Adoption Status: Available to Adopt
Foster Status: In Foster Care
DOB: approx 11 years old
Breed: Lurcher (whippet x)
Size: Small slim medium size
Fencing Requirements: Minimum 1.6m-1.8m of secure, dog-proof fencing around the home (no farm fencing)
Hobbies: Chilling on the couch, hanging out with her doggy friend, butt wiggles, snuggles with her favourite hooman, playing with her furry foster brother
Good Habits: Loving and happy once she knows you, gentle, sweet natured, very social with dogs, house trained, crate trained, good on lead, very mothering nature
Bad Habits: No bad habits but Ivy is very scared of hoomans and doesn't like loud noises or when you throw things (also very scary)
Personality Type: Medium-lowish energy sensitive, sweet nature, happy and playful once she gets to know you, great company
Special Requirements: Ivy will require ongoing Pentosan injections for her arthritis
Ideal Home: Ivy has had a rough life so far and in her retirement years she would love a home with another confident, easygoing (not too young) doggy friend to keep her company. She is scared of hoomans at present but she adores her calm and gentle foster dad and gravitated to him immediately on arriving in foster care, so a calm gentle male in her new home would be ideal. A quiet and calm home would suit Ivy best as while she is currently living with a family, kids are loud and can sometimes be scary and new people coming into the home makes her want to hide. Being an older girl, Ivy doesn't need much exercise and walks can be a little scary for her but she does enjoy short walks out and about where she won't meet any other hoomans.
Adoption Fee: $285
Ivy is a sweet girl who has had a hard life in her first 11 years. Used as a breeding machine, penned almost her whole life and with minimal human contact it's understandable that she's scared of the big wide world and the hoomans in it, only to then find herself in the pound when she got past her use by date.
Despite her difficult life, Ivy is a gentle and sweet lady and once you've gained her trust, she gives you big tail whipping butt wiggles when you come home or walk into a room. This girl has a HUGE capacity to love and has thrived in her foster home. She loves to lie on the couch while you watch TV in the evening and she's happiest when she can chill near you. Ivy enjoys going for short walks but prefers it when there are no other people or dogs around on her walks as being out for a walk and seeing strangers is very overwhelming for her (she'll try to run away and hide). She is DEFINITELY not a dog park or daycare dog and would do best in a quiet and calm home with not too many regular visitors, where she can feel safe.
Ivy will need a home with hoomans that are willing to come and meet her a few times before taking her home with them - regardless of how a meet is done with her, she will be terrified on going to a new home but will adjust once she gets to know you. However we want to make this transition as easy as possible for her so a meet schedule will be essential for her wellbeing, so any new hoomans must be willing to follow that plan. Ivy has also gotten very attached to her foster dad who is a calm gentle man and someone also like this in her new forever home would be ideal. Ivy ADORES other dogs but we have found that nervous dogs also make her nervous so a home with another gentle, calm and confident dog (ideally over 5 years old or not too playful) would be ideal and as her furry foster brother has done for her so far, would help her feel more confident and come out of her shell more.
Ivy does not like it when you throw things. The throwing action is scary. She also gets nervous when new people come into the home or if there's a lot of movement and noise. She has been in a fairly busy home with children and is much less fearful than she was initially but we still would prefer a home with either older (over 14) children or no children at all. When Ivy is scared, she will run and look for a place to hide (we recommend continuing with having a crate for her to escape to, as this is her safe space), while she has not attempted to escape the property at her foster home, if she were to get scared enough she is agile (despite her sore joints and age) so good fencing is a must.
Ivy loooooves other dogs and has a very mothering nature (all those years of breeding we expect). She loves to groom other dogs and check that they're ok - she was even FABULOUS with the little puppy that came to visit, not leaving it's side and making sure it was safe. She loves a bit of play too, but really shouldn't be playing too roughly as she does get sore after too big a play session. Ivy has recently started following her furry foster brother to the front door when someone knocks but will quickly run back to her crate once the door is open - this is huge and means that given the time she needs she may very well start to feel more comfortable around visitors. She will likely never be an outgoing dog with hoomans but may eventually feel comfortable enough that she doesn't feel the need to hide. HOWEVER, a home where she isn't forced into interactions unwillingly is a must.
Ivy has had a good check over with our vets including dental and is in great health. The only issue is that she gets a bit stiff and sore - common at her age 0 - so we have started her on monthly injections to keep her pain free. Any new home must be willing and vigilant about continuing with these for Ivy's health and wellbeing. In winter Ivy will feel the cold so she will need a coat to keep warm when outside.
Can you offer Ivy a safe and loving forever home full of company, safety, 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, Ivy must be allowed inside the home (this includes sleeping) so she can really be part of the family.