Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Another New Addition to the Family

Posted by Mandy at 2:00 PM

This is not the best picture in the world.. but this is RUBY! I rescued her from the pound yesterday and she had to be banished to the pen outside until I could get her properly bathed and brushed. Now she's all beautiful and fluffy, and gets to enjoy living indoors. (I am without a camera or I'd show nice, fresh, cute pics of her.)

Ruby is an adult dog, probably around ages 1-3. She appears to me to be Cairn. (think Toto from The Wizard of Oz) She actually is possibly pure-bred. She is quite small, probably topping out at around 7 pounds. Her cute little frame and that super expressive face have made her quite a comical dog! You've got to love that red hair she's sporting!

The only issues I've seen from her in our two days together are some serious food aggression. She will actually try to bite other animals if they get near her food. She has spent most of her time around the food pinned down, on her back, by me. I make her lay this way until she calms down and can sit close to the other dogs while they eat. She's only had two eating sessions with her new pack so I'm not expecting miracles anytime soon. Her otherwise TOTALLY sweet disposition lets me see that she is absolutely mold-able and I can work her through that one mean issue.

Get this: She is HOUSEBROKEN. She goes and sits by the front door anytime she needs to potty. Zero accidents in the house.. ZERO.

She LOVES to ride in the van. Someone toted this sweet girl all over the place. When I open the door for her she just does this cute little hippity-hop (is that a word?) into the front passenger seat. Then she either looks around or lays down and sleeps during the drive.

She loves the crate! After making her submit to the crate the first day, it is now her favorite place to hang out. If you show her a place to stay, she will. Awesome indoor dog!

I have no idea why this dog was at the pound. I don't know if she ran away or if she was causing trouble because someone did not know how to handle her issues when they arose... but she is the equivalent to a move in ready house.
She really loves all of the kids and likes the other animals too! (until eating time.)
If you're interested in Ruby email me at pupfostermom(at)gmail(dot)com. I've already received one email of interest so email fast if you even THINK you might want her. These small dogs go quick!


Annie on Tuesday, 09 September, 2008 said...

Dear Dog Whisperer,

I have a neighbor.....

Anyway, cute dog. There is just nothing better than a well trained dog.

The Brown's on Wednesday, 10 September, 2008 said...

Hey girl. Any advice on house breaking a 4 month old cocker spaniel? Would totally love to visit with you via email or phone on the subject of dogs. bcbrown@ccc-cable.net

Amanda and Justin Dreyer on Wednesday, 10 September, 2008 said...

Did the other dog already get adopted? This one's cute. We have definitely had our share of food aggressive dogs!

Ana on Wednesday, 10 September, 2008 said...

I'll tellya, I'm impressed with what you are doing to rescue these dogs. If we ever make it to NC I'll be contacting you for a dog. Do you ship dogs to other states for a fee? Just curious in case I come across someone local who is interested.

Mandy on Thursday, 11 September, 2008 said...

Amanda, Dakota is still with us. She just got put on the adoption websites.. but with her pitbull mix I'm worried ppl will be misinformed and avoid her. It's really sad b/c out of the FOUR dogs we currently own, she is the MOST gentle and the MOST patient!

Mandy on Thursday, 11 September, 2008 said...


I do know that dogs are shipped out of state. In fact, here in the south we STRIVE to get them out of state and into the hands of more responcible pet owners.

I've never had to do that myself, but I have three GREAT ppl to get in contact with if the need ever arises.

Anonymous said...

I take offense to the last comment you made on this page..."here in the south we STRIVE to get them out of state and into the hands of more responcible (SP?) pet owners."

There are plenty of responsible pet owners in THIS state (AR) just like in all other states around the country. Just because some people don't take care of their animals doesn't mean we should all be put in that category. Trust me, there are as many irresponsible people in other states as there are here when it comes to animals and animal abuse.

Mandy on Monday, 15 September, 2008 said...

Anonymous -

First, don't be afraid.. you don't have to post incognito to say I have offended you. ;)

Second, I didn't mean it to sound so harsh. Trust me, I AM a responsible pet owner in the south.. so you are right that there are many good ones here.

Unfortunately, as a whole, the south statistically does a poor job of caring for its pets. I'm not sure why but it's worth digging into the matter more. I think a lot of it has to do with just difficult money times. People want cute puppies, get them, and then are shocked to see how much vet bills cost. Routine things like shots and spaying/neutering just never happen... hence a huge pet explosion each and every spring. It's a huge problem.. but I think education is the answer. If ppl know of things like the Bob Barker Grant money that the Humane Society gets to help low income families cover the cost of altering their pets, I'm SURE they would get it done.

So, I do apologize for wrongly accusing all southerners for being poor pet owners. I did not mean it that way, though it is how i said it.

For the record, the two dogs we've adopted out went to ppl in AR... and I hand selected them from numerous applications. So, I don't discriminate by state. :)

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