I think TIMBER hears you talking about her! With those ears, how could she not?
This lovable girl is Timber, a sweet 55 pound Doberman mix who is ready to find her forever home. A Good Samaritan found her as a stray and brought her to our friends at the Memphis Animal Shelter. Right away, they knew she was special. Because the kennels were full, and Timber didn’t like sharing a crowded kennel (who would?), one of our special friends at the shelter brought Timber into her home and asked us to find her a loving family. We jumped at the chance!
Our vets tell us Timber is around one year old. Not a crazy puppy, but a very young girl. She has spent her time with us getting up to date on shots and getting spayed. She is heartworm negative, and we couldn’t be happier. Too often, strays in the area fall prey to all sorts of nasty bugs, but Timber seems to have lucked out there.
She currently lives in a home with a pack of playmates and she loves all of them! She is good with the cats (even kittens) and loves all her canine buddies. Because of her puppy exuberance, we think a home with dogs near her size or larger would be the best place for her. She’s sometimes a little rough when she wrestles and plays chase with the 5 and 10 pound dogs in her current home. There is no aggression; she’s just coming in hot when it is time to play. For the same reason, we think a home with larger children or very dog savvy smaller children would be best. With training and age, she will almost certainly jump less, but she’s as perky as her ears right now!
Because of all the recent changes in her life, Timber is showing some anxiety. She is not a fan of sudden or loud noises. She’s a little timid with new experiences. We recommend a leash and a martingale collar when she is introduced to new things, especially outside things. She loves being around people, so she won’t run off for no reason, but if she is startled, her instinct is to run and hide. In unfamiliar surroundings, this can result in her getting lost. We hope these fears and anxieties subside over time, as they often do, but there is no guarantee she will ever be comfortable in a loud environment with sudden noises. She is open to trying new things, and that is a good sign. She was very scared of riding in the car at first, and now she is really starting to like it! Discipline should always be calm, firm, and at a regular volume. Yelling at her will never get the desired behavior, and it is likely to set her back behavior-wise.
Her foster family is working with her on crate training and leash training. These are both very new concepts to Timber, and her new family should plan to continue that training. She can be a little shy at first, but once she feels comfortable, she will be by your side as much as she can be.
She is currently in a home where she has a doggy door and free access at any time to a secure area in the backyard to go to the bathroom. She understands the concept of going outside and hasn’t had any accidents inside. Her new family will need to establish a routine and learn her signals to tell them she has to go outside.
Timber is surprisingly good at sharing toys and bones with the rest of her pack. She does get proprietary about food at mealtimes, though. This is not uncommon for dogs who have been forced to find and defend their meals while they are strays. She should be fed separately, at least at first. This is one of those learned behaviors that may get better with time, or she may always have to be a solo eater. There is really no way to predict that. The good news is that she is food motivated and finishes her meals quickly, so feeding her separately won’t take up much time.
Her foster mother tells us that, more than anything, Timber wants to be able to nap with you on your bed or sleep on your bed at night. This foster does not allow that with her foster dogs, so yours will be the first bed she gets to sleep on, if you will allow it. We predict that she will tilt her beautiful head with those magnificent ears and know she is finally in her forever home!
Breed: Doberman Mix
Age: 1 year estimated
Weight: 55 lbs
Vaccinations: Up to date
Fence Required: For this girl, yes. She tends to like to run off to visit others…
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: Yes over 10 or dog saavy smaller children - only because of her activity level
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Yes very much so - living with them
Adoption Fee: $475.00
IMPORTANT INFORMATION -
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.