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Old gal, puppy heart
Honey | Shepherd mix | 40lbs | Female | 12 years old | Good with dogs | Unknown with cats | Unknown with kids | House trained | Fostered in Guelph, ON
Vetting: No known health concerns
Adoption Fee: $300
Honey is already stealing the hearts of everyone on our team and we hope that she steals her forever family’s real soon. You might notice her big ears, but they seem to be more for looks as she seems to be hard of hearing. At her first vet visit, we determined that she is currently quite healthy for the level of life experience that she has She has settled into her foster home fairly well and learned to co-exist with her foster brother.
Honey is looking for a quiet home, with or without a dog friend, where she can live out her golden years. Honey still has quite a bit of spunk in her and loves to play with her foster parents and go on walks with her younger, furry foster brother. While she will not be looking for a super active home, she would love one that has time for a good walk but one that also has a soft pillow to rest her head on at the end of the day. Yes, you read that right – Honey loves cozy pillows and even has special foster privileges to enjoy furniture in her foster home (due to her experienced age).
Now for her special requests (she is a princess, after all)… Despite her love of relaxing on the couch, she has shown signs of separation anxiety after settling into her foster home. When left alone in her crate, she has barked, whined, panted, and had messes in her crate. She now receives anti-anxiety medication to help manage this and we suspect this may help her long term in her forever home as well. She would likely benefit from a family who is home more often than not, or someone who can help her build confidence to be left alone for longer times. Additionally, Honey has exhibited some resource guarding of toys and has snapped at her foster brother when she believes a toy is “hers.” There have been two instances where she has had to be removed from the situation as she will not back down with verbal correction. This behaviour has only been experienced when toys are involved with another dog (and not food or people related). This seems to have become less frequent as she’s settled into her foster home but is something a forever home should be aware of moving forward. Given this, she may enjoy being an only dog or would prefer to live with a quiet, respectful furry friend to give her space when she wants some alone time.
At her senior age, Honey also has several lumps and bumps which have been tested and are not concerning at this time, but they should be monitored moving forward. We are currently navigating the best way to manage stiffness, which includes daily medication, to help her age comfortably and gracefully.
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