Beautiful Yorkshire Terrier for adoption.
- 7 months old
- a toy-sized dog at about 8 pounds
- very pretty with a standard blue-and-tan color
- not spayed
- professionally groomed
- up to date on all her shots
- parasite, flea and tick free
- had Advantix II applied and won’t be due for flea/tick preventative until 8/15/14
- reliably house trained
- good with babies and children
- good with other dogs
- sweet as can be and likes to give kisses
The Question Why was poor little Sammy given up by her previous owners? That’s always the question when it comes to rescues, right? Her previous owners purchased Sammy on a whim from a puppy mill and had her shipped to them via air cargo. They knew nothing of the breed and thought they’d wind up with a no-energy rug-dog that never needed any kind of care whatsoever… and you’re right there is no such dog as that. Why did they get a dog? I am not sure. Some people get dogs and don’t actually intend to care for them. They get through the early puppy phase and get tired of their disposable item and they dump it and move on. That is the only answer I have. Many times the dogs in these situations really suffer from the improper puppy-rearing that occurs those first few months. Sammy was lucky. Her owners did house train her completely and somehow managed not to ruin her in any other way. Sammy was never taught any basic obedience of any kind whatsoever apart from successful house training (which is a huge plus for a rescue). She had never worn a collar or leash, been taken on a leashed walk or exercised in any way at all. She didn’t even know how to “sit” on command… poor little one. Sammy came to me disgustingly dirty, bedraggled and flea and tick infested. She was such a sad, itchy little sight. The kindest thing her previous owners did was recognize that they really didn’t want to care for her and they gave her up. It was the right and kind thing to do and sometimes admitting to making a mistake in buying a dog can be hard for some people. So I do applaud her previous owners for giving her up. The Problem Sammy’s previous owners said that she would dart out the front door and “run away” every chance she could get. The owners were heavy-set and not inclined to walk around finding her every time this happened. This had become a huge problem for them. They said it took them several minutes each time she escaped to get her to come when called so they could bring her back indoors. A few minutes isn’t honestly such a big deal with a “runner” type dog. But it is still an annoying issue that requires attention for the safety of the dog. This is one behavioral problem that often leads to dogs being hit by cars. It is important to note that her previous owners didn’t actually try to remedy the problem with training or exercise. So why did I report that Sammy has no behavioral problems? Because in the week I’ve had her she has not done this one single time and she has had ample opportunity. I do believe Sammy was doing this with her old home simply because it was the only way she could get any exercise or play time at all. She was reported to have no toys and was never walked… Sammy was bored silly. Now that Sammy gets short walks daily and some play time in the house and yard she seems 100% content to stay here in the house with people. Sammy is most definitely not a “runner” at all in our household. This is a very surprising fact, actually. Makes her whole story that much more sad. In fact I don’t think I could get Sammy to run away if I wanted to. I have not had any issues with Sammy darting out doors or making escape attempts. I have a very busy household with children coming in and out at all times and she has not made any attempts to get out of the house at all. And kids aren’t always the most careful with doors and dogs. Sammy simply has no desire to go anywhere.
Other Complaints Also her previous owners report that they had wanted a cuddly lap dog that didn’t require walks or play time (yes, I know). They were disappointed to find that Sammy would not sit in a lap, cuddle or even have the smallest desire to be near her owners. Sammy seemed to want to get away from them. They had purchased a second puppy (an American Eskimo cross) a month or so after they bought Sammy and apparently Sammy was being a “bad influence” and was teaching the new dog bad manners like how to escape the flea-infested home for some play time. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you don’t teach your dog the manners you want her to have she will learn something and her manners might not reflect your idea of a well-behaved dog. You can hardly fault the dog for that! As far as not being a lap dog I cannot imagine how that came to be their opinion of Sammy. I can hardly pry this dog out of my lap. She is a cuddle bug. She loves to sit in my lap and she follows me throughout the house, bathroom, kitchen and lays on or at my feet any chance she gets. I originally assumed that Sammy, like most terriers, was an independent little soul and perhaps as a result was simply not very physically affectionate. This is clearly not the case in the least. Sammy loves to cuddle and snuggle and she is also a kisser of legs, arms and hands. She follows me everywhere and waits for me at the bottom of the stairs if I leave her to go up. She seems very loyal and affectionate to me.
