Being Alone, Beautiful, and Bones: Cheetah
A shy, sweet, affectionate & broken
hearted middle aged lady just wants
to go back to the life she loved &
lost when her parent died.
Id 72225, 7 Yrs.,
8 9 Lbs. of Love,
Spayed & Waiting
with Hope, at
TO BE KILLED – 8/22/2019
“He was my North, my South, my East and West, my working week and my Sunday rest, my noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.” — W. H. Auden
Her owner died. It was that simple. And in that moment, she lost everything she had ever known, and everything she had loved and lived for. Affectionate, gentle, well behaved and sweet, this middle aged lady had known the joys of being loved, of being cherished, and of being an integral part of a family. When there were fireworks or other loud, scary noises, her parent would hold her close, cuddle her and whisper in her ear “don’t worry, honey, it will be alright” and calm her fears. When people would come to the home and she didn’t know them, she might try to flee and hide, but after a bit, and when she got to know them, she welcomed them with open paws and would play exuberantly. She liked to show off her commands, she loved to play with ropes and bones, and she adored playing in her back yard. Life was beautiful. Life was sweet. But now her life will be over, just like that of her parent, if no one will take in Cheetah and give her back her smile. Yes, she is heartbroken, and yes she is sad and confused. But in the hands of an experienced foster or adopter who can give her a calm, quiet, structured adult only home, she will be the big, sweet, silly and loving dog she has always been. Won’t you help her out? Please hurry and message our page or email us at [email protected] for assistance fostering or adopting beautiful, big hearted Cheetah.
CHEETAH, ID# 72225, 7 Yrs. old, 89 lbs., Spayed Female
Brooklyn ACC, Large Mixed Breed, Brown Brindle
Surrender Reason: Owner Died ☹
Shelter Assessment Rating: New Hope Rescue Only
Medical Behavior Rating: 3. Yellow
AT RISK MEMO: Although she has shown significant improvement with certain staff, Cheetah remains highly fearful in the care center and is hesitant to interact at times. We feel she would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can allow her to acclimate and decompress at her own pace prior to seeking permanent placement. Cheetah was diagnosed with lameness on her right front.
INTAKE NOTE – DATE OF INTAKE, 8/10/2019: During intake Cheetah was growling so no handling was done.
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES – BASIC INFORMATION: Cheetah is a brown brindle female dog that was surrendered to the ACC as a stray due to the fact that her owner passed away. The last time Cheetah was seen by a vet is unknown. She had lived with 2 adults. When around strangers Cheetah will hard bark and growl but once she warms up she will play with adults exuberantly. Cheetah has not spent time in the home with children so it is unknown how he will react. Cheetah has not spent time in the home with another dog in the past 4 years so it is unknown how she will react. Cheetah has not spent time in the home with cats so it is unknown how she will react. It is unknown if Cheetah guards her resources. Cheetah does not have a bite history. She is housetrained and has a medium-high energy level.
Other Notes: During loud noises and fireworks Cheetah becomes nervous and she will hide. She is not bothered if she is retained pushed off the furniture or disturbed while she sleeps. She is not bothered if she is bathed or brushed. It is unknown how she will react when having her nails trimmed. If someone unfamiliar approaches her home she will hard bark growl and lunge at the fence. She will growl if someone unfamiliar approaches her family member. Cheetah has never had a medical issue and has no known medical concerns.
For a New Family to Know: Owner described her as affectionate, excitable and anxious at times. When at home she likes to be in the same room as her owner. She likes to play with ropes and chew bones. She as been kept mostly indoors and she eats dry dog food. When using the bathroom she will go outside on the grass or cement. When left alone in the home she is well behaves as long as she has a rope or chew toy. When left alone in the yard she is well behaved. She has never been crated so it is unknown how she will react. She is used to playing in the yard. She knows how to sit lay down and come when called. When off the leash she will stay by your side.
Additional note: Previous caretaker reported Cheetah to growl toward novel people entering the home, but would readily refocus and retreat to her bed, avoiding interacting. Cheetah will also exhibit fearful behavior when exposed to loud noises (i.e. fireworks), where she has been observed to flee and hide.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT SUMMARIES:
Strength and pulling: Mild pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Neutral-tense, tail neutral, panting, ears erect, stays near door, explores somewhat, pacing, approaches handler, leans into and accepts contact, distracted by outside noises
Call over: Approaches with coaxing
Soft handling: Neutral-tense, ears neutral, tail low, panting, leans into handler and accepts all contact
Exuberant handling: Neutral-tense, ears neutral, tail low, panting, leans into handler and accepts all contact
Handling comments: Continues to solicit attention from handler
Jog: Follows handler, neutral, tail high
Knock Comments: Stays near handler when assistant exits, solicits attention; No response to knock; Approaches assistant when enters, slow and wary, does not solicit attention
Toy comments: Minimal interest
PLAYGROUP NOTES – DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES: According to her previous caretaker, Cheetah has not interacted with other dogs in over four years, so her past behavior around dogs is unknown.
