Attention Dog Lovers: I am seeking a very special person to call my own because I am a very special girl.
I was a sweet tempered, friendly one-year-old girl with a desire to please and a love of people. I passed all of my temperament testing with A’s. I was adopted in April of 2010. Everyone was so happy until I was surrendered back to the shelter on January 21, 2011. 🙁
Nobody knows what happened to me in those 8 months, but I became a frightened and mistrustful girl. I was truly brokenhearted to find myself back at the shelter. I don’t think I will ever be happy again.
Thankfully HSHC assigned a dedicated volunteer to work with me for 2 months and she reported that I am incredibly smart! The professional trainer, Julie Case, taught me to sit in 8 minutes!
I now know lots of command, from“down” and “up” to sit and stay seated in my kennel on approach as well as leave it take it and lead pulling. I also learned to take treats gently (I admit I’m a bit of a pig but I know how to take my treats so softly 🙂 ).
I am loving with my own people, but I am not quick to trust new people. My guardians think I may have been abused in the past because I am very hand-shy. It is as if I try to duck out of the way when someone’s hand comes toward me.
It breaks my guardian’s heart to see a young dog like me cringe in fear of a human’s touch.
But all it will take is consistently kind treatment, patience and a gentle touch to teach me that I needn’t worry about being beaten ever again.
I hold the 2nd longest record for being a shelter dog at HSHC. Living in the shelter is just too stressful for me. I hated being behind bars like I was a criminal. 🙁 Once outside the kennel, I became the happy girl I was meant to be.
Thankfully, I have been living with a wonderful foster mom who has taught me so much about being a good dog. If she did not already have her own dogs I would have been hers long ago.
Despite my girly sounding name, I am a true Nature’s Child. I love the woods and swimming in ponds and sniffing everything I can find. But I can still carry off wearing a rose on my collar!
What you need to know about me:
- I am now almost 6 years old, but still a real beauty with a light brown brindle and white coat, hazel eyes and a winning smile
- I still have loads of energy and enthusiasm
- I am sharp as a tack
- I am very well trained in obedience and other skills
- I do not want to share my affection with other 4-legged pets so I need to be the only dog in my owner’s heart and home
- I also need an owner who is patient, understanding and knows how to give positive reinforcement to good behavior. A harsh, strict disciplinarian will only make me tense and afraid. Hey, I may be an out-door-lover but I am still sensitive!
- I am an American Pit Bull Terrier mix, so you must be 21 to adopt me
- I will be best suited to an active family with kids 13 and up. Remember: I love people but need some time to warm up and trust
My foster mom will miss me terribly and I, her. But we both know that I am a wonderful girl and I deserve to spend the rest of my life with someone who appreciates my intelligence and loving heart.
I have been waiting for 5 long years. Please help me find that very special person.
p.s. If you’d like to meet me, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Editor’s Note: On September 9, 2015, after waiting 1,692 days, Cashmere found her forever family!!