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Nine-year-old 15-lb. Zhorbit is a fearful dog because of a neglectful and abusive past. Fear, which is easily instilled in a dog, can be nearly impossible to completely extinguish. But Zhorbit wants you to know that she’s not “broken.” She just needs specific tools and management to exist with a little more ease and a little less fear. In June she began taking a daily medication to reduce anxiety to make her behavior training easier. And Zhorbit has participated in a number of training and behavior modification classes while in foster care, including basic and advanced obedience, agility, nose work, Tellington Touch, and classes for reactive dogs. She follows commands and knows several tricks. She is house trained and will bark when she needs to be let out. She can be left alone in the house for several hours at a time with no problem. Once she trusts you, she'll even relax enough to let you pet her (a little). She likes going for walks, so she's a great exercise partner. She will sit on your lap--when she wants to, under her own terms--but you can't pick her up. She'll love sleeping in bed with you and even snuggling, but don't move much or she'll likely growl. She can't tolerate being bathed or having her nails trimmed, and she even has to be sedated to go to the vet for the most minor of procedures. Not many people are savvy enough to handle Zhorbit and the remnants of her unfortunate past. If you are a truly dog-smart person who is able to see the diamond in the rough and who can appreciate a loyal and entertaining little dog with some significant touch aversions, then maybe you’re the one to help Zhorbit find it a little easier to “just be.” She also requires a household with no children, cats, or dogs (or maybe just one other small, submissive dog). Yes, Zhorbit can be a challenge, but she has a lot to offer and we believe in her continued ability to progress. Potential adopters must live within driving distance of Lansing, Michigan, so that they can have a preadoption meet-and-greet with Zhorbit and her foster parents. For more pictures of Zhorbit, visit her online photo album at http://imageevent.com/newrattitude/zhorbitdewittmichigan .
Our adoption fee is $175 for adult dogs or $225 for puppies under 6 months old.
If you are interested in adopting this dog, PLEASE READ THE DETAILED ADOPTION PROCESS information on our website at NewRattitude.org/adopt.htm. From there, you can access our adoption application or contact our Adoption Team for more info.