- Status: Adopted!
- Adoption Fee: $267.81 (Including MN Sales Tax)
- Species: Dog
- General Color: Brindle
- Color: Brindle
- Eye Color: Brown
- Ear Type: Droopy
- Tail Type: Docked
- Current Age: 7 Years 7 Months (best estimate)
- Fence Required: No
- Housetrained: Yes
- Obedience Training Needed: Has Basic Training
- Exercise Needs: Moderate
- Grooming Needs: Moderate
- Shedding Amount: Moderate
- Owner Experience Needed: None
- Reaction to New People: Friendly
I cannot say enough about how wonderful Willow is; we love her SOO much! She is estimated at being ~7 years in age and originally came to MNBR from Ohio with her brother. Unfortunately, because she & her brother didn't always get along that well, Willow was labeled as an aggressive boxer. HOWEVER, that could
be further from the truth!
Willow arrived at our house in July of 2022, and was so scared that she refused to get out from the back of the vehicle that transported her. It took some serious coaxing from me, but she finally got out. It was immediately apparent she was incredibly afraid of strangers, but even more so afraid of
She instantly became my shadow, closely following me around everywhere all of the time. Right away with me, she demonstrated how much of a lap dog she is and just how much she loves to snuggle with her people (if she could sleep on top of her person, she would)! Once she became a bit more comfortable in our home, she also bonded with our 9 year-old child. After a bit more time, a LOT more treats, and fun excursions outside, she finally bonded with her foster dad. She even became friends with the 4 cats that live in our home!
I have walked Willow on a leash a number of times, and she is such a good walker; she stayed by my side and always kept plenty of slack on her leash. Our home is in the country and we have relatively few neighbors, so I stopped using a leash with her. Willow never wanders very far from her people, and I don't have any concerns about her running away (though she does humorously fail at chasing squirrels & bunnies).
Willow has also been so chill with every dog we have introduced her to. She has played nicely with them and simply walks away from them when she is done playing. She is also very treat motivated and will happily perform basic commands, but she can be quite stubborn and a bit sassy and will talk back to you when you try to give her a command without first having a treat in your hand! She also LOVES car rides... especially if the ride is to anywhere that serves pup cups!
Sadly, Willow does have a grade 3 heart murmur which may cause heart failure as she ages. Also due to her heart murmur, she
be fed grain-free dog food. In addition, I have noticed Willow is a HUGE freeze baby, and sits nicely when someone puts a puppy coat on her to keep her warm. Based on how much she refuses to go outside during cold November rains, she is most likely going to require a coat with a hood & some puppy snow boots... her first winter in Minnesota is for sure going to be quite an experience for her! If I had to say one negative about Willow it's that she grinds her teeth fairly regularly, but I believe it's most likely out of nervousness.
Willow would do best in a home with a structured routine so that she always knows what's expected of her and what's going on with her people and in her environment. She is great with kids above 8 who aren't too wild & crazy, and she is also good with cats. She will require A LOT of patience, treats, snuggles, and positive affirmations to overcome her fear of strangers and also of any men who may live in/visit her house. Ideally, she would be best suited in a home where she is the only dog, with a female human who works from home, and can give her an endless supply of treats and regular pup cups!
deserves to be spoiled as much as possible to help her overcome the trauma of whatever she endured before coming to MNBR; she truly is a super sweet & wonderful pupper!
I was surrendered with my brother, Tyson, into a shelter in Ohio before coming to MNBR. Tyson and I are bonded, but due to littermate Syndrome, we need to be separated. I'm a shy girl but warm up quickly. I love to cuddle and be pet. I am well behaved in the house - I won't touch your things. I'm learning housetraining when left alone and am learning to be crated. Treats are involved with my crate training so I like that! My outside manners are a bit to be desired. I get overstimulated when I see dogs and people and go a little nutty, but with a gentle leader and proper martingale collar (I'll slip out of a regular snap collar), I'm easily corrected. I lived with children at one point, but Tyson and I were rambunctious and would knock them over. I passed my dog eval at the shelter, but have been struggling with dogs on walks. So I'm not sure if I should be an only dog or not.