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Sierra is Ready for her Furever Family

Sierra is a sweet puppy ready for a family to love her unconditionally. She used to live with a more senior couple who wanted Sierra to be with a family that could give her the attention and love she needed. In the past few weeks she has learned how to be a very playful pup! She plays and loves very hard and she enjoys being with playmates.

Age: 7 months

Weight: 52 lbs

Health: Sierra is in great health and comes with all her vet records from when she was 10 weeks old to 6.5 months. She has had all vaccines, including Bordetella, Rabies, Lyme, and DAHPP. She had an ear infection in February but it was treated. She is heartworm negative and is microchipped.
She is heartworm negative and is microchipped.

Personality: Sierra is a very sweet pup. Her original owners said she was opinionated and lively, but since she has had a playmate, she keeps occupied and is a joy to have in the house. All Sierra wants is to be loved and included. She stays by her people while they work, eat and sleep. She is a huge snuggle-bug in bed and makes herself super comfortable around the house on the couches and futon. She does sleep on the floor and on dog beds as well. When she is tired at the end of the night, she will lay on your lap as long as you let her. She loves being brushed and petted – especially on her belly. She will flop to her back immediately and just let you rub her belly.

She is generally calm around the house, although her and her foster brother have bouts where they wrestle or run around like the crazy young pups they are. But, she is just as content laying in the grass chewing sticks or relaxing on the living room floor. She loves spending time outside. She is startled by sudden noises, such as trash collection at the school, sirens, or anything else out of the ordinary she senses. She will almost always respond to those with a growl and series of barks to alert you and her foster brother. We think she is also protective at times – e.g., when her foster dad enters the room after she is already asleep with her foster mom, she growls and barks as well.

Sierra

Sierra is not the biggest eater, but it could just be the stage of growth she is in right now, as she only eats when she is hungry. She does love snacks, such as biscuits, bananas, peanut butter (in a Kong), meat/fish/cheese of any kind, and other random foods (sugar snap peas, mandarin oranges, strawberries). She will take these very nicely from your hand (most of the time). She shares food and water very well and I will often catch her and her foster brother eating or drinking out of the same bowl at times (her foster brother doesn’t like sharing food as much).

She had a bath at our place and was very calm – it helped she had some peanut butter to lick off the tub wall too! She now loves the tub and when we turn the water on, her and her foster brother climb on in to drink the water there.

Sierra does get a little excited and will jump up on you (or the table), so this is something she needs some work on yet.
When she does steal laundry, she is very reluctant to give it up. She has a tight grip and if you try to take it from her, she will growl at times. We have been trying to keep her away from laundry or say ‘no’ and spray with water and have had some luck. She has only done this clamping down with her mouth with clothes and a toothbrush. She will let you brush her teeth, but when she decides she’s done, she will clamp down and you cannot get it out of her mouth.

Fears: Sierra was unsure around stairs and our sliding door the first few days, but has overcome those insecurities really quick. I don’t believe she likes to be left alone, especially if her foster brother or mom is the one leaving. She is used to her foster mom being home all day with her and when I leave the house, she becomes more lethargic and won’t really eat or play (according to her foster dad).

Favorite Toys/Games: Sierra’s favorite toy is by far any ball, especially tennis balls that squeak. This was the first toy she played with when she got to our foster home. She will play ball by herself, but also loves to play ball with her foster brother (by nosing it to him or trying to steal his). She will chase balls, but may not always bring them back. She has a soft mouth and lets you take the tennis ball out of her mouth easily. After a week or so, she has been discovering the other toys in the house and will carry a stuffed animal or will chew on a bone if she feels like it. I haven’t seen her de-stuff a toy yet! Her foster brother recently taught her how to play tug, but you need to keep an eye that she tugs appropriate items. She will tug ropes, sticks, stuffed animals, and clothing (yes, be aware of this!). She is a laundry thief and would just carry around socks, shorts, etc. and curl up with them. Other than ripping one shirt due to playing tug with her foster brother, she hasn’t destroyed any other clothing.

Behavior in Cars: Sierra did just fine in the car. She sat in the back seat with her foster brother for a 30 minute drive no problem. She tends to sit instead of laying down and will wander around the back seat until she is comfortable, but she was a very quiet passenger!

Interaction with dogs: At first, Sierra was very submissive and shy around her foster brother who is one month older than her. Within 2 days she started initiating play with him (by pawing at him) and now they play, run, and cuddle together on a daily basis. Now, they are both equally dominant/submissive with one another. She had a visit with an 8-yr old golden who played with her foster brother – she mostly sniffed the dog and observed their playtime. A few times she tried to join in, but may not be confident enough to jump in with 2 other dogs just yet until she learns her place with them. Although she loves being near her foster brother, she is independent and would rather sleep with or near her people, even when her foster brother is in another room.

We took Sierra to a training class with 6 other dogs (all breeds/ages/energies) and for the first 15 minutes, she was overwhelmed and would growl or bark at the other dogs. After calming down, she was more focused on training with me than bothering with the other dogs.

She tends to get worked up when she hears neighbor dogs in their yards and growls and barks, especially if the other dog is barking at her. We have been trying to work with her on this.

Siera with ball

Interaction with cats: Sierra has not had any direct contact with cats, although at dog training, she saw the cat that lives there and didn’t have any negative reactions, such as barking, growling or lunging.

Interaction with children: Sierra has had no interaction with children at her current foster home, and we know her original owners didn’t have young children either.

Fence requirements: Sierra would do best with a family with a fenced-in yard. She has never tried to escape or jump the 4-ft fence, so a lower fence is fine. She loves greeting our neighbor through the fence. Her foster brother is a digger, but we have only seen her dig once or twice near the fence, and it’s usually because she drops a tennis ball in the hole and tries to get it out.

Leash manners: Sierra gets excited to go places and on walks. She is very strong and needs a harness and more practice leash walking.

House Trained: Other than a few mishaps in the first few days being in foster, Sierra has not had accidents since. She does struggle with submissive or excited pees, especially when someone comes home or when someone leaves that she is very attached to. They have become less frequent since she has been here, but it is something she would have to work on as she gets more comfortable in her forever home.

Available date: now

Adoption fee: $500

Note: We were told Sierra slept in a crate at her previous owner’s place, but we were unable to get her in one to sleep the first two nights, so we haven’t crated her since she has been here. She has been perfectly fine if we leave and she is in the house with her foster brother and/or other dogs. She has never chewed anything inappropriate in the house. She had some initial training with her original owners, so can sit and go down, and enthusiastically gives you her paw (even if you don’t ask for it). We think she would do well with a little more training once she finds her forever home. She has been a great addition to our family while in foster.

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