Meet Dragonfly! This good luck charm was rescued from a high kill shelter in Texas and arrived to her foster in Virginia on 15 May 2021. She is estimated about 3 years according to her paperwork, but its possible she is a little younger.While she is still setting in, here is what is known so far:
Good in the car - On her way home from transport, she stood for a bit before laying down and relaxing for the reminder of the ride. She rides will with her foster brother in the back seat of a Corolla and was an angel for two 3 hour+ drives with him.
Very friendly to humans - She is very friendly with strangers and on our walks she has attempted to walk over to nearby people to greet them. She also also met kids ages 3-10 and was on her best behavior, though due to her energy and mouthing she is probably better to have around kids 8 and older.
Large dog friendly - She met the 75lb resident GSD mix and within two hours they are the best of friends and LOVE to play. She can be hit and miss while out on walks when it comes to reacting to other dogs nearby (like many dogs), but she did this during her introduction walk with her foster brother also so it seems to be more excitement. Still needs to be tested with small dogs.
High prey drive - She failed her cat test before transport, and growled at the neighborhood cat once at her foster. She tends to lunge at squirrels, chipmunks, etc. With some obedience training, she should be able to be redirected without too much issue but not recommended for people with resident cats, bunnies, etc.
Leash walking & reactivity - She does pretty well on a leash though she tends to zig zag around to explore. She doesn't pull much unless there is a small critter or another dog as she is leash reactive like many dogs. However, she's also attended adoption events around other dogs and hasn't reacted much to them, and has also been suddenly approached by an off leash dog (large male Golden Retriever) during a walk and she didn't react at all, instant friends!
Some basic training - She came to her foster seemingly knowing no basic commands and has since learned "sit", "down", and "paw", and she's making good progress with "wait"!
Good in crate (mostly)- She has slept in her crate at night with no issue and even takes naps there throughout the week. If her humans are home, she will hang in her crate without much fuss, but if she knows you've left the house she will bark and whine for a while to let you know she's not happy.
Separation Anxiety - If you leave the house at all without her, Dragonfly is not happy. She will bark and whine fairly consistently the entire time you're gone and doesn't settle easily even with the aid of toys, frozen Kongs, tv/radio, etc. She's destroyed her crate bed and cover once after being in her crate about 4 hours. For this reason, she would do best with a family who is home more often than not as this will take time to work through with her.
Heartworm positive* - Dragonfly tested positive for heartworms while down in TX and has completed a month's dose of doxycycline pills to help manage it. Once treatments begin, her physical activity will need to be restricted for a while. However, once she is HW negative, she will be a great running/hiking buddy due to her energy.
Mastered the stairs - Being a TX dog, she wasn't used to climbing stairs BUT after a day of watching her foster brother charge up and down them, she gave them another try. She now regularly charges up/down stairs with no fear whatsoever - both backed and backless steps!
*Heartworm treatment costs will be covered by SSR at approved facilitates.
More about Dragonfly 1998
Not Good with Cats, Somewhat vocal
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