-Walking- Sammy was said to refuse a leash and collar however the harness that was turned over with Sammy was dramatically too small for her and would not buckle, indicating that it had not been used since she was a new puppy. I have a very hard time believing that Sammy was ever actually leashed or walked. Ever. As far as Sammy being reportedly “impossible” with a harness (a collar had never been tried) and leash: it did take me one session of positive training to get Sammy accustomed to a collar and leash. Like any puppy she was new to this whole leash/collar thing and wasn’t so sure what the heck was going on. Puppies are not born with collars and leashes on… they do need to be introduced and it isn’t a natural feeling. Puppies need actual training to take a collar and leash. Sammy was extremely easy to train to accept the leash and collar. I did the same things I’d do with a 6 week old puppy and by the end of a 10 minute session I was walking Sammy with ease. I have not attempted a harness since she was reported to have a very negative reaction to her harness experience at her previous home. Now Sammy gets very excited when she sees the leash because she knows we’re going for a walk. Like all puppies (and especially like all Yorkies) Sammy needs exercise. A walk with Sammy is very enjoyable as she is curious about everything and clearly relishes every moment she has on the walk with me. She doesn’t pull and is very polite on the leash considering she is a complete newbie to the whole leash thing. Other Training Sammy has not been trained. She doesn’t understand basic commands like “come”, “sit”, “down” or “stay”. However she is very clever and is learning quickly. It took me about 10 minutes to teach Sammy to sit for a treat. If you give Sammy a piece of bacon or pork roll she’ll be your best friend for life. Perhaps all she needed to be a lap dog was a piece of bacon. The way to a dog’s heart is often through her stomach after all. 🙂 Perhaps all she needed to be a lap dog was a couch that wasn’t infested with fleas… Here she is being asked to “sit” by my 10 year old. It can be done, I tell you! 😉
Sammy does like to hop up on furniture uninvited which is not permitted in this house. She is quickly learning to wait for permission to hop up and I don’t see any reason for Sammy not to continue puppy training extremely easily in her new home. I believe she will adapt to new rules fairly easily with proper training and attention and nothing more than should be given to every single new dog or puppy coming into a home. No special attention above and beyond the ordinary is required in Sammy’s case. Sammy is a puppy and will probably be tempted to chew things. She was introduced to a variety of dog toys (much to her delight) as she had not had any toys at all in her previous home. Sammy likes hard plastic things like empty water bottles. Fetch! Sammy loves fetch. She likes balls, sticks and plastic stacking cups (those are technically baby toys…). Sammy would just love to play fetch with anyone that will throw things and she readily gives up the item fetched (unlike most puppies still learning the game). Children and Other Animals Sammy is very sweet with our babies and children. She is not excitable whatsoever and doesn’t jump up or knock them over. She tolerates being carried around by our 3 year old (a prerequisite for Eden House Dogs). Sammy loves other dogs and is happy to play with other dogs big and small. She isn’t rough or aggressive. She is very funny to watch as she hops around and encourages and invites play. I do not have cats and do not know how she would behave around them. She showed interest in our parakeets/budgies but only for a few minutes and then left the large, accessible cage alone. She did show interest in our chickens and would probably give them a taste should she have access to their run. Not that I’d trust any dog alone with a live chicken, much less a terrier with a prey drive. Naughty Habits
- Sammy does not steal food from anyone’s hands, including toddlers.
- Sammy doesn’t bark. I haven’t heard her bark once, actually. She is not a “yappy” dog.
- Sammy is not high-energy. She doesn’t jump all over the place or jump up on people in a crazy, hyper way.
- Sammy is very friendly with strangers.
- Sammy isn’t afraid of loud noises.
- Sammy is curious and confident and clever.
- Sammy doesn’t bite, growl or show teeth.
