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Ayla is a beautiful couch-potato lover girl, about 5 years old, who was abandoned by her owner - they went "on vacation" and left some friends in charge of bringing food to Ayla, who was left outside; unfortunately, despite being contacted, the owners have never come back from "vacation" and the property they were renting was sold, leaving Ayla homeless. The people who were caring for her reported her as a hound/pit bull mix, but to us, she really looks most like an overgrown red heeler!
While she was at the shelter, Ayla had some minor issues with other dogs - she didn't like them near her kennel or food. However, since she has been in a foster home, she has been GREAT with other dogs - even shares bones and toys.
She is an "easy keeper" - housetrained, a bit overweight, good on leash, easy to groom. She allows humans to pick up her food and remove food from her mouth. Here is an update from her foster mom, on 12/27:
"I love her!!! She's soooooo happy, easy going, smiley, EVERYBODY loves her, and what an easy keeper! I've been getting weight off of her and she's looking really good--moving a lot easier, too (jumps in and out of my car and other cars, SUVs, minivans, etc. without any help, now). She loves dog hikes, stays close, doesn't run off, and comes right away when called. She's good on a leash, though she doesn't need to be on one at all, as all she wants to do is go wherever you're going. She's been eating very politely around my dog, who would love to nose into her bowl if I wasn't supervising. She's also been enjoying sorting through the old bones in my dog bones basket. She licks and chews contentedly, and isn't at all bothered when my dog walks around her, to and fro. Both Ayla and my dog enjoy an occasional rawhide chip, and they leave each to their own. My dog often abandons hers, and Ayla waits until my dog has completely lost interest in it before she'll eat it, if at all. I had four dogs here once, and all got fresh marrow bones. All were polite and didn't try to take anyone else's. When one was done with hers, Ayla waited until the dog got up and walked away, before taking over that one. Quite frankly, she just charms the socks off of everyone she meets. She's going to make someone a really good dog, and such an easy keeper."
Ayla seems to know "sit" and "down" - and she is a fairly quiet dog, who waits patiently for the next volunteer to arrive and take her out of her kennel. She is also a "leaner" - she loves to be in as much physical contact with a person as she can be, and will often run over to lean against you or snuggle up next to you.
Ayla's perfect home would allow her to relax inside with her favorite people most of the time; she is perfectly housetrained and goes outside as needed, but usually wants to come right back inside (particularly during the cold, wet days). She is the perfect couch-potato dog for someone who wants a devoted companion to share TV sports viewing. Ayla doesn't need much exercise, though she would benefit from at least one or two short, brisk walks each day, to help her slim down her "sausage" figure! She is a joyful dog, and her whole body wriggles happily when she sees one of "her" volunteers arrive.
Although she is a relaxed dog, she does enjoy an occasional game of pounce and fetch (see the third video below).
Ayla has been with us for a couple of months now, and we are hoping you will find her and bring her home soon, as the shelter does start to get overcrowded during the coldest months. Can you invite Ayla into your family for 2012?
Here is a short video of Ayla; interesting to note that it was taken only 15 minutes after she met the woman in the video for the first time:
And here is a brief video of her meeting Forrest Gump for the first time - she doesn't perceive him as a dominant dog, so is completely nonchalant:
Finally, here is a video of Ayla in a more playful mood:
Like all our adult pet placements, Ayla comes with a 30-day money-back trial adoption period.
Spay/neuter, worming, microchip and all age-appropriate shots are always completed before placement, and are included in the adoption fee (suggested minimum
$75 $60 LONG-TIMER DISCOUNT; more gratefully accepted!)
Can't come to Republic? Don't let that
stop you! We have monthly transports to both the Seattle area and Spokane, delivering adopted pets to their new owners. If you can add a little to your donation to help us cover our volunteer driver's expenses, that would be great!
see next transports to Seattle area and Spokane on the homepage
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