- Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
- Adoption Fee: 400
- Species: Dog
- Rescue ID: D200613
- General Color: Tan
- Eye Color: Brown
- Ear Type: Semi-erect
- Tail Type: Long
- Current Size: 15 Pounds
- Potential Size: 15 Pounds
- Current Age: 1 Year 2 Months (best estimate)
- Fence Required: Yes(6 foot)
- Declawed: No
- Housetrained: Yes
- Obedience Training Needed: Needs Training
- Exercise Needs: Moderate
- Grooming Needs: Low
- Shedding Amount: Moderate
- Owner Experience Needed: None
- Reaction to New People: Cautious
Adoption Fee: 400.00
***Please note, due to his needs, Levi will only be adopted out to a family with a physical fence, another resident dog, and shy/fearful dog experience***
Hi everyone, my name is Levi. I have a bit of a tricky past, but I'm working SO hard on getting over it and trying to be a dog so that I can find the perfect family for me. I've already made huge strides so far. You see, I lived in a house with 12 other dogs and my owner in Texas. Then one day, my owner died and we didn't know what to do. We were trapped inside with no food or water and it was SO scary. They said that there was this virus thing going on, so no one noticed that my owner wasn't coming and going like normal and we were stuck in there for THREE WEEKS. :-( Finally, animal control came and got us all and took us to the shelter. We were very lucky that there was a rescue with fosters waiting for us and we almost all got to leave the same day we got there. In my TX foster home, I pretty much was too terrified to move and slunk into the corner of a fence. My TX foster didn't even know if I could walk because I refused to move and just laid there all day and tried to be invisible. Then after 10 days, I got on a bus and headed to Minnesota to start my new life.
Once I got here, I had a different foster who told me that I was on lockdown mode until I could learn how to be a dog and earn some of her trust. That's ok though, it just made me feel safer. I wore my harness leash 24 hours a day for at least the first 2 weeks. There is a fenced in yard here, but I can go over and under it if I'm scared enough, so the leash and the constant supervision help keep me safe. Loud noises still make me VERY nervous and I'll retreat to the fence corner as fast as possible to try and be invisible again. I spent the first couple of days in a room by myself on the other side of baby gates and just watched the rest of the house. I liked having my kennel so I felt protected and like no one could sneak up behind me. I needed a chance to figure out where I was and if these people were nice or mean. On the 2nd night there, I jumped the baby gate and decided the living room was a good place to hang out now and be a little closer to the other dogs and people. I spent the next week following everyone around from room to room, but always tucking into a corner behind furniture so that I could safely watch.
The second week, I decided that these people were pretty ok.... they did keep feeding me and no one was trying to hurt me. They would pick me up to go potty and give me pets. This was the point when I decided I wanted to be even closer. Now, I would try to sit in my foster mom's lap every time she sat down. I like to be touching her constantly and go where she goes. When she leaves in the house, I still go in my kennel and I'm very quiet in there. but when she's home, we're practically inseparable. Finally after 3 weeks, I can go inside in the fenced in yard to go potty without my leash on. My foster mom knows I'll run outside with all the other dogs and then turn around and wait for her to catch up so I can find a good spot to go while I feel safe. I sleep snuggled in her bed every night, although I can sleep in my kennel too if you prefer. I love watching the other dogs and mimicking when they are doing. My foster mom thinks I'm right on the cusp of learning to play, but still a little bit too afraid to do so. I LOVE to chew, so make sure you have appropriate toys and chews for me. Otherwise I think that phone charge cords are a good substitute if one of those is lying around. I like to eat when my human sits RIGHT next to me once I'm comfortable with them. Otherwise I get distracted.
I explain all of this just so that you can understand that while I may take a little bit of time to warm up and adjust at my adoptive home, there is a huge snuggle bug of a pup hiding behind all of these layers of fear. I am SO happy now in my foster home and SO eager to learn from the other dogs and snuggle my humans, that I know I can do well in your home too. My foster mom said that there were some rules for me to go to a new house, and those are up at the top. We're not trying to be exclusive (although I am a pretty cool pup! ;-) ), we're just trying to keep me safe. My new home will need to be willing to keep me on leash for at least a few weeks, even inside the fence, give my my own space to decompress, and ALWAYS supervise me outside. But I promise that the reward will be a pup who couldn't possibly love you anymore than I will. I do GREAT with other dogs after a have a day or two to watch them. I haven't met a cat, but I think I would do ok if it was a playful cat. And kids would be WAY too scary for me. Things like hair dryers and the vent on the stove are scary, so I can't even imagine what those noisy tiny humans would do to my nerves. Yikes!
My foster mom says that under my fear, I have some of that trademark secret doxie sass! I like to think that her food is my food and try to sneak my head in her bowl/plate. Sometimes at night, I try and steal her pillow and push her off of it, I mean... I am a little prince afterall. And when she tells me NO, I look SUPER offended and make both of my ears stand up so that she sees that clearly I should be allowed to do what I want since I'm scared, right?!? Sometimes she just doesn't get me. :-) Overall though, I have ZERO aggression, just some fear and the need for a family who will keep me safe and secure. Do you think that you have the right home for me?
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