Merriest in the morning, Madame Z, who sleeps on her dog bed at the foot of her fosters’ bed, greets them with happy tail wags and kisses.
She may not enjoy cuddling, but when she’s feeling flirty, she’ll lean into her fosters for a butt scratch while wiggling her butt. She even spins around in circles whenever she’s excited.
Blessed with impeccable leash manners, she enjoys her 20-minute walks in the morning and evening, stopping to sniff along the way, and spends the time in between napping and chilling in the backyard where she likes digging up loose dirt and gravel.
Appealingly uncoordinated, she doesn’t fetch toys (her version of fetch is chasing but never catching a ball), and so she settles for nibbling on a fuzzy squirrel toy instead. Highly food motivated and very gentle when taking some, she loves meat scraps, cheese, turkey tendons and bully sticks, answers to her name, knows “come here,” “sit,” and “touch,” and excels at “go find it” games with high value treats.
Due to her traumatic past, she still doesn’t trust a person’s touch, especially when she’s lying down, will bark at sudden sounds – from birds and small critters to postmen – and becomes extremely agitated when she hears thunder and fireworks. Getting better at riding in the car, she now willingly jumps in and out of it, can be coaxed into a plastic (never metal) crate, but is VERY reactive to a muzzle.
For these reasons, Madame Z will do best as the only pet in a quiet home without children and patient adopters familiar with fearful dogs who will work with her until she ultimately learns to not only trust but to truly love.
Madame Z is spayed, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped. To meet or adopt Madame Z, fill out an application and a volunteer will contact you shortly.