Demaris

  • AARCS ID# A37928171
  • Female
  • Breed: Shepherd/Siberian Husky/Mixed
  • Dog
  • Est. DOB: 2/27/2017
  • Size: Medium
  • located in Calgary

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    Photos courtesy of Kayli McClelland Photography

    Did you just say walk?!?

    Demaris came to AARCS through a rescue drive and she was in some desperate need of love and care. In her few months with AARCS she has had the required medical attention and has been working non stop on learning what it is like to be a dog of leisure. Nothing is better than getting to go for a nice walk and then get to watch her foster mom work in the yard….or better yet chill out on the couch….Netflix and chill anyone?

    Her favorite series right now is Supernatural…..I think she has a thing for Jensen Ackles…hubba hubba.

    Demaris had a hip surgery to try and fix the damage to her hind leg but unfortunately it was ultimately too injured to be saved. She was lucky enough to already be a proficient tripod walker and once the hurt leg was removed she was up and raring to go! Demaris will never be a long distance runner but loves nothing more than going on her daily adventures investigating the various streets and parks in her neighborhood. She is an amazing leash walker and as she gains belief in herself her personality is slowly coming out of its shell. She does have some interest in the fluffy bunnies she sees while out walking but once they see her and start on their hippity hoppity way she generally lets go of her interest.

    She will need someone who will work with her confidence levels and is willing to take the time needed to slowly introduce her into new things and situations. Once she gains confidence in certain situations she never looks back but getting past the hump of fear does take patience and time. Demaris needs to be able to make up her mind on situations and needs a lot of positive reinforcement through touch and verbal support in order to gain that confidence. She is not much of a foodie….except for cheese (a girl after her foster mothers own heart) so being able to engage in a positive manner that is not based on food reward is key! Demaris spends her day in an open space with some toys and her couch. On the big screen tv she watches doggie tv, listens to her music and chills till her foster mom comes home. She has extreme anxiety to being caged/kenneled and would do best in a situation where she has access to an area of the home (few rooms) where her bed is and a separate space to relax and contemplate on how freaking good life now is.

    We generally try to get out for 2-3 walks a day, 2 short and 1 longer and once Demaris got over her initial fears of being in the home she has not had an accident in the house. She lives with 2 adult cats that they give sniffs to every once in a while but for the most part leave each other alone and they are indifferent to each other. Other humans, both kids & adults, are all still a little scary to Demaris but when approached in a calm, controlled manner she is starting to see that there is the possibility of love and ear scratches from multiple sources. It would be best that she be the only dog in the home, if there is another dog introduced it needs to be slow and controlled interactions. Demaris is food evasive, meaning that she has nervous tendencies about eating when in other peoples presence and will avoid eating until she is in control of the situation….just one of her little quirks that with some encouragement and confidence in her new environment will continue to correct itself over time.

    Is this seat next to you taken? No? I will sit here next to you then….pet me, pet me, pet me!

    • AARCS_cat
      Good with Cats?
      Yes, Good with Cats
    • AARCS_dog
      Good with Dogs?
      Very slow and monitored introduction required
    • AARCS_KidTested
      Good with Kids?
      Not tested with Kids
    • AARCS_SpecialNeeds
      Does this Animal have Special Needs?
      Both, Medical and Behavioral

      Recovering from leg amputation and continued support to help with her confidence and anxiety