We pulled Josie from the animal shelter in Casa Grande after we received concerning reports on her medical condition from the shelter requesting our help. We got her into the vet right away and did some tests and found that her only major issue was that she appeared to be having a false pregnancy – she showed all the signs of being pregnant and was even lactating! Her pregnancy test came back negative and she has been bouncing back to normal since we got her. The rest of her bloodwork looked fantastic and we don’t see any reason to suspect anything else wrong with her at this time.
It is very possible she was exhausted, dehydrated and overheated when she first came to the shelter as she had been found as a stray. When she got a much-needed bath, we discovered that her neck was rubbed raw around the part where a tie-out lead like a rough rope could have been. Pics of this are included.
Josie is such a sweetheart, she loves humans, would love to snuggle in bed if you let her (but doesn’t absolutely need to) – she is the perfect companion for someone who wants a sweet loving dog that is not overly needy. She still has her independence and loves to play with other dogs (especially the 4-5mo puppy) in her foster home. She hasn’t seemed to care at all about the cat in her foster home, though he is 14 years old and doesn’t dart or move suddenly. She sniffs him on the couch and walks away or walks right by him – we can’t promise the same behavior towards all cats so an intro would definitely be required along with much supervision after the fact if you do have a cat and want to meet her.
Since she has shown no aggression at all we do think kids would be ok for her, except for very young kids just because she is still very energetic and has not been around them that we know of in the past.
She has been mostly potty-trained but not 100%, which we have been working on with her. She definitely doesn’t have any basic training but is eager and enthusiastic for treats, so with the right owner she will absolutely thrive.
Josie will be spayed the week of June 7. She is available to a foster-to-adopt home at this time that will commit to transporting to and from medical (with adoption finalized once spayed) After her spay she will be fully available for adoption*.
Adoption fee is $250 which will cover the cost of spay, vaccinations, microchip and heartworm/tick fever test.
*The difference between adopt and foster-to-adopt: either way you are committing to adopt this dog! Foster-to-adopt just means you want to get her ASAP, before we are finished with her basic medical needs. Adopt means you want to get her after she has her spay / vaccinations and is recovered, so waiting a little longer.