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German Spitz (long coat) : : Female (spayed) : : Young : : Small
Contact * Honor's Caretaker/Foster Directly: Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Totally Unique Honor
(I'll be loading new pictures of her soon. She is more of a beautiful puff ball now.)
Honor is very unique. If you adopt this sweet and loving dog, you are guaranteed to have a companion unlike anyone else's!
Honor was part of Operation Liberty: a dog rescued from a life of breeding in a puppy mill. The fact that she was an Operation Liberty dog is why she has an asterisk next to her name. These dogs lived their whole lives in breeding cages and had poor socialization with humans.
But the ability of animals to adapt is amazing. Honor was always very excited to see people. She would wag her tail and spin in a circle. But if you approached, she would run away. I told people I had a wild snow fox in my house: just that beautiful and just that elusive. It has taken a lot of time, but she has become a brave little girl. She now approaches people to be petted, sits (or sleeps!) next to them, and gives lots of kisses.
While at the puppy mill, Honor had chronic ear infections that were never treated. Whle her ears are clean and infection-free now, she will always be susceptible. She will need her ears cleaned regularly, and medication applied when flare-ups occur. This takes me all of 5 minutes once a week, and she is good about letting me do it.
The "only" other unique thing about Honor is that she is a true hermaphrodite. She has two sets of ovaries and two sets of testes. This is extremely rare in dogs (and humans, too -- only a couple hundred in the world). It does not impact her health at all: she just has two sets of chromosomes. She is completely sterile, so her "job" as a puppy mill breeder must have been unsuccessful. I call Honor a "her" only by virtue of the fact that she has nothing externally visible, but if you wanted a "him", you can choose differently. It's fun to talk about with people, and makes her totally unique!
Honor weighs approximately 30 lbs. She is quite fluffy now compared to her intake pictures. She still has the foxy face, but looks too well-fed now to be mistaken for a wild fox! She does get mistaken for a pomeranian, but that's only because people aren't familiar with German Spitz's. Her coat is a gorgeous white hot blonde. She is a strikingly beautiful and people always ask to pet her. She is approximately 4 years old.
Honor is very comfortable being around other dogs, probably due to the puppy mill. She is submissive, no matter to whom, and really values dog companionship. She stuck close to the other puppy mills rescues at first, and now hangs out with my fosters like they are sisters. She play-fights with my younger dog and loves, loves, loves to squeak her plush dog toys.
She can be crabby with other dogs if they keep harassing her, or if she feels bad (like when her ears were infected). However, I feel completely safe to leave even my old, tiny and toothless dogs alone with her all day. I have only seen her use a "noise and fury" display and no actual biting occurred. Usually she gives them kisses too (so cute!) and they press against each other when they sleep. She has never, ever put up a fight with me, no matter what I was doing.
She still doesn't quite understand a leash. She will walk around a bit on a leash, but "going on a walk" is completely foreign to her. I've have seen her unleashed in a fenced yard and she runs around like a maniac she's so happy. She currently uses a tiny outside dog run to do her business.
If you're thinking about adopting one of these special puppy mill "moms", Honor is a great choice because all the hard work to resocialize her has already been done. She has successfully rehabilitated and just needs a home to call her own. Please consider putting in an application for the totally unique Honor!
More about * Honor
Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Kids
Special Needs: Ear cleaning