Foster Location: St. Louis, MO
Age: 3 years (7-7-2012)
Weight: 45 lbs
Kids: Yes! Calmer kids only
Dogs: Yes! 15lbs and up
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Matilda came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased at a commercial breeder dog auction.
Matilda is a happy girl but life in a pet home was more scary for her initially. She was very unsure of life initially and would cower in her kennel and pancake down when we went to pet her. In just the first few weeks of being in a home, she has already started to show progress. She is scared of being picked up (and, who are we kidding, she's heavy to carry as well!) so her foster mom put a leash and harness on her and has been leading her inside and outside for potty breaks. This has been a turning point for her as she is much more comfortable with this routine and has been learning to walk well on a leash. She is even starting to come out of her kennel willingly and is coming inside and outside on her own. Though coming back inside is still a work in progress for her. She is also learning stairs like a champ. While she does want and greatly enjoys human attention, she is still learning to trust and come out of her shell. She seems to get along well with every human she meets as long as they take it slow with her and let her come to them. She will still sometimes run away when approached but then stops and pancakes/cowers down. If her foster mom puts the leash on her and starts walking, she will pop back up and is happy to walk along on a leash. She just needs time to gain more confidence and we are sure she will over time, as she has already made so much progress in such a short time. While she has only been in foster care for a short while, seems to do well with the other dogs of all sizes in her current foster home, but seems to do best with dogs that are a little bigger - 15lbs and up.
Matilda is currently still working on potty training. While she has been doing well with going potty outside, a regular, consistent schedule will help with her continued potty training in her new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with her. She has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in her kennel during the night or when her foster family happens to leave the home. For her safety, we recommend that she keep a similar crating schedule when her humans are away from the home and/or she is left unsupervised so she is safe and secure while no one is home. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of and how to be a pet.
Medically, Matilda seems to be in great health! She has now been spayed, updated on all vaccinations/dewormings, had her cherry eye removed, had a dental and had a small grown removed on her left front leg. Other than that, she currently has no known health issues and seems to be a healthy girl!
Matilda would do well in almost any type of home but since she is still working on potty training, and does not know how to potty on a leash, a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). A home with quiet children will be preferred as she still gets scared easily. She is not fear aggressive AT ALL, she just freezes and pancakes down when she gets scared or nervous. We also think she'd love to go work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office as long as it was a quiet, calm environment. She is a quiet girl, and loves to just hang out near her people! If not, she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Matilda, please submit an adoption application for her today!