8/13-8/14: When off leash at the Care Center, Cheetah is introduced to a novel male dog. She greets him at the gate with a neutral body before walking away. Once the gate is opened, Cheetah avoids the male and handlers for the duration of the session.
8/15: Cheetah was introduced to a novel female dog today. Her behavior remains the same.
FUN FACTS: Cheetah understands the cues for "sit," "lay down" and "come."
INTAKE BEHAVIOR – Date of intake:: 8/10/2019
Summary:: Growled; No handling performed
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR – Date of initial:: 8/13/2019
Summary:: Whale eyed, growled; Muzzled
ENERGY LEVEL:: Cheetah has been observed to exhibit a medium level of energy during her interactions in the care center. We cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment, but we recommend that she be provided daily mental and physical stimulation as an outlet for her energy.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Cheetah’s overall level of fear with the potential for defensive aggression and anxiety, we feel she would be best set up to succeed in an adult-only home at this time. Place with a New Hope partner: Although she has shown significant improvement with certain staff, Cheetah remains highly fearful in the care center and is hesitant to interact at times. We feel she would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can allow her to acclimate and decompress at her own pace prior to seeking permanent placement. Force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Cheetah to new and unfamiliar situations, as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Anxiety
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Previous caretaker reported Cheetah to growl toward novel people entering the home and when approached. Although Cheetah has shown significant improvement with certain staff during her interactions in the care center, she remains overall fearful when introduced or exposed to new situations. Cheetah takes time to warm up and rapidly escalates to growling, hard barking and snapping when uncomfortable or fearful. It is advised to use a slow approach when handling Cheetah. She should never be forced to interact or approach if she is not comfortable and positive association should be paired with anything Cheetah displays fear toward. Please refer to the handout for Fearful/potential for defensive aggression. Anxiety: Cheetah exhibits anxious behavior during her interactions in the care center, where she has been observed to pant, pace and attempt to flee or seek an exit. Please refer to the handout for Generalized Anxiety.
DVM Intake Estimated age: 7years Microchip noted on Intake? Yes History: Owner surrender Subjective: BARH, no coughing/sneezing/vomiting/diarrhea Observed behavior: Whale eye, growling. Muzzled for exam Evidence of cruelty seen: No Evidence of trauma seen: No Objective: Limited exam performed due to behavior P: WNL R: WNL BCS: 6/9 OP: Muzzled for exam EENT: Eyes, ears, and nares clear bilaterally, no discharge noted. CV: No murmurs or arrhythmias, pulses strong and synchronous. RESP: Eupneic, no crackles/wheezes GI: Soft, nonpainful, no palpable masses. UG: female spayed (reported to be spayed), no discharge. Unable to examine ventrum due to behavior INT: Good hair coat, no areas of alopecia or pruritus, no ectoparasites or masses noted. MS: Ambulatory x4 NEURO: Mentation appropriate, cranial nerves intact, no deficits noted. Assessment: Clinically healthy Prognosis: Good Plan: -Start trazodone 5 mg/kg PO q12h indefinitely Surgery: Spayed
Hx: 8/13 Intake APH 8/15 Lameness on front limb noted on rounds board. Cageside exam performed due to P temperament. SO: Aprox 7 year old FS mixed breed dog, noted to be acutely lame on FRL. E/d well, no c/s/v/d. Unremarakble elimination. Showing teeth, growling and hard barking in kennel. Eyes: Unremarkable OU Ears: Unremarkable AU. Nasal Cavity: No nasal discharge Lungs: Eupneic U/G: Normal external genitalia. No discharge. Musculoskeletal: Ambulatory x 4 with front right limb lameness/toe touching appreciated. No obvious swelling appreciated. BCS = 7/9 Neuro: Appropriate mentation. Rectal: Not performed. Externally normal. A: FRL lameness r/o sprain vs strain vs arthritis vs other Plan: Continue to monitor at BACC Continue trazodone 5mg/kg PO BID Start Rimadyl 4.4mg/kg PO SID x 7 days, reassess lameness 8/22, consider rads if no improvement
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
CHEETAH IS RESCUE ONLY. You must fill out applications with New Hope Rescues to foster or adopt her. She cannot be reserved online at the ACC ARL, nor can she be direct adopted at the shelter. PLEASE HURRY AND MESSAGE OUR PAGE FOR ASSISTANCE!