Zelda is a 2.5 year old, 35 lb. spayed mix in Buffalo, NY.
Zelda is house trained and walks well on a leash but would rather have a fenced in yard to run around, sniff things, and chase squirrels on her frequent trips outside. She is well socialized with regular visits to daycare and dog parks. She is also extremely intelligent and a fast learner. Our vet has told us she would do very well as an agility dog or herding animals on a farm which of course is in her Heeler DNA.
Full disclosure, we are making the difficult decision to try to rehome Zelda after a series of incidents of lunging and biting at visitors in our home that she perceives as intruders but are actually my childrens’ friends or on one occasion my 71 year old father coming by for a visit. The trainer told us she is insecure and feels like she needs a job so she has decided that her job is to be the “alpha dog” and protector of our home. He has been working with her wearing a muzzle in the house and has made some progress.
This type of behavior is strictly towards visitors. Zelda has never been aggressive with my wife and me, or with our two children ages 9 and 11. I have no idea how she would do with a cat in the house but I probably wouldn’t test it. She gets along great with our other dog, a 4.5 year old pit bull mix. The two of them can usually be found chasing each other around our fenced in back yard or lying on the couch in the sunny spot together staring out the window. When it is just us in the house she is relaxed and very sweet and loves to snuggle in a blanket or curl up next to you in bed at night. She is very content in her crate during the day while we go to work and school and she will happily stay there chewing on a bone or a rope toy as long as she needs to.
The perfect home for Zelda could look a couple different ways. On one hand increased activity would be great for her to direct her energy to a task such as agility of herding. If doesn’t have that type of stimulation she would benefit from a stable and quiet environment with few visitors and not a lot of surprises. Although she is great with our kids I would not recommend a home with small children or a lot of people coming and going frequently. She may take some time to settle down into new surroundings but will eventually stake claim to her territory and her “pack” and defend both from intruders with a fierce loyalty. If you think you can provide a scenario where Zelda will thrive she would love to meet you on neutral territory and see how you get along. Available for the standard donation of $350 to ACDRA.org for their help with the rehoming process. We would provide her crate and chew toys and also transport to your location or potentially meet somewhere in the middle depending on distance from western New York.
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