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Yellow Labrador Retriever / Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler / Mixed (short coat) : : Female (spayed)
Shasta was brought to us by a dedicated rescuer working to remove dogs, especially females who are bred year after year, from the reservations. Shasta came to us very pregnant and gave birth 4 days later. On November 7, 2020, her four beautiful babies - our Soda Pup Litter - were born!
From her rescuer, we know that Shasta had quite a few litters over the last couple of years, and we are elated to be able to end her puppy weaning days forever. Shasta is now spayed with a clean bill of health, and we are ready to find her forever family! Shasta has been through a lot, and has lived a tough life, and she could not show us more clearly how grateful she is to have the life she does now. Shasta is sweet, obedient, playful, affectionate, energetic and eager to please. She has learned to like squeak toys and chews, and she chomps on bones/antlers/hooves with the best of them! She is crate and house trained in her foster home, and she is looking for a home with a fenced yard. Shasta loves to play with her doggie foster siblings, and we would love to find her a forever home with a doggie playmate or two (we have learned that she's slow to warm up to new dogs, so she'll need proper intros and patience but, once she trusts, she loves to play! She's befriended about 2 dozen dogs since being with us for 3 months.). She's looking for a home without children under 7 as we haven't been able to test her with kids that young. She has not been cat tested and, therefore, cannot be placed in a home with cats.
A note from foster mom: Before coming to Paw Placement, Shasta lived as an outdoor dog on an unsecured piece of land in Pinetop, where she largely had to fend for herself (and, of course, any puppies she had at the time). We think she had cared for (or, at least, tried to care for) a few hearty litters on her own before she could be rescued. The women who networked her into our organization would actually drive out to the property to give her food, so her and her doggie family wouldn’t completely starve in the mean time. By the beginning of November, she was about a week out from giving birth again, but this time she was warm and safe, living in my home with a bedroom to herself and full access to anything she could ever need. A week later, she gave birth to four healthy puppies and, for the next two months, she raised them as both the perfect mother, and the perfect dog. Truth be told, Shasta hasn’t been much, if any, trouble to foster despite the way she was living before. She is truly every foster mom’s dream, even alongside caring for four large breed puppies. Especially since she’s been fixed, the more recent weeks I’ve spent with her have been particularly fun as new sides of her personality seem to be coming out. She loves playing with other dogs, she’s got the zoomies in her blood and she’s just as agile as she is fast. She’s been taking a bigger interest in toys lately, too. Just the other day, she actually dug a specific plushie out of the toy bin and laid on her bed with it for some squeaky time. At one point, she even flipped on her back and had the toy up in the air with her paws. Yes, it was ADORABLE! She hasn’t been a super vocal dog, but she does let a low silly howl seep out from time to time, and she does puff and groan in her sleep pretty often. Personally, I think it’s appreciation and I find those moments so endearing. To see her feeling so free and content, after hearing how she lived the first part of her life, brings me peace. I want Shasta to have a life that’s so good, she doesn’t have room to live with any memories from her past. If you think you can give that to her, then I hope you’ll apply.
If you are interested in adopting, please complete an adoption application. Because we are still understaffed due to COVID19, we will only be able to email those applicants that are approved to schedule a meet and greet. Thank you in advance for your understanding if you don't hear back from us regarding your application.
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Good with Dogs, Good with Kids, Good with Adults