SAUWI – A1089497
Safe - 9-25-2016 Manhattan
SAUWI – A1089497
SPAYED FEMALE, BLUE / WHITE, AMERICAN STAFF / AM PIT BULL TER, 5 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason MOVE2PRIVA
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 09/12/2016, From NY 10473, DueOut Date 09/12/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation No Initial Behavior
Medical Summary No Initial Exam
A volunteer writes:
Sorry not sorry. I’m in love with Sauwi. A gorgeous, silver nugget with perfect puppy dog eyes and a long ever-wagging tail, 5 year-old Sauwi is every dog-owner’s dream. She’s perfectly plump having obviously enjoyed the love, affection, and treats of her former family, and wow does she have the manners to prove it. She walks beautifully on leash, sits for her treats, appears to be housebroken, and has little to no reaction to passing pups on a walk. Sauwi previously lived well with young children and two small pups. It is said she adjusted her play style accordingly to fit the younger and older children. I can’t say I’m surprised to hear it. Sauwi is a sensitive soul. On a recent walk she sat at my feet and moved her head from side to side with every inflection of my voice. A simple nudge on the leash was all that was needed to steer her one way or the other. Yes, like a miniature, grey thoroughbred, Sauwi seems to become “one” with whatever company she keeps and at 5 years-old she is truly the perfect age. All sound too good to be true? I assure you it isn’t. But don’t take my word for it. Come see for yourself what all the fuss is about. You won’t be Sauwi you did. Sauwi is waiting in adoptions at Manhattan’s ACC.
Sauwi is a 5 year old APBT mix. Her family got her from a neighbor when she was a puppy and relinquished her because they’re moving to a home that doesn’t allow pets.
Sauwi is friendly/outgoing with new people. She lived with 3 children, ages 0-8 and is relaxed, playful, and tolerant with them. She plays exuberantly with adults and older children (>5 years old) and gently with smaller children (<5 years old). Sauwi lived with 2 small female dogs and was relaxed, playful, and tolerant with them. They were affectionate and slept together. Outside, she ignores quiet, respectful dogs that ignore her. She growls/barks at dogs that bark at her. Sauwi was scratched by a cat outside ~2 years ago and has since avoided them. She hasn’t bit anyone.
Sauwi is nervous during storms. She enjoys being bathed and brushed and is friendly with strangers who approach her home/family. She doesn’t mind when someone takes her food/treat/toy, moves her off furniture, holds/restrains her, wakes her up, or trims her nails.
FOR A NEW FAMILY TO KNOW
Sauwi’s family describes her as friendly, affectionate, playful, and medium energy. She followed them and played fetch and chase. She lived inside and sometimes slept on the terrace. She ate dry Beneful food and enjoyed fruit as treats. She’s housetrained, potties anywhere outside, and doesn’t have accidents. She is well-behaved while inside home alone or while in the yard with a 5’gate. She had an open crate in the past and slept in it regularly. She comes and stays when asked. She doesn’t pull on the leash when walked with her Freedom Walk Harness. Off-leash, she wanders but comes when called.
Sauwi had a soft body while I pet her, scanned her (-), photographed her, and collared her. Her tail wagged while I looked at, talked to, and pet her. Her tail stopped wagging while I collared but she didn’t become stiff. After her owners left, she lied in front of the door stared up at it. When I stooped down, she sat close to me and rested her head on my leg.
Unaltered, Owner surrender
Previously lived with: Adults, children and dogs
Behavior toward children: Tolerant/gentle
Behavior toward dogs: Relaxed, playful and tolerant
Behavior toward cats: Avoidant
FG/RG: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Housetrained: She’s housetrained
Energy level/descriptors: Medium
Other notes: She doesn’t pull on the leash when walked with her Freedom Walk Harness. She is well-behaved while inside home alone
Look: 1. Dog holds gaze with soft eyes, soft body. She allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands. Dog holds gaze for three full seconds.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, and her tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body soft, ears back, wagging tail.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back her paw.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds.
Toy 1. Minimal interest. Dog may smell or lick toy, then turn away.
Summary: Sauwi displayed no concern during her assessment.
When introduced off leash to another dog in the care center, Sauwi displays a bit of a tense body, however allows the male greeter to offer a polite greeting. She wanders off and does not re-approach. When solicited with play, Sauwi offers an appropriate correction. Her previous owner cites “Sauwi lived with 2 small female dogs and was relaxed, playful, and tolerant with them. They were affectionate and slept together. Outside, she ignores quiet, respectful dogs that ignore her. She growls/barks at dogs that bark at her.” The behavior team feels Sauwi should require pre-adoption interactions and slow introduction before placement into a home with other dogs, as behavior observed in the care center are not consistent with those observed by the previous owner at this time.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Average (Suitable for an adopter with an Average amount of dog experience)
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