Posted in 2012 Archive
Being fostered in Illinois.
Hi, I’m Jamie! I’m an adorable little girl who’s good with dogs, cats, and kids (special needs too!). I love my toys and I’ll an agile little girl who zips up and down stairs. I don’t know why I ended up here, but I’m a loving girl who will sneak into your lap and steal your heart.
To find out more about me, please fill out the Adoption Application so someone on the adoption team can contact you and let you know more about me!
To read more about me, see below! My foster mama and daddy typed up a nice little bit about me to help you get to know who I am!
TEMPERAMENT & BEHAVIOR
Exposure to children? Yes!! Jamie lived with special needs children prior to entering the foster system. She does lovely with children of all ages. We live right next to a school and a family resource center. She is constantly meeting children between the ages of 3 and 12 and she has never shown aggression towards them. In fact, she loves their attention.
Good with other dogs? Yes.
Comments about behavior with other dogs: She is initially hesitant of other dogs—BUT she loves other dachshunds. If the other dog is not a doxie, she will bark at them until she gets to know them. If they are a doxie, she doesn’t bark at all. She’s an odd ball. All toys are HER toys in her mind. She will be grumpy if a new dog tries to take HER toys (i.e. any toy in her sight ESPECIALLY if that toy is a squeaky toy). She gives a warning growl to other dogs who come too close too soon. But once she knows the dog, she curls up with them on the couch or dog bed (as she is doing right now with my Copper). She has been introduced to 2 senior doxies, 1 young adult basset, 1 20 week old goldendoodle puppy, and 2 adult chow mixes. She’s fine with them all after about 30 minutes of getting to know them. When you introduce a new dog to Jamie just make sure all the toys and rawhides are picked up so she won’t feel like she has to defend her goods.
Good with cats? Yes.
Comments about behavior with cats: Jamie ignores the cats completely. We have 3 in the house and she keeps to herself.
Good with birds, parrots, etc. Unknown
Good with other pets Unknown
Can climb stairs? Yes
Comments about stairs: Jamie is very agile and speeds up and down a full flight of stairs regularly to get in and out of our home.
Pulls on a leash? Yes, but she’s so little it doesn’t matter so much. A child could walk her just fine.
Comments about pulling on a leash: Jamie will occasionally pull to the point that she starts gagging. Just stop her and make her settle then restart the walk. She really wants a long walk before she’ll go to the bathroom.
Food aggressive? Yes—but only to dogs, not people or children.
Comments about food aggressiveness: I recommend that Jamie is crate fed or fed in a separate room from other dogs. She DOES NOT care if people come by and pick up her food, take it away, etc. She only cares if another dog is going to take her food. She seems to be getting better about this as long as she knows the dog. I currently feed her and the basset I own separated by a baby gate. If she “finishes” her food, she’s fine letting Copper clean up the remainder in the bowl. Just as long as she is trying to currently eat from the same bowl.
Has allergies? No
Type of family life? Doesn’t care, prefers someone who is home regularly, but does not need to be home 100% of time.
Comments about family life: Jamie likes being around people. She will move from a comfy spot on the couch to sleep on the cold, hard kitchen tile floor just to be near you. She does not beg for attention, but if you are giving another dog attention she will try to weasel herself into your lap. She is great with children and has previously lived with them just fine. She loves snuggling under the covers if you’ll let her sleep in your bed or in a child’s bed. Although, be warned, she will try to sleep horizontally on your bed! (Taking up prime pillow space). =]
Jamie is an alpha dog. If you have other dogs, she’ll adjust but there will need to be a transition period. If you’re giving treats, she needs to be given a treat first. Or else she gets a little cranky that another dog got one before her. She’s a sassy girl.
She will bark when you leave and when you come back (she’s excited to see you!). Crating her before you leave seems to help quiet her and make her feel more secure. As part-doxie, she’s a vocal girl when she wants to go out, alert you to something, etc., but she has loooooong periods of quiet as she naps in her crate, on your couch, in a dog bed, etc.
List anything the dog is afraid of : Nothing really. She will bark when you leave because she doesn’t want to see you go, but she quiets down especially if you crate her first.
Tell us about your foster basset: Jamie is a very sweet girl! She loves to be petted gently and will even give kisses. She loves to play with toys (and hoard them) but mostly just likes a nice, comfy dog bed, blanket, or chair to curl up in when inside. She will make an excellent companion for a gentle, loving home with or without children present!