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Australian Shepherd / Shiba Inu / Mixed (short coat) : : Female (spayed)
Story came to Paw Placement after a long of life of birthing litter after litter of puppies. Story spent her entire life outside, her only shelter an old dog house, with little human contact. She truly lived a miserable life for the first 8 years of her life, and being able to give her the life she so deserves has been an honor for us at Paw Placement.
Story had emergency surgery for pyometra when she first arrived. She, along with her three-week-old puppies, made the long journey from northern AZ, and the transporter could immediately see (and smell) that momma Story was not healthy. Our phenomenal veterinary team went to work on what they claim was one of the worst cases of pyometra (an infection of the uterus and, in Story's case, the surrounding abdominal cavity) they'd ever seen. After a successful surgery, Story had to be separated from her puppies to recover for a few weeks. And it was a rough few weeks for her. She didn't understand her new life. After 8 years of living outside with no restrictions, why was she suddenly inside? And locked in a crate because she needed strict crate rest to recover, no less? Why were these humans always looking at her and talking to her? Why couldn't she just be outside where she was comfortable, why couldn't she be alone? Story held her bladder and bowels for days due to stress; she broke out of her crate in a panic when she couldn't hold it any longer, and ran around in terror looking for an exit. Her whole life changed overnight, and she was confused, and stressed, and wanted to be left alone.
But, with patience and persistence, as the weeks passed, Story came to trust her new humans, and enjoyed the pets and the treats, the soft bedding and the climate control. Story gained weight, adjusted to a potty schedule, came to love her new people, and gained more freedom in her foster home.
Today Story is a new dog. Though she can still be slow to warm up to new people, dogs and experiences, she's living her best life in her foster home. She loves to romp and play with her doggie foster siblings, she enjoys chomping on elk antlers and the occasional nylabone, and she adores getting loves and attention from her people. If we hadn't know her age from her previous owner, we would've guessed she was middle aged, maybe 5 or 6, because she certainly doesn't act like an 8 year old girl, and she's nimble and agile now that she's on a healthy diet of nutritious food. Story is house trained and crate trained in her foster home, and she needs her forever home to have a house with a yard. We likely wouldn't place Story in a home with young children as we don't know how she would react.
If you were to adopt Story, what should you expect? Well, she'll likely avoid you for about a week. She'll prefer to be in her crate, alone. She'll be suspicious and wary. She might not potty for a few days, she may not eat much. She'll likely need to drag a long leash to be caught when out in the yard. And then, around day 6 or 7, when you say, "good morning girl," just like you have every other morning, she'll wag her tail as you open the door to her crate. You'll try not to squeal with excitement as you keep it cool, and lead the way outside. As you stroll outside in the yard, she'll potty immediately, and then drift back over to you, tail wagging, hesitant and nervous, but wanting so badly for you to stroke her soft fur. She'll smile as you pet her chest, then hop away and roll in the grass, scratching her back in the sunshine. This will be your breakthrough day; this day will be your reward for your patience and persistence. And, from this day until the day she gains her wings, Story will remind you that she is grateful you chose her.
Story's breed is an absolute mystery. She's a smallish medium girl, about 40 pounds, and the reservation where she lived most of her life has largely herding breeds. Her face shape and her smaller size make us think of a shiba inu, perhaps mixed with the herding breeds that are so common there.
If you are interested in adopting, or have additional questions, please complete an adoption application and a volunteer will be in touch. We thank you in advance for your patience as we are still short staffed due to COVID and are returning inquiries as quickly as we can.
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