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Alice

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Please contact Andrea for more information on Alice4 Year Old Female (New Berlin, WI)

December 3

Alice loves to snuggle! She will come up to me for all over body scratches and gets as close as she can to me even if that means resting her chin on my shoulder. She looks at you with all her love. Seriously, melts my heart.

She is getting much better at catching balls. And if she doesn’t catch it, she is the fastest one to chase after it if it’s bouncing around the room. With outside fetch she is more interested in running near the other dogs…not necessarily chasing, just running with them back and forth as they fetch and return.

Alice loves to go for walks and runs. When it’s time to get ready, she runs to the door to sit quietly and wait for you to put on her harness. It’s that easy. When it’s time to go in the back yard, she is a little more over the top vocal with excitement which we are working on. She can still wait before charging out the door.

She gets anxious in her crate from time to time but she has been going in well. As long as I don’t look at her while she is in her crate and just leave or go upstairs or to bed, she is quiet and happy to eat her treats. If I take time to say goodbye or make eye contact, she barks and gets stressed. So that is easy to accommodate.

November 18

Alice has quickly learned the following commands: Sit, Down (lie down), and Leave it. We are still practicing, but she gets the concept and responds nicely. She is also getting very quick at calming herself before she is released from her crate and waiting before being let outside. She is gaining weight! And I am super excited to report that she no longer eats dog poop. YAY! I am not sure if those are related or if it was more stress related.

I took her for our first jog this morning. She pulled in the beginning but after about 10 minutes she was getting the hang of it. It should also be noted that we walk in the daylight now too. While squirrels get her attention, we can also keep moving along. So much has changed since she settled in and got rid of the stress after living in a shelter.

She has been pretty shy/cautious when meeting new people but you can tell she wants to come close to get pets and often does. She will bond with her people quickly and become a close pal. What a nice dog!

 

November 14

Today, Alice had a herding instinct test! We weren’t sure how she would do, because she was pretty amped-up waiting for her turn. Just looking at the sheep and ducks made her crazy, so her foster mom walked her around the farm, far away from the animals. This got her settled a bit, and the walk helped get some energy out. We handed Alice off to the herding instructor, and off she went! Alice was fast and tight at first, but after just a few seconds, she responded to the instructor brilliantly. Suddenly, Alice went out and around the sheep, slower and wide. She did beautifully! Here’s her video along with some pictures:

Regarding her heartworm treatment, Alice goes in for her first treatment on December 19th. She just finished her month of medication. Now thirty days off. Her second treatment is January 16-17. Then she gets tested six months after that so a long ways to go, but she’ll heal like a champ, I’m sure!

Her foster home reports that Alice is by far, one of her favorite fosters! She has drive, loves to play, is very trainable with patience & consistency, and she still loves to snuggle with her people. This girl will make some family extremely entertained, happy, and content. This dog is the whole package!

November 3

Alice is doing so well! We have made great progress over the last two weeks. She responds to her name, is mostly potty trained, gets along with the other three dogs in the house, and settles when it’s time to relax for the evening or night.

She loves squeaky toys! She lives for getting pets! She loves to eat poop – Ewww! It’s a habit we are working hard to prevent; She doesn’t give kisses so that helps with the grossness factor. She sleeps through the night. She loves to go into her crate for meal times. We think she may have been an outside dog prior to being surrendered so she seems to be loving her new indoor lifestyle. She used a dog bed for the first time last night. Prior to that she didn’t show interest in them at all. She walks wonderfully on a leash when it is dark outside. We tried leash walking during the day but the squirrels were too plentiful and distracting.

She remains to be a joy to have around. This is the type of dog one can fall in love with quickly!

 

 

October 20

History: Relinquished from a shelter in Indiana who reached out to herding dog rescues because she was not adapting well to living in a shelter. According to their paperwork a good neighbor rescued her after owner didn’t want her any more.
Health: Heartworm positive so she will be in foster care for a few months while she goes through treatment and then gets spayed. (See detailed report from the vet at the bottom of this update.)

Alice arrived in our rescue a week ago and is evolving each day. She was at a vet clinic for three days to get tests done to confirm her heartworm and do a thorough screening. The last three days she has been in a foster home with one other dog and two guinea pigs. Every day she has become more relaxed but still has a ways to go. Alice is pretty intense and focused on things she wants to be focused on. She doesn’t know her name or any commands. She sticks close even if she pretends to not hear you. As she starts to unwind and show new parts of her personality, here is what I have learned:

Likes: Running with my dog as he catches a frisbee. Head and face rubs. Squeaky toys. Being near a human. Snuggles.
Things that overstimulate her: Guinea pig sounds and movement. Seeing her reflection in the mirror. Being in her crate and seeing my dog.

Dislikes: Being left in her crate when she can hear you having fun without her. The first time seeing my dog.
She is much more non-stop movement and action than these pictures show.

The detailed report from the vet:
Alice is quite shy, but sweet. She does have heartworm which we confirmed. No tickborne diseases. Chest x-ray shows a slight enlargement of the heart, but not bad, so Doctor feels she is an excellent candidate for treatment. Alice has a wound on her head and one on her foot. At this point, Doctor thinks the head wound is an injury and there is a topical ointment to put on it. This girl is very thin but otherwise is decent health. She is very scared outside and will bump into people and things. Two doctors have examined her, watched her move inside, and she seems fine. We will keep an eye on her, but we are suspecting this is stress rather than a medical issue. Alice is an antibiotics for a month, then will be off a month, then we will do the first heartworm treatment. Vet says 4 is a decent guess on age. She does has a slight bit of tartar/wear on teeth. She is young looking to us. Alice is quiet in her crate and is eating well. She will take treats, loves canned food, but also ate the dry food well in her kennel. She smells MUCH better post bath and is quite a pretty girl.