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Well hello there, my name is Dixie!
I was found by animal control in an alley, unable to walk, probably hit by a car. Those nice rescue folks from Camp Cocker came along and got me out of the shelter and rushed me into emergency surgery for my fractured pelvis.
I am walking again and I even run and chase squirrels! (yep, I'm an official Squirrel Patrol officer)
I was super shy when I first went to my foster home. I was hand shy and wouldn't take treats from anyone's hands. I would flinch if someone rushed to reach for me too quickly, or approached me from the top of my head.
After about six weeks of getting to know the people in my foster home, I began to open up and trust more. I now can even take treats from the hands of someone that has earned my trust, can you believe it? That was a big step for me! Whomever might adopt me, can you please give me a month or so to learn to trust you before you rush me? I promise you, once I trust you, it will be amazing! You will see my butt wiggle for the first time and feel so proud of me. Because I'm shy with strangers, it makes my love all that much worthwhile when I open my heart to you.
When I first was introduced to the other doggies in my foster home, I was overwhelmed and nervous. They just wanted to sniff me and meet be but I would get reactive if they came within two feet of me. Now I know my foster doggie friends and I am used to them bumping into me and I know they won't hurt me so I no longer am reactive.
I hope that my new adopters might be patient with me and if there is another dog in my new home, they will let me go slow and at my own pace, so I can get to know the other doggie and not feel so overwhelmed that I have to be reactive. You see, I never really had anyone that cared about me before and I didn't have much positive experiences with other doggies.
But I'm learning to be social with friendly dogs. Please don't force me to go to a busy public place like a dog park, it would be too much for me and it might bring up my fears of stranger dogs getting too near to me.
I am slow to warm up to new people, so when people meet me who might adopt me, they think I am standoff-ish and not for them. I hope that one day, I will find some nice adopters who won't mind that I am shy in the beginning, and will give me a chance to warm up to them.
I probably would flourish in an adult only home, only because children can make quick unpredictable movements and that would frighten me. I like a calm predictable home environment.
I might be about six to seven years old (that is a guess), and I am house-trained to use a doggie door to go potty in a backyard. Hey, did you know I can do an Elvis impression? That's right, sometimes my lip gets caught on my tooth and I make an Elvis lip. Everyone thinks I'm adorable and I hope you will too!
I have a cataract growing in my right eye and Camp Cocker Rescue is willing to sponsor the cataract surgery as long as my adopters agree to go to a veterinary ophthalmologist that works with Camp Cocker and gives them a fair rescue price. My favorite doggie opthalmologist is Dr. Chang in West Los Angeles. Maybe I will get lucky and can get adopted somewhere within an hour or so from there, so he can do my eye surgery? It's not urgent but I should probably get the surgery done in the next six months or so. Oh those backyard breeders who are ruining my breed, us cockers can get cataracts as young as two years of age, can you believe it?
If you are interested in meeting me, please read through our adoption process, which you can find by clicking here.
Thank you so much for supporting animal rescue and for considering me for adoption!