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Alice

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

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.