Age: 6.5 years old (October 15, 2010)
Size (weight): 27 lbs. – ideal weight is about 22 lbs.
Coat & colour: Short hair, tan
Temperament: Sweet, likes to cuddle. Very active. Loves to play with a ball or other toys. She can be demanding and want you to play with her.
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Wants to chase them and bark at them. Can likely learn to live with them.
Good with Kids: Has greeted them appropriately but isn’t tested for living with them.
Needs another Dog: No
Needs to be an only Dog: No
Housetraining: Yes. Will pee on command.
Crate Trained: Yes
Suitable for an Apartment: Has a very big bark. However, she lived in an apartment so it would depend on the style of building.
Origin: Owner surrender
Adoption Fee: $300
And now a few words from me:
I’m Bailey and I’m hoping you will welcome me into your home. I’m a Dachshund/Pug cross. Foster mom says I have the Pug tail, Pug eyes and chunky Pug body. She says I need to lose about 4 or 5 pounds and I’ve already lost a couple.
I love to cuddle after I’m done playing with my ball or toys. I can take the stuffing out of the stuffy in record time by shaking it fiercely in my mouth and spreading the stuffing far and wide. I also like to play tug-a-war. I’ll bring the toy or ball to you so you can throw it for me. I can catch it in the air. If I don’t see where it goes, I’ll search for it until I find it. Foster mom thinks I’m a bit demanding (I bark to tell you I want to play or want attention) but when a girl wants to play, a girl wants to play!
I surprised foster mom and the photographer when we did my photo shot by going for a swim in the river. It was such fun to play in the fast-moving water. Foster mom said it was a good thing she had me on a long leash or I would have been a way down the stream very quickly. Foster mom took me to the river again and I had such fun planning in the water.
I need a home where someone is home most of the time. I also need an active home where I’ll get lots of exercise including playing with my ball. I also need someone that will set boundaries and help me learn them.
And now a few words from my foster family:
While Bailey was an only dog in her previous home, she has adjusted to living with the resident Mini Dachshund and resident Jack Russell terrier mix by mostly ignoring them. I had a second foster when Bailey arrived who was very active and reactive to other active dogs. They had a couple of interactions that were a bit scary but they stopped when called. Therefore, if Bailey’s new home has a dog, they will need to be closely supervised until they learn to live together.
Bailey had a large bladder stone removed when she first arrived in foster care and has had recurrent urinary tract infections. She still has urinary frequency when outside but hasn’t had any recent accidents in the house. The urinary tract problems may recur so she will need to be monitored for urinary tract infections. She will require the SO diet for urinary track health to help prevent future problems.
She also has a papilloma on her lip that should clear up with time (http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/oral-papilloma-virus-dogs).
Even though Bailey was in a lot of pain with the urinary track problems, she was still a happy dog that wanted to play. She is ball obsessed (and possessed). She will bring it back and put it down where you want it so you can throw it again. If you let her, she will chase a ball for hours at a time. I am working on getting her to do other things than chase a ball endlessly. If you don’t throw the ball for her, she will bark at you. I’ve been working with her to be quiet and wait for the ball.
Bailey crate trained in two days partly with the help of feeding her in her crate. However, sometimes she will bark when first put in the crate. While she lived in an apartment, it was likely an older one made of concrete where sound doesn’t carry well.
Bailey’s ideal home should have someone home most of the time. As well, it needs to be an active home so she gets the exercise she needs to burn off her energy. She will need boundaries and consistently applied rules.