I had a post about quilts from Cheryl in Dallas scheduled for today but I’ll schedule that in for next week instead as it’s so important to get the word out on this sweet dog that came to the vet office where I work.
I was working at the vet on Saturday and this sweet girl came in. She’s beautiful. She has no health problems, but her family wanted her to be euthanized. UGH. I am totally on board with dogs being euthanized when they are aged or they are vicious and have attacked but dogs like this…I just get sick.
The dog has been regularly seen at our office. She’s regularly seen by our groomer. We all have had great interactions with her.
The problem, she doesn’t care for kids under eight years old. She can growl at them and did nip. The owners said she doesn’t seem to like dogs that come to visit either. She seemed fine in the vet office as other dogs came in so I wonder if she just feels territorial with visiting dogs.
Some of this people don’t realize is breed specific. Australian Shepherds are bred to herd. If the sheep that they are herding don’t listen, the dogs are supposed to do what they can, including nipping, to get the sheep where they are supposed to go. It’s generally known that children don’t herd well…thus the action. This is better or worse for each individual dog. Apparently, this dog has a higher herd instinct.
Long story short…she was minutes from being euthanized and we all said no. We’d link up with one of the rescues and see if we could find a home for her.
This sweetie has a name…Kara. She is an Australian Shepherd mix but looks very Australian Shepherd but has no ice blue eyes that most have. She is totally up to date with her shots. She is five years old and is a spayed female.
She would need a home with no small children and one willing to work with her as she is a little bit nervous around loud noises.
At her previous home, she didn’t get much exercise and my belief is that she would do much better with regular exposure to noises and with getting out and exercising.
In the short time I was with her taking these pictures and loving on her, I was very pleased with how friendly and outgoing she was. If I didn’t have 10 small grandkids, I would totally consider adopting her.
I think Kara would do best with a family who:
-is patient with her
-will regularly exercise her
-is an average to quiet home
-no young children around regularly
-not a lot of visiting dogs in the home
-breed experience or willingness to learn
-doesn’t want a puppy and puppy antics
She is being offered through SNAP of Chickasaw County Iowa. Typically their adoption fee for a dog like Kara is only $75. If you are interested in adopting Kara or meeting her, please call Sandy at 515-210-6815.
It’s so hard for me to believe that this girl was truly minutes from being euthanized. As of Saturday, Kara was being housed at the vet office but my hope is they will find a foster for her soon. If not, I guess I’ll see if she can get along with my pups here and I’ll foster her. My heart just broke over Kara’s story. I’m so glad we were at the right place at the right time to save this sweet girl.
If you know of anyone who is looking for a dog and meets the criteria listed, please share this post with them. Together we can help Kara find a home.