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Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler : : Female (spayed)
A velcro dog!
Vaida is a gorgeous, smart girl who loves to play ball. She is cat and dog friendly and is just looking to be someone's loyal companion and best buddy.
Vaida is a lovely girl who lost her family through no fault of her own. This economy spares no one. Vaida was surrendered to Lollipop Farms in Rochester several weeks ago. Like so many dogs in the shelter situation, she was not adjusting well. Feeling afraid and abandoned for 19 days, she hid under her Kurunda bed with her tail between her legs. Depressed and frightened; she did not look or act like an adoptable dog. Enter several Cattle Dog advocates who networked to find her a place in a rescue, where they knew she would feel more comfortable and where she would become the adoptable dog they knew she was.
The president of BDSCR has a special place in her heart for Cattle Dogs; so when she got the call to see if she could help, she stepped right up. When they met Vaida at the shelter, her tail was down and her head hung low; but she knew what she wanted. Vaida pulled her rescuers toward the front door and as they got closer to the car, he tail slowly lifted from low between her legs to up, up, high with happiness. The main photo here in her profile was the first one taken of her as she road in the car away from the shelter. Just look at that smile!!
Vaida is 5 years old, house trained (whines to go out), spayed and UTD on her vaccines. She is being fostered with a female dog and several cats. She is very interested in the cats & she does try to "herd" the cats a little. Spankey, our resident "dog testing cat" likes Vaida a great deal. Sometimes she "snuffles" his ears or nudges him a little....it's very cute!
Vaida has only been here for 6 days and she is really starting to come out of her shell. When I come home from work she hops and runs in small circles, she'll gently take my wrist or hand into her mouth to say how happy she is to see me. She doesn't play with stuffed toys very much, but she found a tennis ball and she LOVES that ball. She can catch the ball in mid-air, on the fly or even when it takes a bad bounce.....and this is just in my kitchen! I can't wait to get her into a fenced yard this week-end to see how much fun she'll have.
She is very smart and knows several commands like "sit", "lay down" and "stay". If interested, she would probably make a great agility dog. She is fine with men, women and kids, but she seems more focused on men. She loves my husband, my 30 YO nephew and my neighbor's son. Vaida would probably be the happiest with an active single or active couple. While she is good with kids, they may require too much attention resulting in some stress for her.
Australian Cattle Dogs (blue heelers) are an awesome breed, but have some very particular requirements for adoption. With Vaida in particular, it was obvious when we pulled her from the shelter that she was very disconnected from her people. Cattle dogs are LOYAL dogs, called 'velcro' dogs because they stay right by their person's side, and great off leash. They bond quickly and tightly with their people and any sort of permanent seperation causes their entire world to be turned upside down. Vaida misses her people (she spent 5 years with her person!) and so she will bond tightly with the next person who adopts her. Because of this, we ASK that her next home is one that is 1. forever, and 2. with one person in the family who will consider Vaida 'theirs'. Sure, the entire family can enjoy her, but she should have one main caregiver to attach to. She should also go to someone willing to give her a 'job' as cattle dogs are incredibly smart and should be treated as such :)
Vaida is spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed, flea treated, heartworm negative and up to date on heartworm preventative. She comes with a free first vet visit to keep her on the road to good health.
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