Category: Columbia SC
Adoption Status: In Process to the Plymale family of Augusta GA
Pet/Kennel Name: Dart
Age: 1.5
Color/Gender: Black Female
Cat Tolerance: Yes
Small Dog Trainable: Yes
Good w/ Children: Older Children Only
Fostered by (location): Ng, Columbia Sc
Additional Details:

Dart just arrived from the Roban farm in Florida where she was being trained to race. She is really young and won't even turn 2 until November 27th. She was never officially registered and never got a registered name. She was tattooed at 3 months of age though Right ear is 118F and left ear is 73158. She went to race training but flunked that because she is exceptionally shy, what we call a spook. Spooks are usually genetically shy, anxious dogs that are afraid of everything new, much like a person with severe social anxiety. Dart has three littermates that are not as shy, that are registered to race Mergen For Prez, RTSS Cherub Rock and RTSS Zamboni Man. We just placed a half sister by the same mom named She'sLikeNoOther and she is a very friendly social girl. Dart's sire is Superior Panama and her dam is PJ Hardnottolike. Dart is exceptionally fearful of everything new. She loves her crate and feels safe there and doesn't want to come out even for potty breaks. Eventually she will slowly come out, but then she will try to bolt away from the person holding the leash. She is being leash walked to potty by her foster mom inside her fenced backyard because she is too fearful to be caught at first. If her foster mom moves fast or steps on a twig she bolts and she tries to stay as far away from her as she can while on leash. Dart is a dog that will warm up with time to her people in her home. She has to have a securely fenced yard because of the danger of her bolting when on leash and getting away. She is going to be a long term project though and isn't going to just become a happy, social dog in a week or two or even a month or two. Dart is never likely to enjoy going outside her home and will always be a homebody. We have placed dogs like her that have taken a year to really warm up and be comfortable around her own family. She will need a quiet home that doesn't have many visitors and one without small loud kids. Visitors and loud kids and their toys and friends would be terrifying to a dog like her. Dart likes other dogs and really would do best in a home with at least one other confident dog to follow around. A buddy usually helps spooky dogs be more comfortable. Dart may never be a social butterfly that will happily greet you at the door but the spooks can be very rewarding when you finally gain their trust. She needs an understanding family that will accept her as she is and not expect her to change. 

Tag: Adoption Pending
Picture: Dart10.jpg
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