But she does have a “naughty”, albeit amusing skill: Sammy can climb a fence. I left Sammy in our dog run the other morning as I left to drive our older children to horseback riding lessons (an hour drive round-trip). When I came home Sammy was waiting politely on my front porch for me and was very happy to see us. Should Sammy have wanted to run away she had more than enough opportunity!! As our little ones currently have Scarlet Fever I really didn’t have time for Sammy and I placed her back in the dog run. I didn’t make it back to the house before Sammy was trotting at my heels. I put her in the dog run again to witness her escape firsthand. We have a four foot chain link fence around our dog run. Sammy leapt as high as her little legs would take her, crammed her nose and front paws into the fence to catch hold and hefted herself over the top rail. She perched there for a moment (which stole my breath and made me rethink my decision to witness her escape) and then leapt to the ground safely. Sammy came happily to see me and followed me in the house (the little runaway, huh?) I left Sammy locked on our back deck for about 20 minutes while I got the baby loaded up with Tylenol, cooled from her fever and put down for a nap. Sammy waited politely at the back door for about 10 minutes then hopped the gate (about 3 feet tall – yes, I should have seen that one coming but with a 2 year old and a 1 year old burning 103 I really wasn’t thinking clearly) and she circled around the house and waited politely on the front porch for another 10 minutes before I let her inside. I saw the whole thing. She didn’t go into the yard, the neighbor’s yard, the neighborhood… nothing. No runaway attempts at all… Yeah… a real runaway. I don’t think I could get her to run away if I wanted her to. Then again I did give her bacon and rid her of fleas and ticks. I wouldn’t run away from me either 😉 No Reason to Banish the Dog I let Sammy inside and now that I know her better I realize that there is no good reason to keep Sammy out of the house or crated when anyone is home. She doesn’t require supervision as she is fully house trained and not aggressive or a vigorous chewer. Furthermore Sammy just follows me around everywhere, making herself very easy to supervise anyhow. The lesson here? Sammy should not be left out in a short-fenced or unfenced yard unsupervised longer than the time it takes for her to potty. If Sammy needs to be left somewhere unsupervised she should be crated in order to protect her from chewing something dangerous or destroying something in the house if home alone as she still is a puppy. She would easily jump a baby gate or dog playpen. Sammy accepts a crate though she does start whining when she hears you come back home.
Any Potty Problems? Thankfully the answer to this question is “no”! Probably the worst thing about many rescues (especially small breed rescues) is house-training problems. Many small breed dogs are relinquished because they are either soiling in the house or aggressive. Sammy has no problems in these most important areas, much to my relief. It makes Sammy much easier to place in a permanent, loving home and frankly it makes Sammy enjoyable to foster. Sammy “asks” to be let out. She goes out, goes potty and comes right back to the door to be let back inside. Again, I’ve had no issues whatsoever with Sammy making “a break for it”. I do not have a fenced in yard and do not feel uncomfortable allowing Sammy to go outside unsupervised to do “her business” as she comes right back to the door to be let in. Sammy was only let out on leash for the first several days she was here so that she could get used to us and her new environment and made to feel comfortable and welcomed before I’d allow her free reign in the yard, of course. I recommend any new rescue or foster homes to apply that practice with new doggy pals. Several leashed walks around the neighborhood should be done as well in case your new doggy pal does go for an unaccompanied exploration. A few walks around the neighborhood will help any dog potentially find their way “back home” should they decide to go for a walk all alone. This is a very important step to take for Sammy’s new home as she was reported to be a “runner” in the past (despite my complete lack of observation of this particular bad habit). Do You Want to Make Her Yours? If you would like to apply for Sammy please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org She genuinely doesn’t have anything “wrong” with her… except perhaps that she isn’t a cockapoo. But can we fault her for that? 😉 Joking aside I like this little dog quite a lot and I know that the perfect home for her is out there. If you know anyone that might make a great home for Sammy send them the link to this post. Sammy has a $200 re-homing fee to cover the costs associated with rescuing her. Otherwise all we are looking for is a very loving, permanent home for this sweetheart.
Update – a few days after posting this Sammy found her forever home. A few months later and she is still very happy there and very much loved. Thank you to everyone for helping me spread the word about this sweetheart!!
And, as always, if you know of a rescue in need of a foster I am always available for free rehabilitative training while fostering or I am able to help arrange another location for any doggy-in-need. Sometimes a week or two is really all that is needed for a dog to learn some great new manners and find the right home willing to pick up where I leave off.