We are happy to introduce this awesome dog! Her name is Tina, aptly named after the one and only, Tina Turner. A youngster, approximately one year old and 44 lbs, this pup is full of spunk, but just the right amount!
She is very playful and fun, and loves to do the crash and cuddle whenever the opportunity arises. She and her foster sibling play, wrestle and chase each other throughout the day. Tug-o-war is their favorite game. Tina also LOVES chasing the spray from our sprinkler system and can be entertained forever by the garden hose, a perfect activity during the hot Memphis summer. She enjoys playing in the doggy pool as well, so she would likely be a fun water dog to take to the lake.
She loves all the toys and is a fledgling ball fetcher. When she first arrived, she did not understand the concept of personal space and was very much an in-your-face dog. Another foster sibling was not particularly amused by that and eventually she learned that not every dog enjoys her style of play.
Tina would love a home with a doggie playmate, and most likely would do great with the human kind as well, although she has not been officially kid tested. She is initially timid with people, but quickly warms up and proceeds to offer an abundance of kisses.
As for cats, she has not been tested, but she does not seem too interested in the birds, squirrels, or any other form of wildlife that send her foster siblings on a full seek and destroy mission. For that reason I feel she might also be cat friendly, but cannot personally attest to that.
When not playing with her foster sibling, Tina will happily hang out at my side while I’m working at my desk. She enters a crate on her own to nap and seems fine with being crated overnight or while we are out of the house. Her bedroom is our laundry room and she settles in nice and quietly, after a bedtime snack. She is happy to see us in the morning, but not overly rambunctious, and will patiently sit for a proper greeting and the first chest rub of the day.
She loves her food and treats and has learned to sit and wait for the ok to eat. I’ve been using a slow feeder bowl for her meals. She has shown no food aggression towards me when my hands are near her or her bowl. No aggression during play either, just the growly sounds of dogs at play.
Another very good thing about Tina is that she is heartworm negative. That’s a rare thing for stray dogs in Memphis. My feeling is that she had been cared for at some point, as she arrived at a healthy weight, and a healthy, but thick, unbrushed coat, and she knew the sit and down commands. She is just a sweetheart of a dog, and any family would be lucky to have her. One thing I have noticed is some sensitivity near her hind end and back. She acts like she’s going to nip, but doesn’t actually. I’m thinking she may have been injured at some point, but that in no way interferes with her playful self.
Her leash walking has improved but still needs some work. I think she was just so excited to be out of the shelter at first that she wanted to take in all the smells of the neighborhood and took me along for the ride! Very little pulling now. She seems to be a fast learner, especially when treats are involved.
We absolutely love Tina! She is a lap loving, cuddly cute, head tilting doggy extraordinaire! I’m sure anybody that meets her will soon fall in love with her also. Tina is housetrained (mostly, had some accidents at first), up to date on all vaccines and is currently on heartworm preventative. All she needs is her forever home!
Check her out playing with her foster sibling:
Breed: Pit Bull Terrier/Crossbreed
Age: 1 year (estimated)
Spayed/Neutered: Yes (8/7)
Vaccinations: Up to date
Heartworm: Negative on recent testing
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: Not formally tested, but is great with people.
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Unknown
Adoption Fee: $500.00 (includes transport fee when applicable)
Location of dog currently: Memphis
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.