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Arya is a 3 year old, 40 lb. spayed female in Richmond, VA.
 

Before applying to adopt Arya, please read her bio. I want you to have as much information as I can give you.

Arya is a beautiful, high-energy, three-year-old Australian Cattle Dog. She is 40 pounds, spayed, heartworm negative, microchipped, and up to date on shots (I opted in for her to have the Lyme vaccine).

I am Arya's second home and have had her for over two years. She originally came from a military family that needed to rehome her. We were unaware of some of her behavioral challenges when we adopted her.

Arya should ideally be the only dog in the house and not live with a cat. She has experience with children of all ages and has been extremely gentle and friendly. I think Arya should go to a single household while working on her issues. Although, I think she'd do fine with visiting family or friends with kids or other animals.

We will only be rehoming to a family with a yard, adventurous spirit, and previous heeler experience. She is well socialized with dogs and likes smaller dogs the best. However, she should not be with other animals with behavioral challenges. She is a VERY talkative heeler and is not well suited for apartment living.

Arya has never been sick, regularly visits the vet (vet loves her), but does need outside support with trimming her nails. The vet and groomers do well with getting her nails done. She is also trained to use one of the treat dispensing nail files for dogs you can find on Amazon.

Arya loves being in the car, going for walks/hikes, playing fetch, and swimming. She has good recall, especially to my whistle. She will pick up a toy and bring it to you until she's tired. She is a fantastic adventure companion and has come with me on every vacation. She's been to many beaches, lakes, rivers, and mountains along the East Coast. She is cuddly and friendly to everyone. When meeting new folks, she tends to lay on her back and ask for tummy rubs. She is fully house trained and exceptional at "holding it" if you sleep in on a Saturday morning. If there are no other animals or humans, she settles and sleeps very well in bed with her person. Though Arya is high-energy, she is doing better at relaxing at various points of the day and relaxing/cuddling at three.

Now you may be asking yourself why I am making this challenging situation. Arya has some extreme anxiety (specifically at night) and territorial issues that have caused problems for other people in my life and my other animals (specifically my other three-year-old heeler with severe epilepsy).

Arya is territorial when it comes to furniture. She is no longer allowed in my bedroom or on my bed because of this. She will bark, heel, and snap at other people or animals when they get on furniture (especially if "her person" is also on that piece of furniture). Of course, if you were the only person in the household, this would very rarely (if ever) occur.

She picks on my epileptic pup the most. My other pup started having seizures right after we got Arya, and her symptoms became worse and worse. Seeing my other dog go through so much stress really affected Arya and how she interacts with her. My other pup does ignore Arya for the most part, but on days where she doesn't, fights break out and have caused harm to folks on the furniture. Arya will do these herding behaviors to my roommates and people visiting the house. This causes a lot of tension and anxiety for everyone involved. To be transparent, the tension and anxiety became so bad that it did end one of my relationships. I have tried training this behavior with every method I can think of (I have experience going through dog training, have been a pet sitter for over a decade, and have another heeler), but with four other pets (my other heeler, two Boston terriers, and a cat), and one being special needs, it has become too much for the other animals, my partner, and my mental health.

I know that if she finds the right person, Arya could thrive and be the best version of herself.

Please see below on my adoption process:

I am expecting a fee to cover recent vet vaccine costs to show that you are serious about this. I will have an application form for you to fill out. >From there, I will conduct phone interviews, home/reference checks (including your vet/previous vet), and a meet and greet for top candidates. I have high expectations for this special and loving girl.

Arya will come with food, her crate, toys, heartworm, and flea and tick medication. I would like updates on Arya to see how her life is going post-rehoming.

Arya is in Richmond, VA.

For more information, email caitlin.tolson18@gmail.com