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Willow was adopted and returned. No fault of her own she just did not like the cats. The returning owner said she was very well trained, played nicely, and walked calmly on the leash. Willow is now happily back with her former foster family who love her but can't wait for her to find her "fur"-ever home.
Foster Update 5/2: Willow loves her people and is excited to be around us. Willow can get excited when we return home, are going for a walk, or have a special treat and she may jump on us then. She’s about 70 lbs and pack a punch with her paws. She also occasionally likes to play a game outside she may call “catch me if you can”. She starts this game by jumping on you and then expects you to chase her, and if you don’t she may jump again. She would do best in an active home with older/no children, just because she doesn't know her own strength and could knock over a child.
It appears her need for the Prednisone is a seasonal allergy. We eventually stopped medication when the summer weeds died in our yard (Oct or Nov?). However, now that the spring allergies are in bloom, I have noticed her belly may be starting to get itchy and irritated again. New owners should be aware that Willow will probabaly need Prednisone for allergies during the spring and fall seasons.
She can also have a sensitive stomach.....Too many treats, changing her dog food, or table scraps will probably end up causing diarrhea. Judy told me her previous owners also mentioned her stomach issues. The shelter also reported loose stool when we had to drop her off for a weekend, this could have been separation anxiety, though. Like many dogs, Willow needs a consistent diet of a good dog food (PRBJ prefers the Natural Balanace brand).
She is a good dog though. Willow gets frightened of unfamiliar things and sounds. With a calm, patient home, we are confident she will become more familiar with new sounds, etc. and settle right in~
UPDATE: Willow, now known as Bailey, was returned to us by the family that adopted her as a puppy. She is a wonderful dog but their older dog developed problems that needed to be tended to and Bailey wasn't getting the attention she needed. According to them, she loves to go running, swimming, and chasing the frisbee. She is housebroken and crate trained.
Willow came to us from a owner who couldn't keep her because she got too big. Poor girl looks like a Dane mix but the vet also thinks she could be a Bull Terrier/ Hound mix. Its really hard to tell what the mix is but she is cute and loving just the same!
Willow, now known as Bailey According to www.dogbreedinfo.com, in 1830, when combats between Bulldogs and bulls were at there height, lovers of this "sport" decided to create a dog that would attack even more agilely. By crossing the Bulldog with the Old English Terrier and adding a bit of Spanish Pointer blood, they came up with the Bull Terrier. However, Bull Terriers were not the most successful fighters. In 1850 the white-coated variety (nicknamed the "White Cavalier") was obtained and soon became a fashionable pet of the gentry. The breed has been used as a guard, ratter, herder and watchdog. The Miniature was developed to have the same qualities in a dog of more manageable size. Though this breed was once a fierce gladiator, he is much gentler now. A Bull Terrier might have a preventive effect and it might defend it's owner in a truly critical situation, but it isn't breed to be a guard dog. Courageous, scrappy, fun-loving, active, clownish and fearless. The Bull Terrier is a loyal, polite, and obedient dog. They become very attached to their owners. The Bull Terrier thrives on affection and makes a fine family pet. Bull Terriers like to be doing something and fit in well with active families where they receive a great deal of companionship and supervision. They do not do well in situations where they are left alone for 8 hours a day. This breed can be a wonderful pet if very thoroughly socialized and trained, but not recommended for most households. Fond of both grown-ups and children, but may be too energetic for small children. They cannot tolerate teasing and children should be taught to respect the dog. They can be very protective and willful. Do not encourage this breed to be possessive or jealous. Bull Terriers may try to join into family rough housing or quarrel. They need very firm training and lots of exercise. Bull Terriers must be given a lot of companionship, or they may become destructive. Be sure to socialize them well and remain their pack leader 100% of the time, otherwise, they can be extremely aggressive with other dogs. Unaltered males usually do not get along with other male dogs. Males and females can live together happily and two females can also be a good combination with care and supervision. They are not recommended with other pets. They make excellent watch dogs. This breed can be somewhat difficult to train. They have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.