31 Dec Emmy
Emmy is a French Bulldog mix who found herself at a shelter through no fault of her own, and IBR was more than happy to give her a place to land.
This happy little girl is definitely a mix of some kind – we think Frenchie, Beagle and possibly Chihuahua. She can be pretty vocal and always has her nose to the ground. She’d love a fenced in yard or a dog park to explore and burn off energy! She can also be a bit high-strung and experiences separation anxiety. She wants to be near her person all the time and does not want them to leave. She will not chew on or get into anything she shouldn’t, but she will whine, bark, and try to dart out the door with you because she wants to go, too. Her foster mom has found that smearing a little peanut butter on the end of a chew bone helps distract Emmy and alleviate some of the stress.
The shelter estimated Emmy’s age as 9, but we’re not entirely convinced that is correct. She only has a bit of gray around her muzzle and she runs and and jumps like a much younger dog! Plus, this little girl is all muscle and incredibly strong for her size. Emmy has successfully scaled a 26 inch baby gate and climbs furniture like a mountain goat. Her teeth were pretty bad when she came in to rescue though, and she had to have 6 extractions. However, this hasn’t stopped her from enjoying her kibble, treats, and prized chew bones!
Emmy gets along pretty well with other dogs, but does not seek them out for companionship. She’s an independent woman when it comes to play and nap time, although she will curl up in bed with the humans at night. She can get overly excited when seeing other dogs out walking or at the vet and will try to run/pull toward them to check them out. We think cats would be a no go based on how she chases other small animals when out and about, she tends to be very focused and intent on trying to catch rabbits, squirrels and the occasional bird flying nearby. She also needs a home with no kids or older dog-savvy kids only, due to her strength and exuberance.
Some consistent obedience training may help Emmy to become more confident and less anxious. Her foster family has been working with her on some basic commands, but it has been slow progress because she is easily distracted and very excitable. She knows how to sit, but struggles with keeping her wiggly butt on the floor for more than a moment!