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Lady's PF Listing: http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=10738254

Lady has been at the shelter since April - adopted and returned twice, due to no fault of her own. I'm listing her and also my personal evaluation of her. I will help an approved rescue with her or an approved adopter (of an approved rescue).





My Evaluation of Lady:

Tonight I met two fellow volunteers at the York SPCA to eval Zeus , Lady, and an unnamed white male. When we got there, Marilyn (manager) had said that two GSR-SP volunteers had been there and taken Zeus. The white male was reclaimed by the owner, so Lady got all of the attention. The shelter staff brought Lady out into a large pen adjacent to several other large pens – by large, I mean the size of a living room. Lady was unfazed by our presence, she was busy sniffing all of the dog smells. We allowed her to check out the pen and drag the leash around for a little and then I approached her. She sniffed my hand and kept about her business. She seemed very relaxed. I approached her again and talked to her, she allowed me to pet her head, ears, and give long strokes on her back. I hunkered down to her level and she continued to receive attention but she was ready to be off and about other business – lots of energy this girl had! I grabbed a squeaky toy and she took great interest in it. When I threw it, she was off like a shot, grabbed it and threw her head around. She was very interested in the dogs around her – in the attached pens. She was good with them, interested, softly vocal, but very relaxed – always with a soft tail and ears. I brought her focus back to me and she allowed me to touch and check her ears. She wasn’t bothered by me grabbing her feet, her tail, or pinching/grabbing at her fur. Her ears always stayed soft, forward, and her tail was always relaxed. She is thin, has a poor coat, and her teeth were a bit worn and dirty for 2, I think she’s closer to 3 or 4. With bad nutrition, I’d buy 3. We allowed her to roam a little and play in the baby pool, which she LOVED…she’d circle in the pool and bite the water, then take off running and do it all over again. We took her out into the field and she needs some work on the leash, but she’s definitely not the worst that I’ve seen. She doesn’t focus on you, but she will stick close by and still has a sense of awareness of you. When we were out in the field, Summer came out with a Rottie female. We introduced Lady and the Rottie and Lady immediately tried to take the upper hand by trying to place a paw on the Rot’s shoulder. She responded to a gentle “eeh, eeh” and relaxed. She never raised her hackles or became uneasy around the Rot (and the Rot was a BIG girl). At one time the Rot got a little throaty but Lady did well and didn’t react back. I ran around with Lady on lead, she enjoyed that. She also enjoys rough-housing. If I smacked my legs and did a semi-play bow with her, she’d jump at me and talk. She has nice bite inhibition…she’d grab at my pant or leg but with a nice soft mouth. She’s not food motivated or interested in treats/food that I could tell. She was interested in the bowl, but that was it. I did catch her crouching/lowering her head a couple of times while we were together when I brought my hand near her, but the more that I was with her, the more confident she became and the less severe the reaction/crouch became. I think she’s a dog that would quickly learn to trust you.

I think Lady would be an excellent foster dog or direct placement to an dog-savvy home. It was difficult leaving without her…in the short time, I know we created a bond. I think she’d be okay with kids; however, given her excitability and playfulness, I’d recommend a home with older kids – I could definitely seeing her rough housing scaring small kids or parents. I think she’d do great with a young or older energetic couple or even a bachelor (for single woman). I didn’t see anything from Lady that said she wouldn’t be good with other dogs. As a personal preference, I’d stick her with a male only though. I’m not big on female to female placements. If I can help anyone with her, please let me know. She’s a great girl who has been at the shelter far too long and was the victim of two really bad placements (one because she got sick so they returned her, the second because she had a couple of house accidents - neither people should have been adopting a dog). The York SPCA is a fabulous facility and the volunteers and staff are wonderful.
 

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Re: York, PA - Lady, 3 YO Black & Tan Female

Oh...I should add...we aren't certain with her and cats, but I'd err on the side of caution and say she's a bit too curious and I could see her chasing in a heartbeat. The shelter felt the same way.
 

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Re: York, PA - Lady, 3 YO Black & Tan Female

It's hard to say...she's been there since April and it goes based on space. I think her personality is saving her...but, the longer a dog is there sometimes they can start deteriorating.
 

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Re: York, PA - Lady, 3 YO Black & Tan Female

I will be trying to pull her tomorrow - they are closed today. I'll update when she's safe.
 

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Wonderful Jamie...you're the best!
 

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Re: York, PA - Lady, 3 YO Black & Tan Female

I have her...just got back with her. They allowed me to pick her up even though they were closed. Let me tell you...someone is going to be VERY lucky if first impressions are anything. She has WONDERFUL doggy greeting skills - she likes my boys (yeah, who wouldn't?). She inside with me (so I could go potty quick and type this) but the boys were showing her around the yard. Caesar even let her play with his ball.

So...I guess we can move this "Lady" who I'm calling Lana (she doesn't respond to Lady but she'll come to anything when I used my "girlie" voice with her)...to "saved".
 

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Re: York, PA - Lady, 3 YO Black & Tan Female

WONDERFUL JAMIE:
All weekend I was showing her post and your evaluation to anyone I thought could help! GREAT JOB FOR SAVING HER!
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Jamie,

Thank you so much for pulling her and helping SASRA out.

And I am so glad to hear that she is such a good girl and getting along with your boys!
 

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Re: York, PA - Lady, 3 YO Black & Tan Female

my pleasure! Thank you all...she's really a sweet girl, she's my shadow! I just spoke to her new foster mom. It'll be sad to give her up.
 

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But I get to be her new neighbor!

I spoke to the new foster home last night and Lara and her family are really looking forward to having Lady. Lara's Abby loves their kids, but always seems so happy to have a 4-legged friend to play with. I live pretty much around the corner so I'm looking forward to meeting Lady too. Jaime, thank you so much for making this possible.
 

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Re: York, PA - Lady, 3 YO Black & Tan Female

How cool, Jill!!! Lana will definitely enjoy playing with Abby...she likes to play with, well, anyone/anything that will play. She has sooo much energy to get rid of. But, in the house she knows to settle it (unless I get her wound up). Did Lara tell you that she lays down to eat, just like Abby?? LOL Silly girls...
 
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