- Status: Adopted!
- Adoption Fee: $325
- Species: Dog
- General Color: Fawn
- Current Size: 158 Pounds
- Current Age: 6 Years 6 Months (best estimate)
- Microchipped: Yes
- Housetrained: Yes
Matti is a sweet but scared girl who came to MTM from Charleston, SC. She's been in and out of shelters the last couple of years and is slow to trust, but she is willing to try. She is housetrained and will come and nudge or lick your hand when she wants to go out or thinks you have some yummy food worth trying. The shelter said she's crate trained, but at 6 years old she has had free reign of her foster house and pretty much keeps to her bed. Her favority game is to chase you around the yard (as much as an old girl is going to chase) and then jump around and wag her tail when you turn around. She has learned to let us scratch her ears and rub her down when we are done running around.
Likes: HER BED!!! It's unknown if she has ever had a dog bed, but once she got on one - she hasn't left it. Rotisserie chicken and turkey - she's not very food motivated, but those two meats won her over. She has even started letting us know she's trained to sit.
Dislikes: Any unexpected sounds or movements, things that are out of place, and going on walks. While she's been on a leash, walks haven't been a great success yet.
Personality: Shy and tentative, a little lazy, and she loves to sleep. She needs to come to you at her own speed and does not love to be approached.
Temperament: Gentle and lazy.
Energy Level: Low
Favorite Activities: She has a couple of toys that she will play with at night when no one is around, but really her favorite thing to do is play one-on-one in the yard. She walks nicely on a leash once she is on it, but it seems to stress her.
Good with cats, dogs, and kids (over 6)? Cats unknown. Dogs yes - all sizes. Kids who understand to give her space. She's good with kids - they just stress her if they try to force themselves on her or chase her.
Not good with: So far Matti has done great with anything she's been introduced to.
Housetrained? Yes - she'll nudge your elbow when she needs to go out. :)
Crate trained? The shelter said yes, but she currently has free reign of her foster home.
Requires a fenced yard (physical fence and/or invisible fence)? Yes - physical fence required. You can tell she will run if given the opportunity until she becomes comfortable.
Walks well on a leash? Yes, but is seems stressful for her.
Challenges: When she first arrived, Matti was looking for a way to escape and would have been classified as a "runner." That behavior seems to have subsided now. Meeting new people is very stressful for her. From day to day, even after a moth, she can be easily spooked by sudden movements.
Any medical issues? Approximately 5% cataracts. Normal arthritis for her age. She's being treated with glucosamine. Full blood panel came back great! She has a cracked tooth that will be extracted.
What would be the best kind of home? Mattie needs a fenced in yard and a quiet home with very patient owers. If there are children (preteen - teen) they need to understand that she needs space and time to build trust.
MATTI IS LOCATED IN WILMINGTON, NC.
Application Fees, Adoption Donations and Rescue Policy:
Please know that 100% of our fees and donations pay for the costs of rescuing dogs. These include, but are not limited to: pull fees from shelters, veterinary examinations, vaccinations, medications and care, microchips, neuter/spay surgeries, heartworm treatments, behavior evaluations, and foster care, as needed.
Our rescue policy requires the following:
- Adopters must have their primary residence in one of the following states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and parts of North Carolina.
- We will not adopt a giant breed dog to homes where the dog will have access to highly varnished hardwood steps inside the home. Any inside steps to which the dog(s) have access, must have carpeting, securely fixed stair treads, or a non-skid surface. We encourage you to remediate potential safety issues while your application is under review, prior to the home visit.
- Methods or devices using pain or force on the dog to control the dog, or to deter undesirable behavior is prohibited.
- Applications for giant breed dogs must be submitted by the property owner.
- Homes with children under 6 years of age will not be approved for adoption.
- Homes with children should have a fenced yard.
- Pets currently in the applicant's home must have a history of appropriate veterinary care. Veterinary records will be checked.
- All references must be checked before any visitation of the dog is permitted at the foster home.
- All family members must be present during the home visit to the applicant's home.
- Any dog(s) in the applicant's home must have an introductory meeting with the rescue dog being considered, before any adoption can be completed.
- Homes with intact dogs will not be approved for adoption. Exceptions to this policy can be found on the Adoptable Dog Page.
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