LADY STEEL – 21014
Safe - 2-24-2018 Manhattan
Hello, my name is Lady Steel. My animal id is #21014. I am a desexed female brown dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 14 years old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 18-Feb-2018, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- moving – no pets allowed.
Lady Steel is a geriatric gal with some underlying medical conditions that an adopter should be prepared to manage. She has arthritis and allergies that could benefit from additional follow up with a veterinarian. We recommend that she go to an experienced dog home.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: Her name sounds fit for a superhero and while petite senior Lady Steel may not fit the typical profile, when it comes to courage and heart, she’s up there with the best. Her powers include the ability to draw a crowd with just one look, stroll through the park like she owns it, give incredibly soft kisses and amble down stairs with puppy-like ease. As for bravery, this little gal puts the big boys to shame! After losing literally everything she’s ever known–her younger brother Max, the human brother she grew up alongside and a safe, familiar home–Lady Steel still soldiers on with hopeful eyes and eagerly nudges the door of her den the moment I approach. She knows how to sit, stay, come here, give paw, and roll over on command and she walks beautifully on leash too. Shy but social, easy to handle and easy to love, Lady Steel has but one nemesis in all the world…cats! She prefers to chase them so no felines will be making the cut in her squad, thank you very much. Lady Steel’s former owner described her as friendly, affectionate, and independent and when asked to share their favorite thing about her they offered this simple answer that truly says it all: what a good dog she has been. Lady Steel has a lifetime of love and loyalty under her belt already and so much still to give to a new family. Will you step up and be the hero she deserves?
My medical notes are…
Weight: 38.2 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
Date of intake:: 2/18/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: Yes
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 14 years)
Previously lived with:: Adults, a child, and a dog
Behavior toward strangers:: Shy, sometimes growls
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed and respectful of the child she lived with
Behavior toward dogs:: Relaxed and playful
Behavior toward cats:: Growls at and chases them
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Lady Steel is described as friendly, affectionate, and independent with a low level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 2/19/2018
Look:: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, with tail wagging and ears back. Allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity:: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag:: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body soft.
Paw squeeze 1:: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Eyes are averted and ears are relaxed or back.
Paw squeeze 2:: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Eyes are averted and ears are relaxed or back.
Flank squeeze 1:: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2:: Item not conducted
Toy:: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary:: Lady Steel appeared anxious in the assessment room, whining and barking, but she approached the assessor with a soft body. She continued to appear anxious during the assessment, but was social with the assessor and allowed all handling.
Summary (1):: 2/19: When introduced off leash to the male greeter dog, Lady Steele greets then wanders while remaining neutral. She corrects a dog when they attempt to play with her.
Date of intake:: 2/18/2018
Summary:: Lady was whining but allowed all handling.
Date of initial:: 2/18/2018
Summary:: Lady Steel allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: Lady Steel’s previous owner described her as having a low level of activity.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No young children (under 5),No cats
Recommendations comments:: No young children: Due to Lady Steel’s history in the home of growling at strangers, we recommend a home without young children. Older children who can be trusted to leave Lady Steel alone if she displays these warning signals can be considered pending an in depth interaction.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Anxiety
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Lady Steel is reported to sometimes growl at strangers. It is important to move slowly with Lady Steel and to respect any warning signals, such as a growl, that she gives by leaving her alone. Positive reinforcement, reward based training should always be used when introducing Lady Steel to new people. Anxiety: Lady Steel appears anxious in the care center. This behavior was not noted by her previous owner but may surface in a new home. If it does occur, we recommend giving her puzzle toys, long walks, and things to do to relieve her anxiety. Positive reinforcement, reward based training only should be used.
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