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a picture of Gracie.  a dog that needs a foster home.

Location: San Diego, CA

Age: 1 years, 6 months

Posted on: 8/15/2023

Posted by: Individual

Gracie. urgently needs a foster home

Why is fostering needed?

I am fostering / board and training a pup for a rescue here. After this week , as I can only keep her till then, she needs another option. She can go with other dogs with extreme coexisting measures and a lot of time to warm up to them before having to engage, does excellent with children, but CANNOT CANNOT go with cats or small dogs. She is a bully mix and has a very high prey drive. She is very calm and mellow and well mannered otherwise. She is slightly reactive on leash but very easy to interrupt and manage. She only has to the end of this week to find an option! She is a precious sweet girl who has so much potential and has been through hell! She is only 18 months to 2 years old.

How long is fostering needed for?

Until a forever home for pet is found

Other notes

Gracie was found roaming mexicali around 4 weeks ago. She was pregnant when she was first seen, but when rescued they couldn’t find her puppies. She was roaming in 122 degree heat, so we assume the worst happened to the puppies. She is between 18 months of age and 2.
She has been spayed , up to date on all shots and the only medical issue is her skin is healing from being infested with fleas and ticks.

Behavior wise: She is a very calm and well mannered dog in the home .She prefers cuddles over anything and just chooses to chill and lay down. She is EXCELLENT with children, and prefers them over adults. She doesn’t pull much on leash, but it is clear she hasn’t been properly socialized.
She bounces back from fear and anxious moments super fast, as my main goal with her has been just that , socialization and exposure.
She is slightly dog reactive on leash, but shows social behaviors at the same time. I am a trainer and have been working her through this and can provide videos of her reactivity and progress.
We have started introducing her to my dogs, and so far shes done well.
She wants to engage but is conflicted and then on and off leash , it turns to frustration and then reactivity. Her reactivity is subtle and will fix over time as she gets more comfortable and has positive associations that help her realize not all dogs are going to attack her. She just needs to realize shes not on the streets anymore and shes safe.

Her biggest red flag/issue is being a bully mix her predation drive is extreme. She CANNOT go with cats or small rodents/animals, potentially even small dogs, this is why I cannot keep her for longer. I have two cats and we rotate/keep them separated from Gracie, when she isn’t crated. She is excellently crate trained too! and potty trained! , but it’s unsafe to keep her in my home longer than I have her.

She is a total sweet heart and very loving. She is calm and relaxed and well mannered inside.

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