Age: DOB 02/07/2011
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: Dog Savvy can be ok!
Kid friendly: No
House Trained: yes
Crate Trained: yes
Energy level: Moderate
History: Breeder Release
Adoption Fee: $400.00
From the Foster:
Echo is a one of a kind senior lady with a lot of personality, and I've gotten to know very well over the last year and half while we saw her through some medical issues (please see below).
First off, she needs to go to a home with NO KIDS. She does not appreciate their loud noises and sudden movements, and she will bark and lunge towards them if they are doing these things in her general vicinity. I really feel she would do best in a quieter household overall. Our house is very quiet/calm, and we rarely have people over.
She does fine in a crate but has also done fine uncrated and left in a room to free roam. She also has gone to work with me many times, and just sleeps all day under my desk. She is not crated at night, and sleeps on one of the many dog beds or occasionally on the couch or our bed.
She does not signal to go outside, but does great on a schedule, and she has not had any accidents in months. We have a fenced yard so she is mostly used to going off leash, but she has also gone while on leash but it will take her significantly more time to go. She is also a poop eater any chance she gets. On the plus side, while everyone else in MN complains about a poopy yard after the snow melts, yours will be spotless due to you having to pick up poop right away.
She is a mature lady and doesn't come with any of those tiresome puppy behaviors like mouthing, jumping, destroying things that aren't hers, etc.
She lives with two adult human, two other large dogs (65-100#), and a cat. The dogs all get along well, but don't interact much with each other and like to do their own things. They are all more people oriented anyways! She does have some resource guarding with the other dogs when it comes to high value treats and toys. She has not guarded anything from me, but has with my boyfriend. If she can be left alone to enjoy her special treat/toy, that is ideal. She will also accept a trade for something else! She has been to the dog park and mostly just keeps to herself but is interested in what the others are doing. I do not think she knows how to play with another dog, and would probably do best in a household with low-key dogs. She would also be fine with no other dogs in the family. She had a difficult time with the cat for the first few weeks she was here. She was very fixated on him. We did total separation for awhile, then eventually eased off, and by that time, the novelty had worn off. Now she hardly glances his way and I've found them sleeping on the couch together a few times. She should either go to a cat-free home, or to one where it is possible to separate for as long as necessary, and ease into things. My cat is middle aged and pretty mellow, so I don't know how she would do with a more active cat. She does have prey drive with critters in the yard and on walks (squirrels, rabbits, etc).
She is unsure of new people at first, especially when meeting on her territory - she will bark at new visitors who come into the house, or when the human neighbors are out in the yard (doesn't care about their dogs). She does not like to be towered over and is unsure about deep, gruff voices. Other than when strangers encroach on her territory, she is not a vocal dog.
Once you are "her people," she is the sweetest, goofiest dog. She does a little dance with her nubby tail wiggling when we come home. She loves to be pet and have her ears rubbed, and her head becomes dead weight in your hands. Aside from that, she's not a super cuddly dog who will want to curl up next to you on the couch, but she shows affection in her own way. She loooves tennis balls and to chase after them in the yard, or throw them around for herself to chase after. The squeaky ones are even better. She loves stuffed Kongs and all treats/bones/toys. She enjoys walks and does well on a leash and walking past other dogs, but does not have a ton of stamina to go long distances, especially in warm weather. (She loves a good dog stroller ride if you have one!) If you try to lift her up for any reason, she becomes a sack of potatoes and sinks into the floor. She loves car rides and when she knows you are getting ready to leave, will race to the door and just sit and wait. She is the best errand buddy and immediately passes out in the backseat. She often lays with her front legs crossed. She sleeps hard and snores. She farts often and loudly and doesn't care if it's at work during a meeting.
Echo is a super special dog who needs a patient, calm, loving family committed to always setting her up to succeed and providing her the absolute best care through her twilight years. After 8 years of a mediocre breeder dog life, it's what she deserves.
From our Vets: Echo has a history of recurrent UTIs that needs to be medically managed. Adopters should consider that her veterinary care needs to be more regular. She needs to remain on the Pala-Tech cranberry supplements lifelong, have her blood work checked every 6-12 months, and have a urinalysis and urine culture and susceptibility test run every 3-4 months.
If you think your home would a good match for Echo, apply today to meet her!