DoB: May 10, 2009
ISSUES: NOT good around small dogs, terrified of squeaky toys, will snap if collar corrected/scruffed/yanked; requires ongoing hormone treatments (pills) for incontinence & prone to urinary tract infections because of it
For more pictures of Ginny, please check out her photo album on our facebook page.
We believe Ginny's ideal home is a quiet, moderate activity, patient retirement home that enjoys brushing & grooming.
She does not mind hugs, pats, belly & ear scratches. She has been great for the groomers & seems to enjoy the attention of our vets & their staff. She likes a little rough house play with her people & doesn't mind being guided gently by the collar. It is only if you reach towards her as if to correct her that she goes immediately into defensive mode.
So far, when out in our huge play yard with other dogs, she tends to ignore them & do her own thing. Occasionally, she does a quick, polite greeting with big or small dogs & carries on with her business. However, if there are small, yappy type dogs or even bigger dogs making a lot of excited, yippy noises, she charges in & tries to grab them. This may be part of her problem with the chihuahua in the original home. The odd time, she has briefly joined in on one of the chase games but not for long. If she isn't just checking out the yard, she finds a doghouse to go hide in.
She doesn't seem to mind cats & ignores them for the most part.
Ginny requires a weekly hormone pill to help control her incontinence. Because of the incontinence, she is more prone to urinary tract infections. The signs are fairly obvious - increased water intake, reluctance to leave her kennel, bigger pee accidents - and the infection she gets is resistant to the regular antibiotics so we have to do a culture to be sure we're getting the right culprit. According to her vet records, she was spayed very, very young which is the likely cause of her incontinence & there is not a lot she can do to control it.
We suspect her extreme defensive behaviour when one grabs her collar or her ruff (in order to "drag" her away from something or to pull her forward) is fear based. Most likely due to harsh physical corrections for ongoing pee accidents.
This girl has a big, personal bubble with other dogs and would really prefer to be a loner. She does not like to be jostled or bumped by oddly moving dogs and has turned on them, even if she was fine with them minutes before.
She can eat side-by-side with a dog and the next time go into resource/food guarding mode. She seems to tolerate other dogs sniffing around in her crate, if the door is open & she is in it, but if she is out of the crate & the door is closed, she goes into resource guarding mode, snapping at anyone else near it.
Ginny was transferred to us from HART due to a bite incident in their foster home. In trying to break up a fight between their own dogs, Ginny tried joining in & when being pulled away by the collar, she turned & bit the foster mom's arm.
Ginny was surrendered to HART by her vet because the vet had never seen aggressive or reactive behaviours in the years she had been treating her. The owners had brought her to be euthanized because she & the new chihuahua in the home did not get along at all.