7 yr old female Shiba, no small children, needs another dog in the home
This precious little girl is Nezumi, but we call her “Zumi”. Nezumi means mouse in Japanese, so we thought it an appropriate name for such a tiny little thing. She is only 10 lbs!! Poor Zumi has lived her entire life in a cage in a puppy mill, so she had never known any kindness from humans, had never been inside of a home, and had never known the joy of running around and rolling in grass until COSIR rescued her. Like all puppy mill survivors, Zumi is suffering from PTSD and is very fearful of humans and the world. The only thing she is not fearful of is other dogs, and in fact, needs other dogs around her to feel safe and secure. Dogs like Zumi always feel the most comfortable either in their crate or in the backyard, need time to adopt to life indoors, and are usually too fearful to tolerate small children in the home. It can take anywhere from several months to a couple years before they allow affection from their humans, walk on leash, or go on adventures. Zumi has been placed in a foster home with 3 other Shibas to help her through this transition and show her the ropes. COSIR has had her vaccinated and started on heartworm prevention. She is scheduled for a spay surgery and will need a few weeks to recover. Her foster mom has lots of experience rehabilitating super fearful puppy mill survivors, and will give her the love and patience she needs while she learns how to trust humans, be a part of a family, and live in a house. She is already showing tremendous progress considering everything she has been through. It will be a while before she’s ready for her forever home, and will need a very special adopter when she is, so stay tuned!