April 7th 2009 9:46 pm
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I am thrilled to report that Ava-Josey has now made friends with all 7 of the other dogs in her foster home plus a couple of others that came over for a visit last weekend. She has socialized well with both males and females ranging from 20-70 lbs. Ava just needed some time to gain trust and confidence. She has obviously not been around other dogs in quite some time and she is just now developing canine social skills and learning how to play appropriately with other dogs. At this point, she plays fairly gentle and mostly enjoys running around outside with other dogs with minimal "boxing" contact. She is learning more everyday from the other dogs in her foster home! She should do fine in any home with friendly and balanced dogs and an experienced owner who is prepared to be patient and supportive during the transition period. Ava is also progressing wonderfully with her house-training and hasn't had any accidents in over a week! She has been friendly with visitors to her foster home. She is sometimes timid meeting strangers out in public, but she warms up quickly and enjoys exploring new places on walks. Ava is looking forward to attending Charlotte's Bark in the Park event on 4/25!
March 23rd 2009 9:16 pm
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Ava-Josey is a gorgeous 10-12 month old Boxer girl who recently entered a local Animal Control shelter as a stray. She has settled into her BRBR foster home and is now searching for her forever home! Ava is fully vaccinated, spayed, microchipped, heartworm negative and on preventative. She currently weighs just under 50 lbs. In the stressful shelter environment, Ava was nervous and frightened. Ava's personality quickly blossomed in her foster home. She is very affectionate and loving with her foster parents, but she is not pushy about getting attention. She can entertain herself quietly if her foster parents are busy. She enjoys playing with toys and is very gentle with them. Ava is much more calm than most young Boxers. Ava is currently working on house-training and crate-training. She is easy to walk on leash and although she does enjoy the fenced yard, she will not stay out there by herself. If her foster parents go inside, Ava is at the door within seconds. The fly strike scabs on Ava's ears show that she has spent too much of her life outdoors already. Ava loves to cuddle and is very tolerant of handling. She has no resource guarding tendencies, so she should do fine in a home with dog-savvy children. Ava is very appropriate greeting dogs on leash, but she has no clue how to play nicely off-leash. She lacks social skills with other dogs and has not been especially receptive to the female dogs in her foster home. She is allowed to play with two of the male dogs in her foster home, but at this point, she requires supervision and verbal direction from a strong human leader. Ava would probably be happiest as an only pet in her forever home. She may be suitable for a home with an easy-going male dog, but she would need an experienced owner to help her continue to develop her off-leash interaction skills. Ava-Josey is a beautiful young girl who will make an excellent companion animal and family member. Please complete an application if you would like to meet this special girl!
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