Adoption Status: Available to Adopt
Foster Status: In foster care
DOB: approx 8 months old (estimated DOB: December 2020)
Breed: Shar Pei x Black Lab (we suspect)
Size: Slim Medium
Fencing Requirements: Minimum 1.8m or higher secure, dog-proof fencing around the home - this girl has been a roamer since she was a wee babe before coming into care, so secure fencing is a must.
Hobbies: Going on adventures and walkies, lying in the sun, cuddles, being with her people, playing with her furry foster brother, learning new things, sniffies on walks, wagging her whole body when she sees ya, chilling with the family
Good Habits: Affectionate, social with hoomans, social with dogs, genuinely wants to please, very easy to be around, house and crate trained, quiet, playful, fast learner, low maintenance
Bad Habits: No Cats. Doesn’t like being left alone outside when her foster parents are at work so will try dig holes. As long as she gets some stimulation (good exercise) before being left for any length of time alone she does a lot better.
Personality Type: Medium energy, gentle, playful, great company (affectionate without being needy), very sweet nature
Special Requirements: None that we're aware of - because of Frankie's breed, we had our vets check her ears and they seem great, also no skin issues detected either.
Ideal Home: Frankie is a super sweetie. She has been in a home with young children but would love to find a home with older kids to hang out with (over 12). She'd be fine in a home with another older calm male dog but does play rough and is still learning good play manners, so supervision would be needed at play time to start with. She's a medium-highish energy girl and would love a home where she got out for good (minimum 1 hour) adventures every day, she and her foster mum go running together every day and she loves it, she'd be a fab running or hiking bud. Frankie much prefers having someone with her during the day so this is what we'd love to find for this super sweet girl, however she can be on her own too if you don't mind a hole or two in the lawn... She has been a wanderer in the past so good secure fencing is a must. Frankie just wants to be your best mate, she would love a home where her hoomans love her as much as she loves them and where she can do all the things that the family do. When she's not getting out and about for adventures, she loves to chill at home on the couch.
Adoption Fee: $320
Frankie is a loving, gentle happy little soul who loves to be near her people. She wants to do what you are doing and be where you are, whether that's going out for a run or cuddling on the couch watching tv.
When Frankie recently came into our care from the pound, we found out that it wasn't her first visit to doggy jail and in fact, she'd sadly been in and out of the pound since only a wee pup. The one bonus of that was that in that time, with meeting so many people and other dogs when taking herself for walkies, she became VERY social with both people and other dogs of all kinds. The other bonus of her coming into our care is that we managed to get her desexed before she could get pregnant and have puppies!! (Phew!)
It was clear on coming into care that Frankie hadn't had even the very basics of training and even with all her wanders around the streets, she hadn't had many experiences that some luckier dogs get to experience like meeting other types of animals, rides in the car, even being allowed inside or having a toy of her own. Lucky for her, she is in an awesome foster home with training experience so she's been quickly learning and experiencing LOADS of new things. She's not particularly food motivated but really responds to positive reward (love and praise) so any training is being done with lots of consistency praise and repetition rather than food rewards, despite this she is still a very fast learner. She's learned sit, has learnt to walk/run nicely on the lead (this is a work in progress but she's MILES better), is learning a good recall (on a long line of course), will go to bed when asked, is crate trained and is no longer scared of going in the car! She also LOVES her teddy and thinks "The Couch" is quite possibly the best thing ever for naps (she may also have developed a preference for "hooman bed" at nap time...).
Frankie has been introduced to horses, alpacas, cows, lambs, chickens and water birds. She was super curious about cows and lambs and initially wanted to chase birds but has had regular exposure and been reminded they're not for chasing several times, so mostly just ignores them now. There are no cats in Frankie's foster home but she is curious about them on walks, although she hasn’t shown any aggression towards them, she would likely would chase them if she had the chance so a cat free home would be best.
Frankie is very dog social, although she can still be a boisterous pup. She sometimes plays quite rough and lacks some doggy decorum and manners. She tries to be the boss even though she's smaller than the other dog in the foster home, so needs reminding to play nice from time to time. She would need to either have a confident calm older male dog she could learn from in the home or be an only child. Frankie likes to compete with the older, bigger dog in the foster home for toys and he can always get them off her (he's a big boy). Her foster mum said her dog wasn’t able to one up Frankie at the park recently and she won the coveted prize of a grotty old plastic bottle off the ground. She was so proud of her prize, she carried it in her mouth the whole way home from the park. So not only did she win the game, she recycled as well!
Frankie LOVES people but can be a little shy at first. She's quite a submissive girl towards hoomans and will slide on up to you with a full body wiggle hoping you'll be nice so she can get some scritches. Frankie is definitely no guard dog, she doesn't bark and is not at all territorial - she's a lover this one. If she's feeling a bit nervous or unsure, she'll drop down on the ground and do a nervous scratch behind her ear, till she's feeling a bit safer.
Frankie's foster mum says: "Frankie is an absolute pleasure to have around and is great company. She is very affectionate and trusting and wants to be the center of someone’s world. Frankie is incredibly polite and intelligent, she really, really wants to be a good girl and is very well behaved. She has a quiet and gentle personality, loves exercise and sleeping equally and divides her time between both. She's a very low maintenance obedient and quiet girl who is happy to go with the flow."
Can you offer Frankie a safe forever home full of adventures, company, quality food, a warm bed, regular flea and worm treatments, and most importantly loads of love for the rest of her days?
As with all Pound Hounds, Frankie must be allowed inside the home (this includes sleeping) so she can really be part of the family.