November 8, 2012  

StubbyDog’s Rescue Dog of the Week is sponsored by Zobo Pet Products, who will be giving away a free collar for every dog adopted through this program.

Fiona is a 30-pound Staffordshire terrier mix and her story is an incredible tale of survival. You see little girl isn’t so young after all and masqueraded as a puppy to make her way 3000 miles to Seattle. Fiona had the incredible bad luck of arriving at a high kill shelter (60-90 percent of dogs are euthanized) in Georgia about six weeks ago. Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue (GPPR) focuses on rescuing puppies from 8 weeks old to 6 months of age from high kill southern shelters, and had raised funds for a puppy transport. Our rescue received a last minute call asking if we could take a 4- month-old brindle mix puppy that was in need. Through a series of age estimate errors, Fiona was booked for a flight with four other puppies. She was just 20 lbs. at the time of her flight.

When Fiona arrived she was very shy and seemed to move away from touch. Luckily, she really liked stinky treats! Once she arrived we worked with her and taught her that treats were associated with people who loved her and would treat her well. She was incredibly thin on arrival (10 lbs. of weight gain since her arrival six weeks ago) but now is a girl made of pure muscle and is at her full weight of 30 lbs. We know that because….Fiona is an adult!! Once our vet examined her and all records were inspected it turns out that she is 1.5 years of age. We all had a laugh at this! This girl had truly been lucky to be able to masquerade as a 4-month-old puppy leading her to be put on the transport last minute. What a survivor!

Currently, Fiona is coming out of her shell. We gave her lots of extra time with her foster in order to work on her confidence. She is now bouncy and fun and plays really hard with the four dogs in her house. Her foster home also has a cat that she completely ignores. She has been around men and also children (none in her foster home) with no problem!

We think Fiona would be fantastic for any type of home so long as they don’t mind overcoming a bit of shyness initially and that they use a gentle and patient approach. She quickly responds to love and kind words. Fiona is really smart and wants to please, and she is a whole new dog after just six weeks of love and attention. She has great energy and loves to wrestle with her dog playmates and play hard but is ultimately a submissive girl. She is not an excessive barker, she stays quiet in her crate, but outside of the crate she will give a little bark to indicate that she wants to play or to get your attention.

Fiona has done very well and ultimately she responds best to calm and quiet energy. We think she would make a fantastic addition to a home that has other dogs or cats and has an active lifestyle! You can see Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue on Facebook. Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue is located in Seattle, WA.

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