Annabelle

Of Latin origin meaning... Beautiful, loving, lovable, graceful. 
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Pulled from the local shelter. This sweetiepie was found as a stray during bad weather this winter. She must have been completely terrified by the ordeal. Even though she is not a Pit Bull, we were approached by the shelter's staff to take her in our program and help her find the right home. 
ID Number:  #
Adoption Fee: $135
Breed:  American Bulldog/Boxer
Sex:  Female
Age:  6 to 10 months
Weight:  Growing
Color: White with Black patches
Good with dogs:  Unknown
Good with cats:  Unknown

Special Needs: Genetic shyness

Annabelle is quite shy with people and we suspect the trait was inherited.  This means that she will most likely always be somewhat reserved with strangers and timid in unfamiliar situations. While she should bond closely with all members of a family, she might never completely warm up to visitors. This behavior will require a home with patient and considerate owners, willing to help her come out of her shell, while understanding her limits. 

Note that Anna thrives in the company of another dog, preferably a confident and outgoing dog. We would like to place her in a home with a compatible friendly male who will help her gain confidence in herself. 

Living Situation:

Annabelle is fostered in a family home with an adult American Bulldog and 3 cats. There's also 2 teenage boys in the home.  The home has a large yard with chain link fence.

 

Personality: 

 Anna is happiest when close to her loved-ones, cuddling on a couch.  The boys in her foster homes are her favorite!  Anna gets easily startled and prefers a calm and quiet environment.

 

Anna is making progress as she is getting socialization. As explain above, we feel she would be best in a home with another dog to show her the ropes of family life.  She is still so scared of everything that she has to be carried to potty, eat  and such, but will follow a doggy friend.  Her foster family is helping her learn to walk on her own without being terrified of everything. A work in progress. 

​​​Behavior with people: 

Very loving and cuddly with those she knows. Alarmed and withdraw, even fearful, with strangers. This behavior might improved in time, but may never disappear completely. She is not showing any signs of human-aggression btw; just great timidity. 

 

Behavior with children: 

We do not recommend a home with children for this sweetie. Toddlers will scare her and not help with her rehabilitation, and older kids might have a hard time bringing friends over to visit without setting her back. A home with patient, understanding adults is preferred. 

 

Behavior with other dogs: 

She loves other dogs, not to say "needs" them. She comes out of her shell in their presence and learns from their behavior. 

 

Behavior with other animals: 

Anna shares her foster home with 3 cats and no problem there. 

 

Training:

Anna is crate trained and housebroken. She actually loves her crate and sees it as her safe den. She feels at lost without it. Anna has not learned much commands yet. We are still working on helping her overcome her fears first.  

Best Attribute:  

Despite her anxiety and fright of the world, Annabelle is a doll and very easy to love. Her small size makes her easy to handle and she is actually no trouble at all provided you accept her issues. She is adorably cute and very deserving of love. There are training techniques to help shy dogs and Annabelle would greatly benefit to find a family willing to invest the time in helping her open up to the world, and smile at life. 

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