Rabbit has a heart of gold
Update: Jan 2016
Rabbit has been in a foster home for about 5 months, and house living suits her just fine! Some of Rabbit’s favorite comforts in life are curling up on the couch, running for an ice cube when she hears the ice dispenser, spending hours stretched out in the sun, dragging her blanket around with her, and playing with 1 (or 3) of her squeak toys. She will still have the occasional housebreaking accident, but those are few and far between. Obedience training is easy with Rabbit. She is motivated by food and even more by praise. Rabbit loves her foster mom and dad, but that was hard-earned trust. Rabbit is fearful of strangers and responds with barking and growling. Left unguarded and without steady reassurance, she will try to nip to warn people out of her space, but she’s working to overcome her jitters because she’s a lover at heart. Her foster mom and dad can give her big bear hugs, play with her ears, clip her nails, and bathe her with no signs of aggression. Rabbit wants a forever home that understands life started rough and that she needs lots of patience and someone to help her keep building her confidence. She’d do best in a home that doesn’t have a ton of visitors and that doesn’t travel too much. There are no children in her foster home, but Rabbit does have quite the kid’s fan club in the neighborhood and is not fearful of that size human. She seeks attention from the kids even when they approach on bikes or with flapping mittens. Rabbit has been getting along great from day one with the dog in her foster home. They both enjoy vigorous wrestling matches. Rabbits also loves going to the dog park to burn off energy and gets along well with her doggie friends there. She’d probably do best in a home with a dog buddy because Rabbit has occasional separation anxiety. She does great without being crated while mom and dad are at work, but occasionally if she’s left in the evening, she will chew up off-limits items. Crating has not been the solution for her anxiety because she gets anxious in the crate. Rabbit thrives on routine and does best when her foster home is having a quiet week that she can predict. Overall, Rabbit has a heart of gold but needs a patient owner to help her reveal it. She genuinely wants to please people and make friends. Given time, she’s a tail-wagging, goofy, energetic (in bursts) dog. She’ll follow “her” people around like a shadow and take every belly rub and “good girl” she can get.
Update: Feb 2015
I have been in the kennel now for a number of weeks and while I am doing very very well in there I would really like to have a home to call my own. I am learning my basic commands but it would be easier for me if I was in a home and had constant reinforcement of what my ques are supposed to be. I am a lover and still just a big goofy puppy!
Rabbit is a 2 year old harlequin vision impaired female with natural ears who came to rescue after fighting with other dogs in her home. When Rabbit came into rescue she weighed 81 pounds. Now that she is eating regular meals she has put on 10 pounds in a very short time. Rabbit is very timid of new things as she has peripheral vision issues so things that come from the side or rear cause her to startle. She requires a home that will work slowly with her to be comfortable; once she warms up to you she is all loves. Rabbit will sit for treats and is extremely treat motivated. She has gone from being a dog that did not want touches to a allowing a full body exam within in a few weeks. We will be evaluating dogs and cats within the next week. At this time we don’t recommend cats or other dogs.
Update 9/9/17 – Rabbit has been in her foster home for two years now. She still craves a place where there is routine and if there are house guests, they consist of the same people, so that Rabbit can learn to trust them. She loves belly rubs, a sunny couch, a couple of walks a day, and lots and lots of love. Rabbit still experiences separation anxiety sometimes when her foster mom and dad go away and will still chew off limit items on occasion. However, she usually is just fine and is a good dog while she waits for mom and dad to get home. Rabbit’s foster mom and dad have discovered that she’s not fond of strangers. They have decided that its best just to tell adults who are interested in her that she is not comfortable being petted by strangers. When people come into the house, Rabbit will bark and must be kept on a leash until she can settle. After the guest is in the house, her foster mom and dad encourage Rabbit to just retreat to her couch or another space. This seems to help although she sometimes needs her mom and dad to get up and reassure her if the guest is going to get up and walk around. Since Rabbit is no longer asked to be on guard with people approaching, her body language when she sees people on her outdoor walks is much more relaxed. She generally takes a look and keeps on moving or sniffs the air to check out the person. She walks well on leash and has even improved in her ability to stay calm when she sees her dog friends in the neighborhood. There are only one or two dogs that tempt her to jump around a bit; the rest she looks at but keeps on moving. Rabbit’s foster mom and dad believe the best adoption scenario would be if Rabbit could go to her new forever home after her new owners visit her several times at her foster home or after Rabbit visits them a couple of times. This is how Rabbit got to know her foster grandparents and now she does excellent with them both at their home and when they com to visit.