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Tigger Hound & Whippet Mix Rockville, MD

  • Young
  • Female
  • Medium

About

House-trained
Yes
Health
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs, cats.

Meet Tigger

Tigger - female/spayed - young adult - hound mix (possibly hound/whippet - small - 32 pounds - tricolor short coat with black saddle and striping on legs and face


Writing narrative descriptions for dogs is always an exercise in appreciation - for our wonderful foster care providers, and for the dogs who place their faith in them. Tigger is a shining example.

Tigger had a rough start in life from what we know. Left in a drop-box at an animal shelter in rural Virginia, underweight, and full of parasites, Tigger was fearful, and likely had never been inside a house before. There is a sad saying that “a door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.” This saying could have been a metaphor for Tigger’s life.

As fearful and unsure of the world as she was, Tigger clearly wanted to trust people. Her foster mom undertook a planned program of socialization and happy exposure to people, places and things - all geared to build Tigger’s confidence and give her tools to cope.

Over many months, Tigger steadily blossomed. She learned to expect good from a world that had formerly seemed frightening, and realized that people not only loved her, but consistently produced her favorite treats from pockets and purses - for all manner of reasons. Tigger began to believe that the main reason might be because she mattered.

Now, this beautiful, winsome-faced little dog welcomes touch and new friends. She has become a “joiner” in her multi-dog foster home, racing along with them excitedly to the front door or streaming through the yard with her ears flying. She has mastered many basic behaviors, including “sit”, “lie down”, “off”, “leave it”, “come”, and - her personal favorite - “touch.”

Tigger’s eyes shine with joy, and her expression is soft and open. She is a gentle, responsive dog who returns affection easily and fulsomely. She loves to cuddle, and enjoys being petted and stroked. She is good about putting on her walking harness, and gets very excited by the prospect of a walk.

Tigger is also crate trained, and rides well in a car. She is a true problem solver, and has learned how to open doors that have lever-style handles. She is also a skilled counter surfer, and her slight size, deftness and stealth in this activity have earned Tigger the nickname “The Artful Dodger.”

Tigger’s proud foster mom says that Tigger is “the perfect size - small enough to pick her up when you need to, but not so small that you will trip over her.” Physically, Tigger is quite beautiful. Her hind legs have an unusual pattern of striping in rich oranges and treys, much like the markings on a tiger. Her build is elegant and refined.

Tigger would do best in a home that is fairly calm and quiet. She co-habitates well with other dogs but she also seems to become over-stimulated and over-excited by them. She is also not particularly interested in playing with them. She would excel as an only dog. She would also be fine living with another calm, laid back dog. But if you are looking for a playmate for your existing dog or if you have a young, playful pup, Tigger would not be the right dog for you.

Tigger is a courageous, charming, intelligent dog. Her transformation has been inspiring. She will bring love, laughter, and a deep bond of friendship and faith to her lucky adopter(s).

If you are interested in any of our rescues, please fill out our non-binding application which can be found here - http://hedgesvillehounds.wix.com/adoption#!page4/cfvg. (You will need to copy and paste the URL into your browser.) You may also contact us using the "Contact this Organization" button above.

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