See all these photos of springy, bouncy puppies on our page and feel…..exhausted? Maybe you are in the market for a full grown Lady Friend who still has a lot of life in her but is far less chaotic energy! Meet Brea!
Brea is a 5 year old, 56 pound Labrador Retriever (at least in every way we can tell). She is a calm and mellow girl who just wants a family of her own who lets her be in the house.
Brea came to PAWS as an owner surrender. She had a few medical issues that were expensive to fix but left no lasting health concerns. We were happy to let her hang with us and recuperate in style while she learned a little about the joys of indoor living. Turns out? She’s a natural!
She had a small hematoma that needed to be operated on, and she had a few patches of mange when we got her. That was all taken care of, and now she is ready to join a family. She is up to date on shots, spayed, and heartworm negative.
Brea loves walking with her family on a leash. She even jogs with her foster Dad sometimes. She doesn’t pull or try to run away and seems to just enjoy watching the world go by. She does bark when she sees other dogs or people out walking, but it is a social bark. She loves meeting the new friends!
She has not been formally crate-trained because her foster says she can be trusted in the house. The only accidents she’s had in the house were overnight because she did not signal to be let out when everyone was asleep. Until she develops a “signal” to let her family know she needs to go, the best course of action is to give her plenty of time outside and walks a few times a day. Once she got on a routine in her foster home, there were no more accidents. She needs exercise, but does not require high intensity activity every day. A few nice long walks to see the sights and say hi to friends will make her very happy!
She is currently living with another dog and two teenagers. She gets along well with all of them. She plays with her foster brother but seems to respect his boundaries and doesn’t push the interaction. We think she would do well as an only dog or as a member of a pack of similarly sized, confident dogs. She would do fine in a home with older kids/teenagers. She hasn’t interacted with cats, but she did slip the yard one time when she saw the neighbor’s cat. She recalled immediately when her foster dad called for her.
Brea doesn’t shares easily. She doesn’t seem to understand toys yet, so she isn’t possessive of anything. With any new dog, we recommend feeding separately from other dogs until the routine of the home kicks in. The first days in a new home are scary to dogs, so a little more watchfulness is always best, just in case. It is likely this will never be an issue.
Brea does appear to be cautious when first meeting people, but she warms up quickly. She loves easily, but she is old enough not to just go barreling into new situations with zero hesitation. She would like you to know this isn’t because she is shy, but it is because she is a grown-up lady with some decorum!
We would recommend some crate training, just in case, and perhaps some basic obedience training, just because that is helpful for all dogs. Other than that? She’s ready to be your new best friend!
Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
Age: 5 - 7 years (estimated)
Weight: 56 lbs
Vaccinations: Up to date
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: Yes
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Unknown
Adoption Fee: $300.00
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.