Oh! Hello there. I see you have stopped by to say hi! Well, I apologize for startling so easily, but I’m a bit of a shy beast with anything new! But that’s ok, cuz I will warm up to you if you’re patient with me. My name is Xena by the way…I forgot to mention that in all the excitement! I’m roughly 5 years old, and 95 pounds. While I am a bit shy to start, I warm up more and more as time goes along. Foster dad laughs at me now, because the kitchen table used to be a hiding spot to cower in, now it’s my favorite keep-away spot since he can’t catch me as fast!
You have other dogs? Well, I will need very slow and controlled intros to them also. In my past, I was living in a place where the other dogs started fights. When I moved into my foster’s house, I saw lots of ruckus and what looked like chaos to my stressed mind. But with time and a safe place to observe behind the kitchen gate, I learned that they were having a really good time and wanted to join in! Dad only let me spend a few minutes at a time to start and didn’t let the other dogs get in my face, and I learned that the other dogs weren’t there to start fights with me! It took a little to understand what a play growl was, and after a few weeks of supervision and gently firm correction, I get to play with the other dogs and roll around like a happy dog! I get full pack time now too, and we have lots of fun! I love to wrestle with my coonhound foster brother since he’s pretty close to my size, and I let him try to drag me across the floor in tug-of-war with our Kong bones! The best, though, is when you give me attention and pets. I am a big sucker for belly rubs! Getting play wrestles with my humans is a great bonding time for me. Pulling the leash out can sure get my tail wagging, but I’m still learning that things outside of the house is safe. Most of the time the yard is good, unless I hear a car with squeaky brakes or an extra-loud semi! These are those times I need a little more patience and firm reassurance from you! Some days I’m not even keen on walking out the door! But I’ve made a lot of progress!
Sometimes we go visit local stores for pup cups, and even though the noise and new people everywhere makes me extra shy, I do love a good treat! I’m a pretty good car rider on these outings, and I hop into the car right away, but getting out is still an item that I need help working on. This is one of my biggest challenges, but I’m learning each day what is expected of me and trying to be less shy! If you must leave for a while, I do pretty well in a crate, and especially if it has a cozy blanket and a good chew! Bonus tip: foster dad found out that if I have a nightlight after bedtime, I try to figure out a jailbreak from my crate so I can come visit your room and make sure you’re okay! Once the nightlight went away, I stopped trying to escape though.
To sum me up, I may be a gentle and shy giant, but someone who has a loving, firm and guiding attitude will be my ideal person! In return, I can be a highly loveable, sometimes goofy, pal who will be your favorite sidekick (and lapdog occasionally). If this is you, set up a time to come down and meet me! See you soon!
Friendly, Loyal, Funny, Quiet, Independent
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
GOOD IN A HOME WITH
Other dogs, children.
PREFERS A HOME WITHOUT