Biscuit *** Loves Attention ***
BISCUIT *. Mixed Breed * 44 lbs * Female / Spayed * Very affectionate and friendly with people * Good with strangers outside but doesn’t trust strangers in her house * Doesn’t like cats * Is good one on one with dogs she knows and patient friendly dogs Biscuit had a very difficult start in life. She was found emaciated and starving in the forest of Belize as a very young puppy. If her rescuer had not picked her up when he did, she would have died. He and his travelling companion cared enough to nurse her back to health and to provide the vet care she needed. When it came time for them to leave Belize, they couldn’t abandon her to a life of hardship and uncertainty. Despite many obstacles, one of her rescuers brought her home to Canada where she has shared his life and many of his adventures. They lived in his van and travelled for a time and they did some touring on a bicycle (she rode in her own dog trailer) and they worked together as park rangers. Life was good. But, things changed for her when they moved to the city. This new life is not for Biscuit. Her owner loves her and has been very committed to her through the years but having taken work as a wildland firefighter he will not be able to bring her with him to work in camp. City life with an extroverted owner has also been challenging for her and she is definitely happiest when she is familiar with everyone in her life. She is probably best suited to be the only pet in the home. Outside she is respectful of other dogs but often prefers to keep her distance, encouraging you to cross the street. She often enjoys an off leash romp with the right dog, running, playing and wrestling but it is important to watch for her signals and if her ears and tail are down it's not the time to let her run free. She is very well behaved on leash and is quite friendly and trusting with strangers. She knows a dozen tricks and has a lot of cute behaviors such as always picking up her food dish and carrying it to the rug to finish licking the bowl. Inside she becomes anxious and agitated and is territorial about her space and her “things.” She will guard her bed and her toys and her food. This behaviour has improved but it needs to be watched and corrected with a firm command followed by reassurance. Biscuit and her family went through training with Bark Busters dog trainers over the course of three months and saw massive improvements with these challenges. Whoever becomes her new best friend will be offered the same training free of charge as part of the service Bark Busters provides. Biscuit is very excitable and affectionate with people she knows, which tends to be everyone living in the house after she has had some weeks to learn trust. She has an endless capacity for cuddles and kisses and greets her friends excitedly when they come home. She is very cute and wiggles her butt faster than you can imagine! And, she purrs and growls and roars when she is desperate for fun or hugs or attention. When people come home she runs around the house looking for a special toy to offer them to say,” I’m glad you’re back”. During the day she is fairly lethargic and spends most of her time napping. But, as soon as her “special” friend arrives home she turns into a major energy ball yearning for a good long walk and a play in the park. She also loves going on hikes and exploring the mountains and the beaches. At home she is often very anxious and fearful if the door is slammed, if there is loud knocking or if a lot of people are coming inside. This is very unsettling to her and causes her to become very scared, if these things continue her fear will turn to barking and eventually to aggression. She finds anxious strangers very concerning and will follow them through the house often nipping at their feet - but never biting. Her behaviour is completely different with confident, calm energy people. Little kids upset her when they get too close or move too quickly and it is best to keep her apart from them. She is best with calm, experienced adults who don’t have a lot of people coming and going and who have the patience and the confidence to put her fears at rest before they get out of hand. If you have the quiet home and the patience and the skills for a dog like Biscuit she will bring you much love and joy and many, many laughs.