Howdy-do! My name’s Cindy, and I’m a very special girl who has undergone quite a journey ever since coming into Animal Aid’s care. I am sweet as sugar, way smart, and beyond excited to find a patient, loving, and experienced furever home!
Due to my behavioral history, multiple meetings with me are required before I will be ready to move into a new home. I am “foster-to-adopt” to ensure any adopter has Animal Aid’s support and is following through with my behavioral management plans as I get accustomed to my new home.
My Animal Aid Journey: I came into Animal Aid’s care back in April 2021 after spending some time in a shelter in a rural part of Washington where I was displaying signs of behavioral decline from shelter stress. Once I moved into my first foster home in a suburban neighborhood right outside of Portland, it became quite clear that I hadn’t had much experience in a typical home environment before. While I loved running around and playing with my fosters, I was spooked by quite a bit at their home and would become especially sensitive at night time. We decided it’d be best to move me into Animal Aid’s Emergency Kennel, so the Animal Aid staff could get a closer look at what might be going on.
After a few vet appointments and a consultation with a Veterinary Behaviorist at Synergy Behavior Solutions, we discovered that I not only had an ear infection, but also had torn ligaments in both my rear legs, luxating patellas, and hip-dysplasia. It was a shock to many as I had been running, playing and jumping around like nothing was wrong! The medical discovery did, however, help explain why I was becoming so sensitive at night after a long day of play with fosters, staff, and volunteers. Once I got started on some medicine to treat my pain and anxiety, Animal Aid started to see a huge improvement in my behavior and an increase in my desire to train.
One of my dedicated Emergency Kennel volunteers ended up falling in love with me and brought me into her home for fostering, so I could prepare for surgery to get my rear-end in better shape. Surgery and recovery was pretty hard on me because I love to be active and had to remain calm for such a long time, but I was approved for increased activity and continue to build up my strength with the guidance of my friends at Amicus Physical Therapy.
I’ve really been able to learn so much about how nice it can be living inside of home, but I still tend to love spending as much time outdoors as possible! I’m a big fan of chasing squirrels, so it helps tremendously that my fosters have a tall and secure fence to keep me (and the squirrels) safe. My current fosters have taught me many valuable skills that they will share with an adopter and they continue to keep up with my behavioral modification and management with the guidance of the awesome staff at Synergy Behavior Solutions.
I am looking for… someone who understands the journey I have been on and all the hard work we’ve gone through to get me to a happier, more thriving state. I need a home that is going to be dedicated to following my behavioral plans, meeting my needs, and giving me all the love I deserve so I can continue to prosper. I definitely need a home with a fenced yard because outside time is my absolute favorite and I am reactive towards strangers and other dogs (though I have made amazing improvement with some fear free training!) I love to chase and go on walks with other dogs, but I can be a bit rude and annoying if the other dog isn’t interested in playing with me. I should not live full-time with another dog and should be kept under close supervision during any playtime meetings due to my history of resource guarding. After some scuffles with my foster brother, we now live in separate areas of our home. Unfortunately, due to my bite-history, I cannot be safely placed in a home with children or a home that might expect to have children in the future.
Likes: I love to play! I could really play all day, if you let me. Tug seems to be my favorite game, but now that I am allowed to run again, fetch is also a blast! I love to romp around and chase my flirt pole, there’s definitely some kind of herding breed in me! I also really enjoy spending time with my people. I will follow you around like a shadow and love keeping a close eye on my fosters when they are working in their garden. Luckily, as much as I love my people, I’m still very good at spending time alone and have never become vocal or destructive. I’ll be full of excitement and wiggles when you come back home though! I’m a total smartie pants and bond the fastest with people who know how to work my brain! You better be ready to keep my training time fun and exciting though, otherwise, I’ll just get bored with you and go find something more fun to do.
Dislikes: We don’t know for sure, but it’s likely that I have been hit in the past due to my fear and sensitivity around raised hands, sticks, poles, etc. You must be cautious about this, especially when I am still learning to trust you as I might aggress if I am triggered. While I am able to tolerate being left alone, I don’t seem to enjoy it. I’ve got some major FOMO and have been notoriously good at objecting to going back into my confined spaces when my fosters need to head out somewhere. I also don’t like to be crated. I do great with exercise pens and baby gates, but I seem to have some claustrophobia with small confinement, like crates. Animal Aid and my fosters have done a great job of helping me get over some of my car riding phobia, but it’s still not my favorite activity. I seem to be a bit nervous around big trucks and buses when I am out on walks, but am working hard on overcoming this fear. I enjoy meeting new people as long as they are accompanied by someone I trust and follow along with my special introduction instructions which sets everyone up for success! Once you give me some time and we are acclimated to one another, we are certain to be friends for life! Due to all the medical issues and pain I experienced in my young life, I am not a fan of excessive pets and handling. Let me decide when it’s time for pets or cuddles time, please! I absolutely hate it if you try to take any treats away from me which has resulted in aggressive behavior. I follow a strict management plan when it comes to food and treats to prevent the unpleasant behavior from happening.
Behavior: I AM A RESOURCE GUARDER WITH A BITE HISTORY! I have nipped and bit a few folks that left some bruising and scratches. I always seem to feel real sorry about it afterwards, but it’s really important for any adopter to know about this history and it must be taken into serious consideration as we acclimate to one another in a new home. I have undergone extensive training, am taking behavioral medications, have a colorful custom-made muzzle, and have thorough behavioral management plans that must be strictly kept up with in order to prevent these incidents from occurring in my future home. *In addition to providing an adopter with all the resources and support needed while Cindy transitions into her new home, Animal Aid has reserved 3 in-person training sessions with Synergy Behavior Solutions in NW Portland to set Cindy and her future family up for lasting success.*
Medical: I was diagnosed with a torn cranial cruciate ligament and hip dysplasia in my left leg and medial patella luxation in my right leg. I had major surgery on both my rear legs in August 2021 to help make me more comfortable. It was a very long and hard recovery process, so it’s very important that I live with someone who is very careful about not allowing me to reinjure myself, now that I am able to run and play again. Pain management will have to be a requirement throughout the rest of my life!!!
Approx Birthdate: 1/1/2019 Weight: 60 lbs