PIXIE – A1076512
Safe - 6-12-2016 Manhattan
PIXIE – A1076512
**SAFER: AVERAGE HOME**
FEMALE, WHITE / BLACK, AMER BULLDOG / STAFFORDSHIRE, 1 yr
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 06/06/2016, From NY 10002, DueOut Date 06/09/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary BARH scan negative young female dog clean teeth, ears, body coat cropped ears NOSF
A volunteer writes:
What do you get when you cross a miniature cow, a miniature pig, and one giant personality? Pixie! 1 year-old Pixie is part American Bulldog, part American Staffie, and one all-American goofball. Though she came to us as a stray, it’s easy to tell that miss Pixie has been loved. She is quiet and calm in her kennel before our walk so much so that I do a double-take at the “approximately 1 year-old” on her card. She walks well on leash, cutely waddling just in front of me, before eventually sidling herself up on to our bench with surprising ease (if not grace). Right by my side is this sweetheart’s sweet spot it seems. She beams, giggles, and wiggles during a butt rub and when I stop demands more with a few adorable grunts. Eventually she decides next to me isn’t QUITE close enough so she flings herself (again, with ease, not grace) onto my lap and in moments I’m covered in kisses. I offer her treats but they’re not up to snuff (sniff?). Yep, this girl has been spoiled. As we head inside at the end of our night I bend down to scratch under her wrinkly chin and am rewarded with one last “SLURRRP!” I quietly close her door and start my walk home, unable to wipe the smile (and a little drool) off my face. Pixie is waiting in adoptions at Manhattan’s ACC.
Pixie came to us as a stray, but stayed overnight with the finder before coming to the shelter. According to the finder Pixie was around the finder’s children, dog and cat. Around the children Pixie was said to be relaxed and playful, and was respectful toward the dogs and the cat.
Pixie was very interested and excited to interact with the assessor when entering the behavior room. She allowed the assessor to conduct all tactile assessment items while maintaining soft body language. Pixie engaged in play during the tag interaction with soft body language and calmed quickly at the end of the item. She only displayed minimal interest in the toy on this portion of the assessment. We believe that Pixie can go to an adopter with an average amount of dog experience.
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted. Her ears are back, her tail is down, and she has a relaxed body posture. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag: 1. Dog assumes play position and joins the game. She indicates play with huffing, soft ‘popping’ of the body, etc.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back her paw. Dog licks hand.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back her paw. Dog licks hand.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest. Dog smells, licks and mouths, then walks away.
When off leash with other dogs, Pixie is initially tense, however softens up, is tolerant of solicitation from the helper, and even begins to briefly engage.
6/8: Pixie engages in pushy play with a playful male dog.
6/9: Pixie greets and wanders. She becomes anxious and distracted with prolonged time outside.
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