Adoption Status: Available to Adopt
Foster Status: In foster care
DOB: approx 7 months old
Breed: Foxy x Malinois (or German Shepherd)?
Size: Small Slim (approx 12kgs)
Fencing Requirements: Minimum 1.5m or higher secure, dog-proof fencing around the home. Mina will wander if given the opportunity.
Hobbies: Using her brain (she loves to learn new things), cuddles, being with her people, going for walkies, playing with other dogs, playing with her teddies
Good Habits: Affectionate, social with hoomans, social with most dogs (some can be a little scary at first), already has lovely manners (can sit, lie down, shake etc), already has level 1 trick training certification, very easy to be around, house trained, crate trained, knows how to "switch off" in her crate, respectful of other dogs space
Bad Habits: Will murder her teddies if their stuffing shows, chasing the cat (until the cat chases her back), bit of a barker at times. Doesn't like dogs that get in her face but is good with good mannered dogs who respect her space, she is still learning that not every dog wants to hurt her and after her initial protest she settles down and does beautifully, this should improve with ongoing training by her new people.
Personality Type: Medium energy, playful, very smart and eager to please, great company, very sweet nature
Special Requirements: Mina has hip dysplasia in one hip. Any new home will need to be careful that she doesn't do too much jumping or excessive exercise and continue the strengthening exercises she is currently doing to ensure that her hip is protected for years to come. We would also recommend continuing with the current diet we have her on (this is a very simple and low cost diet that will help keep her body functioning at it's best). For this reason, unfortunately Mina would not be a suitable agility dog but would do amazingly well as a Competitive Obedience, Scent Training or Trick Training dog.
Ideal Home: Mina's ideal home would be with hoomans who understand a smart dog and how to work their brain. She is very affectionate and loves kids but is not a dog you could just "throw a ball" for all day, nor is she a "daycare" dog, this would not work her brain nor would it be good for her hip, she does however love to get out for long sniffy walks. We think a home with either a couple, single person or family with older kids (over 12) who have time to give Mina and are willing to give her what she needs (to use her brain, eat properly and do her exercises to keep her mentally and physically healthy) will be rewarded with loads of cuddles, fun and loyalty from Mina in return. A home with another easygoing, not too excitable dog would be ok and we'd suggest a home without cats or with a cat that is happy to stand it's ground (she will chase if it runs). Mina's forever hoomans must understand that she can live a long, pain free and happy life if our directions for her exercise and food are followed but that she may need some help (arthritis medication) in the future to keep her pain free.
Adoption Fee: $320
Mina is a cuddly and friendly girl who steals the hearts of everyone she meets. That cute little face and waggy waggy tail are irresistable!
Mina loves people, kids, adults, everyone. She's also very convinced that she is in fact a lap dog, thank you very much. Mina will give a woof woof to let you know someone's arrived on the property - she's been copying her furry foster sisters - but she absolutely loves people so it's really just to let you know someone is there.
Mina's foster mum have been working very hard to help her with her socialisation and she is now able to meet and play nicely with other dogs when introduced properly, this is a work in progress and something her new hooman will want to continue working on. She initially is scared of other dogs and may bark, but once she realises that they don't want to hurt her she plays beautifully and has fab doggy manners. She will never be a "dog park dog" or daycare kid but that's ok - we hoomans don't always want to know everyone we meet either! Another laid back, easygoing dog in the home may be ok also (preferably male). Horses and cows are a bit scary for Mina but her foster mum is doing an amazing job of teaching that they aren't scary and says that Mina is a very resilient girl when it comes to scary things - she gets over them as soon as she's allowed to have a sniff. There is a cat in her foster home that Mina will sometimes try to chase but she soon gets chased back and has been told by the cat in no uncertain terms that her behaviour is not ok. We would recommend either a home with no cats or a cat that is not afraid to stand up for itself would be best.
Mina will jump up when excited but she's been working hard on this and is getting much better - it's really only when she's super excited, so with consistent rules around this we know she'll get over it in no time. She is great around food with other dogs and people, is food motivated, super smart and loves her crate for a sneaky nap. She also knows how to settle herself and be calm when she needs to be.
Mina would very much love a home where she got to be with her hooman during at least some of the day, she really is a very people oriented kid and is currently in a foster home where her foster mum is with her for most of the day.
Mina would LOVE a home where helping her use her brain is something her hoomans love to do with her - fun competition sports like competitive obedience, scent training or even just doing trick training at home are all great ways to have fun with a dog, build a great bond and help them work their brains.
Can you offer Mina 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, Mina must be allowed inside the home (this includes sleeping) so she can really be part of the family.