COCOA – A1089054
Safe - 9-17-2016 Manhattan
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COCOA – A1089054
**SAFER : AVERAGE HOME**
FEMALE, WHITE / TAN, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 2 yrs, 6 mos
OWNER SUR – AVAILABLE, NO HOLD Reason MOVE2PRIVA
Intake condition UNSPECIFIED Intake Date 09/08/2016, From NY 10474, DueOut Date 09/08/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary Microchip: negative Sex: intact female Age: reported 2y Mentation: QARH Eyes: clear Ears: clean Nose: no d/c Teeth: mild staining If abnormal BCS: WNL Skin: WNL Hair Coat: WNL Declawed: N/A Any injuries: no Behavior: very timid but sweet and seeks comfort in handlers Medication: N/A, preventatives given
A volunteer writes: When Cocoa’s family lost their home, Cocoa lost everything as well. A family that included 2 children with whom she played, a cat she played with and liked to chase (but backed away with a swat), a family that played tug with her favorite toy (she play growls), people she cuddled with, slept in the room with, and loved to the moon and back. We’re told that she’s housetrained (check), well behaved when left home alone, enjoys dental chews as treats, knows ‘sit’ (check), and if she pulls on the leash is told ‘wait’ and she’ll slow down. I loved meeting Cocoa who showed me her belly when I opened her kennel door, went potty the moment we were outside and looks for her people as we walked to the park. Cocoa is a cuddle girl, a Velcro dog, wanting to get as close as possible to me, putting her paws on my shoulders and holding on tight. Lots of kisses, lots of cuddles, she’s so sweet and soft I wanted to promise her the world. I did promise her a new family to love so please help me keep my promise to her. Invite her into your heart, your lap, your home and you will have a best friend with whom to go through life. I can’t imagine anything better.
Cocoa is a 2 year old female dog, possibly an APBT / American Bulldog mix. Her family got her as a gift from a friend when she was a puppy and relinquished her when they lost their home.
Cocoa is friendly/outgoing with new people. She lived with 2 children ages 11-14 and was relaxed, playful, and tolerant with them. She plays somewhat rough with people, jumping up. She lived with a cat and was playful with him and chased him. He would swat at her and she would back away from him. Cocoa is relaxed, playful, tolerant, and plays somewhat rough with dogs she meets outside; she mounts them sometimes. She hasn’t bit anyone.
Cocoa doesn’t mind storms. She doesn’t mind when someone takes her food or treat. When someone grabs her toy, she growls and holds it in her mouth while wiggling around and/or throws it around and jumps around. Her family feels she is playing that would not bite them. In
this situation, she allows them to open her mouth and take the toy out.
FOR A NEW FAMILY TO KNOW
Cocoa’s family describes her as friendly, affectionate, playful, excitable, happy, and high energy. She follows them everywhere and likes to cuddle. She plays fetch, chase, and tug and plays with chew toys and bones. Cocoa lived inside and slept in her owner’s room in the closet. She ate dry and wet Pedigree foods. She enjoyed dental chews as treats. She’s housetrained, pottied on cement, and didn’t have accidents. She’s well-behaved while home alone. She was left alone in a gated yard with a 7′ fence. She would sometimes bark at passersby but didn’t attempt to escape. She sits when asked and slows down on walks when asked to “wait.” She went for brisk walks and runs and pulls on the leash. Off-leash, she explores, runs around, keeps her distance, and is difficult to catch.
Cocoa had a super loose, wiggly body, open mouth, and wagging tail. She jumped up and leaned into me and licked me while I pet her. She jumped up and sat in a chair. She continued wiggling while I pet her, scanned her (-), collared her, and positioned her for pictures.
Previously lived with: Adults, Children
Behavior toward children: Playful/tolerant
Behavior toward dogs: Playful /relaxed
Behavior toward cats: Playful
FG/RG: She doesn’t mind when someone takes her food or treat. When someone grabs her toy, she growls and holds it in her mouth while wiggling around (seeming to be play growls).
Bite history: Not reported
Energy level/descriptors: High energy
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, and her tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture.
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body low and a bit fearful.
Squeeze 1/2: 1. Dog gently pulls back her paw.
Toy 1. No interest
Summary: Cocoa was a bit shy/timid upon approach, though warms up to handler quickly, displaying social behavior. Cocoa displayed no human directed aggression.
When introduced off leash to another dog in the care center, Cocoa takes time to warm up, then eventually engages in bouncy, soft play. “Cocoa is relaxed, playful, tolerant, and plays somewhat rough with dogs she meets outside; she mounts them sometimes”. The behavior team feels that Cocoa could potentially be adopted to a home with another dog pending a successful pre adoption interaction.
During her medical examination, Cocoa as timid though sought comfort/attention from handlers.
ENERGY LEVEL: Owner reports high energy
RECOMMENDATIONS: Average (an adopter with an average amount of dog experience)
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