Meet Bailey, a beautiful, one year old Golden Lab mix that came to us in February of this year. Bailey is a very sweet girl and she is available for adoption to an experienced dog person or couple, as outlined below.
When Bailey was pulled from the crowded shelter, she was cowering under a bench and she was terrified. Arriving at our kennels, Bailey was at first afraid of people and would stay as far away from us as possible when we tried connect a leash and walk her. Within a few days, she began to let her guard down enough to take walks but she would cower to the floor when we attempted to walk her through the indoor kennel space.
From the beginning we could see that Bailey wanted to trust and, after weeks of encouragement and coaxing, Bailey learned to be confident taking walks but she would often jump up and bite at the leash which made walking her difficult. But after some additional training and support, Bailey improved significantly. During this process, we discovered that she very much needs to interact with other dogs and, after pairing her up with a companion, she learned to walk and play confidently. And after working with her slowly, Bailey now runs and visits with the other dogs in the indoor kennel space. She also really enjoys one-on-one cuddle time sitting on the couch with her humans.
Another issue we had from the start was that Bailey was afraid of cars; she would pull away any time we even approached a parked vehicle. Soon after realizing this hurdle one of our volunteers started working with Bailey to overcome this fear. She started by placing treats on the car’s rear bumper. Over several weeks, this training led to opening the car doors and tossing treats inside and, as time went on, Bailey got to the point where she would enter the car looking for her treats. Fast forward another few weeks and Bailey enjoyed her first car ride last Sunday when Joanne took her on a nice field trip. Bailey still has occasional, minor setbacks and her training and confidence building will continue while she’s living at the Mikey & Me kennels.
As you can see, Bailey wants to learn and she absolutely loves people and other dogs. She is still quite young and she has made a remarkable turn around since the day she arrived and we feel it’s time she has a chance at finding her forever home and family. But we want this to be a somewhat slow process with the full support of the Mikey & Me Volunteer Team along the way. We are hopeful to find a person or couple that would be willing to meet Bailey and, if interested in adopting her, spend time with her here at first. We would eventually encourage you to take her on field trips, to spend an hour at your home, etc. so she has the time needed to adjust to you and to her new environment before making her adoption official.
We prefer to place Bailey into a kid-free, quieter home where she can thrive without too many people and other influences coming at her all at once. I would also highly recommend a home with another dog so Bailey will have the canine companionship she so desperately needs.
Happy Days Dog and Cat Rescue microchips all dogs and cats before adoption. Microchips are implanted between the shoulder blades and are another form of identification should the animal get lost. The microchips are registered to Happy Days Dog and Cat Rescue. The adopter's information is added once the adoption is complete. The adopter is responsible for a $19.99/Year registration fee or a $69.00/Lifetime registration fee to change information. Dogs and Cats still need to have collar with tags should they get lost.