located in Calgary
Photos courtesy of K:10 Photography
March is THE spunky, fun loving, young lady you need to meet!
March (lovingly known as Missy in her foster home) is a medium sized shepherd mix. Under no fault of her own, she has already had some ups and downs already in life, but her personality and spunk do not let that show. She is a fun, loving, smart, active pup who loves meeting people and other dogs. Her tail is always wagging full steam ahead, and lovingly greets us when we arrive home for the day. She is a quick learner and has many tricks up her sleeves (so to speak). Her forever home should continue work on basic manners so that she can become a well-rounded addition to your family.
She does great with our resident dogs, and in the past has done well with older children (10 years and older). She loves playing with her foster fur siblings and is a very social pup. She loves going for walks, but could use some additional loose leash training, but also loves balls, belly rubs, car rides and cuddling…hopefully you can handle her laying on top of you cuz she will make herself right at home …she thinks she’s a small puppy still! But the cuddles and snuggles are sweet either way! If you are sitting down, she will come and rest her head on you and take a nap. During car rides, she settles down very quickly and is very well-behaved. She would love to go on adventures and road trips with you!
She came from a very loving family who sadly couldn’t afford to take her to the vet but knew at the time that something was wrong. Her family consisted of older fur siblings and some of the human variety as well!! Her family made the hard decision to get her the care that she needed. When she first came into care, we knew she was loved. She was already so well behaved and knew some fun tricks! Now she is also fully house trained, and crate trained! When she needs to go outside, she will sit at the back door. She sleeps in her crate every night as we acknowledge the importance of crate training in case she ever needs to stay in a crate overnight somewhere (vet, friends house, etc). She sleeps through the night and won’t make a fuss til it’s time to get up for the day.
Currently this sweet young lady is on crate rest with supervised activity and pain medications while she heals from a hip fracture. If the fracture doesn’t heal on its own, she may require surgery. We are told both the fracture and surgery are common; but may lead to some long term and/or future care needs. The AARCS adoptions coordinator, the medical team, and the foster home are all happy to discuss this with you. With that, March is truly looking for a long term commitment from a loving family, individual or couple that offer her a true FOREVER home, no matter what comes up in the future for her.
March would love to find a forever home that is game for some fun adventures where she can continue to meet lots of people, dogs and explore new things. If she sounds like a good fit for your home and lifestyle, she would love to meet you! If you are interested in becoming her forever home, please apply to meet her!
UPDATE August 29, 2018:
In June 2018, March underwent FHO surgery on her hip. She is doing really well with her healing and ongoing at-home rehab. She has been cleared medically for adoption although full healing may take around 6 months. She is active, healthy and enjoying her short daily walks, while using her leg more and more every day.
March is on a daily glucosamine supplement to assist in preventative care for her hips and joints and should remain on a supplement for life. She is also on Proin, a medication to assist with incontinence. She does not need it every day, but may also require this medication for life. Currently her foster home is slowly reducing the dose as much as possible as recommended by her vet. Ideally, we would like to figure out the lowest dose that she requires for control.
March would do best with an experienced dog parent; a parent with medical and/or behaviour knowledge would be an asset in ensuring March makes a full recovery and continues to work on her doggie skills. Potential homes for March may include older dog savvy children, or a medium energy polite dog. She does well with most dogs, but has become dog selective so each home with a resident dog will be interviewed on a case by case basis. She does well with dogs who match her energy level and play techniques. She would benefit from a well-trained dog companion to reinforce and further teach positive behaviour as she does feed off the other dog’s energy. She is not suitable for younger kids as she can be protective of her people, food, and her food dish – some behaviour training follow ups may be required. Ideally she does well in a quiet to medium level of energy home, and may do ok in a home with a dog savvy cat who respects her personal space, and can sense her body language when it’s time to move away. March has had limited recent experience with cats and tenses up when they come close and want her attention. Please note, she does have a slight prey drive for rabbits while on walks.
March will require ongoing training with her recall, and accepting treats with a gentle mouth. She eats out of a slow feeder bowl or a stuffed Kong, otherwise she inhales her food.
March’s foster parents are willing to chat with you on the phone prior to arranging the first official meet and greet to answer any preliminary questions you may have. Multiple meet and greets are likely required, especially if other animals or children are involved to provide March some time to interact with new people, fur-children, and to new surroundings.
Please don’t let this update scare you away from applying for March. She truly is a sweet girl, but AARCS and her foster family are being extra cautious and patient so March can find her forever (and ever) home. She has bounced around a bit and has been on limited activities recovering from surgery during those key socialization periods. We are looking for the right fit who understands what she needs in order to maintain her long term mental and physical health. If you think you can provide this for March, please apply today.
Good with Cats?
Limited interaction, dog savvy cats only.
Good with Dogs?
Good with most dogs, is dog selective.
Good with Kids?
Older children preferred
Does this Animal have Special Needs?
March has undergone FHO surgery, she is almost fully recovered and her leg is only expected to get stronger over time.
She is on medication for incontinence and may be for life. Also on a Glucosamine supplement – recommended for life.