Named after Havarti due to her stunning and unique coloring. Plus really, who doesn't LOVE cheese?
Havarti came into our program after trembling in her kennel at the local pound for several months. Labeled shy and hard-to-place, poor thing was scared to death so a plea for her rescue came to us.
Animal control initially found her as a stray and she was never claimed. We can't wait to see what a little love can do for this very timid girl.
Adoption Fee: $150
Breed: Pit Bull
Age: 1-3 yrs
Weight: 38-48 lbs
Havarti has no known health issues. She is spayed, up-to-date on vaccination and microchipped.
Small but strong build. Beautiful light brindle coat. Big silly ears that add to her personalty.
Havarti is fostered in a home with two older dogs, both pix bull mixes. There is a large fenced yard with 6ft wood fence.
This sweetie was extremely nervous of her new surroundings when she first arrived in foster care but has warmed up to her foster parents very quickly! After only a day or two, she showed excitement when she saw either of them and was happy to cuddle or play in the yard.
*** Note that when she was still timid she tried to jump her 6ft privacy fence and was nearly successful. Since she has become comfortable, she hasn't tried that again - we think that was just her fight or flight defense kicking in. ***
Havarti is great on the leash and looks forward to her walks. She doesn't pull at all and is comfortable staying at her walker's pace.
Her foster family takes turns with sleeping arrangements. Sometimes she sleeps in her kennel and sometimes she sleeps on a dog bed on the floor in her parent's room. She is well-behaved in either situation and will gently let them know when she's ready to go outside in the morning. When no one's home, she is kenneled and has been non-destructive.
We believe that a lot of Havarti's fear was related to being abandoned in a high volume city pound. She has made tremendous progress in foster care so she probably wasn't born as shy as she first appeared. Still, she might never be a super outgoing social butterfly, but she is definitly becoming more comfortable as she adapts to her temporary home. Foster mom has helped other shy dogs come out of their shell before and Havarti showing great potential.
In fact, this sweetie is becoming an animated goofball! Her favorite two things are cuddling on the couch or butt-runs in the yard. She loves attention but will also be occupied with a bone and keep herself busy. She has a fair amount of energy but not in a hyper way - she just needs her time in the yard or on a long walk and she's good to go!
We would describe her personalty has submissive and responsive and her energy level as medium.
Behavior with people:
Havarti is very shy with new people but almost instantly warms up to them. She is most nervous when her atmosphere changes and she's put in a new environment - new people can come into the house and she's not as scared as when you move her somewhere new.
Once at ease, she is loving and cuddly.
Behavior with children:
Unknown. We do believe that for her sake, Havarti would do best in a home with adults.
Behavior with other dogs:
She LOVES other dogs. We are told that she was a 'greeter dog' at the city shelter which means she's the neutral personality that seems to get along with every dog. She helped test incoming dogs to see their friendliness levels. She has been introduced to one of her foster brothers and was submissive with him. When he wants to stop playing, he lets her know and she responds immediately.
We believe that Havarti would be happier in a home with an outgoing male companion. She would seek reassurance through and he would help her see that people are nice.
Behavior with other animals:
Havarti is housebroken, crate trained, and so far, she knows 'sit.' We are working on other simple commands and she is definitely treat-motivated so that's helping us teach her!
From her foster mom: Given how terrified Havarti was at the city shelter, she has bloomed so beautifully where she's been planted. I'm so impressed with how quickly she's learned to trust us and show us love. I can't wait to watch her grow and teach her how to be a pet, like she deserves.
Havarti would be best in a loving home with gentle and patient owners. She loves activity and wants to be included in whatever is going on. She really comes alive when she is around other dogs so her ideal situation would include a compatible male.