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Butter - New England Foster

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Size: Medium
Age: Adult
Gender: Female
Breeds: Terrier, Shepherd
Unknown with Cats

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Do you know why fine dining chefs say Butter is the most important ingredient in the kitchen? It’s a part of almost every dish they make, and it adds something different but necessary to every one. It is important because it is versatile.

Our Butter is a little like butter in the kitchen. This 40 pound, 3 year old (ish), pittie/lab mix has gone through a whole lot of changes since coming to PAWS, and she has touched the hearts of every one she has met since. We are all a little sweeter because of knowing her.

Butter was found as an abandoned stray in a rundown part of Memphis, TN. She was pregnant at the time and went to one of our fosters who specializes in helping dogs have healthy litters. Butter gave birth to NINE babies, and was an excellent mother. Her babies were born never knowing food insecurities or a lack of love. Now, it is Butter’s turn to find a home of her own and a family who loves her.

The perfect home for Butter would be one that can give her lots of love and attention while continuing to work on her manners. She is quite high energy and would do best with a canine companion with a similar playstyle to help her burn off her energy. A fenced in yard for them to play in would also be desirable.

Butter is a work in process when it comes to leash walking. She pulls quite a bit once she figures out which way you want her to go, and can also lunge towards distractions such as rabbits, squirrels, cats, etc. Her person will need to be strong and steady on their feet to safely walk her. If you are a runner, you can count on her to go for miles with very few stops. She can be leash reactive with other dogs, and can make quite a racket, making quiet visits to dog friendly gathering places unlikely for her at this time.
She plays with her foster doggie siblings, but does have a very excitable personality with other dogs, so slow intros are needed. She can be a rough, vocal player, so a companion with a similar playstyle would be ideal. No cats for this girl.

Butter would do best with older children due to her high energy level, and mouthy playstyle. She has been very friendly to older children in the neighborhood while taking her walks!

Butter is crate trained, but does expect a treat when she goes in. She is house trained but her clues are rather subtle. She has not had any accidents in several months, but is let out frequently when her foster sibling requests to go out. At night, she is left free and usually chooses the human’s bed to sleep in.

Butter is docile and content in the home, although she likes to look out the window and warn everyone when anything exciting is outside (people, dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.), making a bit of a scene at times. She enjoys being close by the family. She is happy and affectionate,and switches into play mode quickly when stimulated. Unfortunately she sometimes seems to forget she’s not playing with another dog and can be a bit mouthy. Nothing aggressive, but humans usually don’t appreciate being chewed on as much as dogs do.

She is truly a wonderful dog but needs someone who is willing to work with her. She is trainable, and treat motivated, but also gets excited past her threshold in certain situations, making it tough to reach her at those times. Patience and consistency are the key!

If needed, PAWS will assist with that by hooking you up with our new training partners at Good Pup (
Butter is both intelligent and very treat-motivated, the best combo!!

Here’s a quick peek of Butter and her friend Scratch, one of our other awesome pups:
Another of this sweet girl in her crate-

If this adorable girl appeals to you, please apply!

Here is our application:

Name: Butter
Breed: Terrier/Shepherd
Sex: Female
Age: 3-4 years
Weight: 40.0
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Vaccinations: Up to date
Heartworm: Negative
Microchipped: Yes

Good with Children: Unknown
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: No

Adoption Fee: $350.00


Paws New England is a foster-based rescue - our dogs reside in various locations throughout the south and New England.  

Adoption donations cover pre-adoption vet costs (including vaccinations, spay/neuter when age appropriate, and heartworm testing/treatment when necessary), a microchip, and transportation to New England if necessary.

Donations for our young, healthy puppies and dogs support their fellow canines of advanced age or suffering from injuries and abuse whose donations are reduced but whose veterinary costs are typically much higher. We appreciate your understanding that your newly adopted dog will help others in need.