Available for Adoption
Belle is a 2 year old, female, English Foxhound mix that was turned into a local animal shelter as an owner surrender. She was put into the shelter’s behavioral modification program due to her shyness and fear issues, but it was soon decided that she would do much better in a home in foster care.
Belle’s nervousness/shyness is due to the lack of socialization she received as she spent the beginnings of her life tied up outside. From the start we found that Belle was very nervous being handled. Once getting a hold of her, she would allow all handling, but would tuck her tail and shake. Loud noises would send her running for cover. Being inside a home was such a new and scary thing, that she would spend most of the time pacing back and forth between the doors, or hiding down the hallway. Outside in the yard (which is a 6 foot stockade fence), we initially had to keep her on a 30 foot lead, otherwise we would not be able to get her back into the house because of her fear of new people (especially men-she does much better with women inititially). Belle did however gain tons of confidence from her canine foster brothers and sisters, and really looked to them for guidance.
Now Belle will lie near us on the couch, cuddled with one of her dog friends, go back into the house when she is told to, goes straight into her crate, handles loud noises much better, and comes to both my husband and I to be rubbed and loved up on. She will never be what people think of as a “normal” dog. Belle will only be able to go to a home with a 6-foot stockade fence, and it will need to have another well-balanced dog or even better, dogs. Her new home will need to understand this type of “shy” dog, and be willing to give her a lot of time and space, and never leave her unobserved outdoors.
UTD on Vaccinations: Yes
Heartworm Test Results: Negative
Heartworm Prevention: Yes
Flea/Tick Prevention: Yes
Housebroken: Will have an occasional accident if frightened
I am located in the Rochester, NY area. Please check with my foster mom about my attendance at Meet & Greets.