cowering on the floor in the backseat growling. But again with a little coaxing and yummy treats he trusted me enough to follow me out. He is such a good boy, just terrified...

He met my alpha female Bela first, a 5 year old pug/jack russell mix, and he was amazing! He is SO good with other dogs! Very very polite, not scared at all, and later that night they were even playing! I will admit, it brought a little tear to my eye to see a dog so scared and nervous feel comfortable enough to wrestle and play...
I think I would insist on a home with other dogs for him, he feels so safe and happy around other dogs.

We are taking it very very slowly with him, no need to push him beyond his comfort zone, it would just make him regress. I just sat with him the first night, not looking at him or talking to him, and slowly he approached, putting his front paws on my leg, and I had to try my hardest not to pet him. And he then climbed up on my lap, I thought I was gonna melt! Huge steps for a little dog...!

He was terrified of the crate and I didn't want to make him do anything he's not comfortable with at this point, so I left it open and let him sleep wherever he wanted. He slept partly in the crate and partly on a dogbed next to our bed, without any problems.

And the following morning I put my hand out for him to sniff off the edge of my bed, and he came right over and rubbed himself against it! He has even been laying next to us on the couch watching movies and letting us pet him, as long as we let him see our intentions first so he's prepared. It's amazing that with all that fear and anxiety, all he really wants is to be loved...

I have not been able to get a leash on him yet, he is terrified of it, and lord knows what kind of associations he has. Again, he just got here and I am not going to rush anything. Everyday we try a little bit, positive association with treats and gentle affection if he feels comfortable, and I back off as soon as he seems too stressed. You can't rush this kind of recovery, all in due time...

Little Willy is going to need alot of patience and time to feel comfortable enough to just be a dog. He has very little trust in people and will need alot of reassurance that we're not all bad. With a slow, soft approach he does warm up to you and he is so sweet and gentle. He is not hyper at all, a very good boy, and he is housebroken, not yappy at all and eats his dinner without any problems...

Anyone interested in Willy needs to understand his needs and understand that at this point he is not ready for alot of new people, big adventures, rough housing, or tons of affection. We will also not place him in a home with children due to his nervous tendencies, we don't think it would be good for Willy or for a child. And prior experience with fearful dogs or miniature pinschers in general is a plus...

But if you feel that you are ready to help this sweet gentle dog to get to be a dog, show him how to feel safe and what is expected of him, so he can feel secure enough to snuggle on the couch, go for a walk, play with a doggie friend and sleep in the sun, then he is one amazing little dog. The time and patience required will be more than worth it, because besides his fear issues, Willy is almost the perfect dog. So cute, quiet and well behaved. We have fostered many dogs, some stand out more than others, and Willy sure is way up there on the list!

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