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Cora Shepherd & Pit Bull Terrier Mix Studio City, CA
- Spayed / neutered.
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She was rescued from a domestic violence case and it is clear that Cora experienced some kind of emotional trauma while with that family. While she is great with other dogs and seems very comfortable around women, she does have a fairly consistent fear/skepticism of men and is also very nervous around doorways.
Cora can be overwhelmed by her fears at times, so patience and confidence from her new family will be paramount to successful integration into her furever home. She is a loving dog and clearly wants to be a good girl more than anything. We believe that Cora will one day be able to come out of her shell, but it will take a strong foundation of trust in order for her to do that.
From her fosters:
"At the most fundamental level, Cora is a truly gentle animal. In spite of how nervous Cora can be, she has NEVER shown even the slightest bit of aggression toward any humans. Even my husband has been able to lay with her, bathe her, cut her nails, walk her, and pet her. Depending on the situation, she may grow tense and tuck her tail, but she has never shown the slightest inclination to lash out or be aggressive. I emphasize what a feat this is because my husband does his best to test the limits of every dog he has cared for.
"Cora is a true companion. She has taken to me since we began fostering her, and has become quite the companion around the house. She will spend time with me in the kitchen, lay outside the shower door while I am in the shower, and she sleeps next to my side of the bed every night. She will cuddle with me on the couch if I invite her, and will gladly fall asleep next to me. She has embraced a special bond between the two of us since becoming a part of our home, and I have enjoyed it just as much as her.
"Cora has excellent food manners. Our Beagle is, well, a Beagle. If there's food, she'll eat it. If there is a bone, it's hers. We initially removed any of the bones or toys that our CJ considers possessions, but Cora has shown no interest in stealing bones, toys or food. Furthermore, she is a well behaved eater and has been very easy to transition to new dog food. Full disclosure, she once pulled a Rotisserie Chicken carcass off of our kitchen counter. Our CJ isn't tall enough to reach the tops of our counters, so that was more of an error between my husband and I. However, that day we learned that Cora may have a few sly secrets of her own. Also, who doesn't love Rotisserie Chicken?
"Cora is excellent around other dogs. We fostered her along with Everest (the other adult dog that was rescued from her former home), to start, so it was no surprise that she was well behaved around other dogs. However, like my husband, our Beagle CJ can test the boundaries of what other dogs are willing to deal with as far as playtime goes, and Cora's patience has never wavered. She has shown her teeth as warning before, but never once has it gone past that. Cora has also been pleasant while encountering other dogs on walks. She has little interest in socializing, but again, has never shown any signs of aggression.
"Cora is very good at the simple logistics of being a dog, as well:
"She is accommodating when trying to put a leash on for walks, and although she is strong, does not jerk while on walks. She is nervous on walks of sudden noises or movements, but has never tried to thrash out her collar or escape. It's honestly more like she's had very little experience going for walks before living with us than anything!
"Cora is a great listener. She doesn't seem to know any tricks (my husband and I have wondered whether she was ever given treats or shown any affection of that kind), but she has grown accustomed to the way my husband and I call her and communicate with her. With a wave of our hand we can beckon to us, and she has never been stubborn about listening.
"She seems to love a good bath. My husband and I have bathed her outside on the hose, and inside in our bath tub. She gives us no trouble of any kind while we bathe her, and I think she may secretly like it.
"Cora lets you cut her nails. Like most dogs, she doesn't love having her paws handled, but if you are firm and confident, she will let you cut her nails without too much fuss.
"Cora doesn't try to escape. Although she has a hard time navigating her way through doors, that behavior does not seem to coincide with a desire to escape. As a matter of fact, she most often rushes through our door to get back inside of our house. Furthermore, she has never shown any signs of being a digger, chewer, or escaper of any other kind.
"Cora is great in the car. We have a dog hammock for the back seat of our car, and Cora has been on several car rides with us. She relaxes, watches, and even sneaks the occasional sniff out of the window. If you're in the car for more than 15 minutes you can certainly count on her falling asleep back there.
"Cora is totally submissive when being handled by humans. My husband and I have been able to grab her by her paws and flip her on her back to pet her belly. He has picked her up and carried her in his arms. We have also been able to open her mouth and check her teeth, clean her ears, clean her paws when they were hurt, etc.
"Cora is not a barker. Thinking of it now, I can't be certain we have ever heard Cora bark. She makes some pretty funny noise when she yawns, but no barking of any kind has happened.
"Although we don't have kids of our own, we were told that Cora came from a household that included children. We have no reason to believe that she wouldn't be /isn't right at home with little kids."
Thank you for your interest in giving this dog a forever home! - Please keep in mind that many of the dogs that come into Wagmor Pets have often had very little positive human interaction, and might take a little extra love and patience to feel comfortable in your home.
Also, because our animals are rescued, we cannot guarantee their breed. In most cases, our dogs will be mixed breed. Therefore, we do recommend DNA testing with Embark! Use code WAGMOR to get $40 off an Embark Breed and Health Kit. - https://embarkvet.com/
To apply to adopt at Wagmor Pets, please submit an application at http://www.wagmorpets.org/Adoption - If after reviewing your application we feel you could potentially be a good fit, and the dog is still available, an adoption coordinator may reach out to you via e-mail or phone to schedule a 15-Minute Phone Interview to go over your application, any questions you may have about our adoption process, and help set up a meet and greet with your family.
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