BREED: Australian Shepherd mix
AGE: 3 1/2 years old
SIZE/WEIGHT: Medium, 42 Pounds
HISTORY: Found as a stray in bad shape and malnourished. Been living in an over-crowded shelter for a long time with no one choosing her. She was very scared when arrived to us. Now she is happy and up for adventures and being in the house or yard with you.
TEMPERAMENT: Barbie has gorgeous big light green eyes that look at you with love and gratitude. She is full of affection, very playful, sometimes shy with new people but less so every day as she has more good experiences in the outside world and with positive people. She loves being with people.
PERSONALITY: Can be goofy and loves attention, and especially, is a happy when you play a water hose game with her to try and catch the spray. Barbie is a devoted girl to people she knows. A sweet, happy, thankful companion. Barbie is now housebroken, good when calling her to come, non destructive. She is so enjoyable to be with and very easy-going.
HOW IS DOG WITH SMALL DOGS: Great with most all dogs.
HOW IS DOG WITH CATS: Good with cats. She mostly just ignores them like they are not there.
HOW IS DOG WITH CHILDREN: We don’t know how with kids. Probably best no children since came from high stress environment and needed a few days to decompress before relaxing. A little over a week later she was well balanced and seeking attention rather than away from people.
HOW IS DOG WITH OTHER ANIMALS: Good with most dogs and would be fine as the only dog. She is learning to play though with others and enjoys palling around with the higher ranking pack she is currently with. She enjoys easy going dogs.
SOCIALIZATION SKILLS/NEEDS: Ongoing socialization in the world helpful, walks on leash but running off leash at dog Parks is best. That is how she came out of her shell. She loved running with others dogs and sniffing around the trees. She stays with you, not a runner.
PETS NEEDS/BEHAVIOURAL INFO: Basic obedience with reward based training. An adopter to take her for car rides with them, she loves it! She was getting cage stress where she had been living, so getting her out hiking, biking, jogging, exercise is best, and the water game! Taking her to beaches, lakes, streams. She loves water!
BEST MATCH: An adopter looking for a doggie companion. Barbie is so loyal. She is grateful to sleep next to your bed at night and be inside with you. Someone that wants a dog to be a best friend. She has little howl on her when wanting attention.
FAVORITE THINGS: Kongs toys, walks on leash. Running at dog parks.