INTAKE DATE: 04-24-2019
** LIVED IN HARMONY WITH A CAT **
Adorable princess dreaming of a lifetime of love and home...Sweet senior still has tons of love to give and snuggles to give...Will you give Pebbles a place to lay her weary head? A lap to snuggle in? ~ Please come to meet her or share sweet Pebbles for a loving and caring home!
A volunteer writes:
It would be an honor to be the Bamm-Bamm to this Pebbles!! She is very shy and out of her element but still radiates sweetness and I think she is a chunky, chocolate dream girl. In her previous home her Bamm-Bamm was a 17 year old cat that she lived with since puppyhood (they would sleep together and groom each other -- somebody pinch me!!). We're told she enjoys baths and Kong toys, is afraid of thunder and squeaky toys, liked to follow her person around the house and is well-behaved when left alone. She has warmed up to offer me sweet wiggles when I approach her kennel and though she doesn't solicit affection just yet, she stays close to me on our walks and seems comforted by gentle petting and a familiar face. She is a sensitive sweetheart that belongs in a home...please come meet her at Brooklyn ACC and see if she might fit in yours!
Pebbles - more to love! <3
PEBBLES, ID# 60880, 8 yrs old, 74.6 lbs, Brooklyn Animal Care Center, Large Mixed Breed Cross, Brown / White Spayed Female,
Owner Surrender Reason:
Shelter Assessment Rating: LEVEL 3
No children (under 13) ~ due to being shy and fearful, Pebbles was gentle and friendly around the 12 yr old she interacted with
Medical Behavior Rating:
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES - BASIC INFORMATION: Pebbles is an 8 year old spayed brown and white large mixed breed dog. Her owner got her as a giveway and Pebbles lived with previous owner for 8 years. Pebbles previously lived with one adult and one cat. She is shy around strangers and will normally hide behind her owner. Pebbles will move away and stay by her owner until her owner walks next to the stranger to introduce her.Pebbles previously interacted with a 12 year old child. She is described as being friendly, playful and affectionate and as being gentle with the child. Pebbles is shy around other dogs. If another dog approaches Pebbles, Pebbles will sniff. The previous owner noted that previously at the dog park, a large dog approached Pebbles and snapped at her. Pebbles shys away and will not continue to interact with the dog. Pebbles previously lived with a 17 year old spayed cat. Pebbles lived with this cat for 8 years. Pebbles is described as being friendly, playful and affectionate with the cat. They will sleep together and groom each other. Pebbles is not bothered when her food or bowl is touched while she is eating. Pebbles is not bothered when her toy, treat or bone is taken away. She has never bitten another animal or human. Pebbles is housetrained and her previous owner describes her energy level as high.
Pebbles whines when she hears thunder and will hide. Pebbles is not bothered when she hears fireworks. Pebbles enjoys being bathed. Pebbles struggles when her nails are grinded as she is bothered by the noise and will pull away. She is not bothered if her nails are trimmed. Pebbles is not bothered when being pushed or pulled off of the furniture. Pebbles is friendly when an unfamiliar approaches her own and will just sit by her owner.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues?
Pebbles has no known medical issues.
For a New Family to Know
Pebbles is a friendly, affectionate, playful and shy dog. When at home, Pebbles likes to follow you around and likes to be in the same room as you. Pebbles was kept mostly indoors. Pebbles was fed dry food mixed with wet every day. Pebbles loves to play with kong toys but is scared of squeaky toys. Pebbles is house trained and went out for walks twice a day. Pebbles has never been crate trained and is well behaved when left home alone. Pebbles pulls lightly on the leash when walked and has never been walked off the leash.
INTAKE NOTES – DATE OF INTAKE, 24-Apr-2019: Upon intake, Pebbles retreated when approached and hid behind her owner's legs. When approached again, Pebbles growled and had her tail tucked. Pebbles continued to retreat when approached and was whale eyed and tucked tail. Due to how uncomfortable she was, Pebbles owner collared her and placed her into her kennel.
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):
Previously lived with: 1 Adult, 1 Cat
Behavior toward strangers: Initially shy
Behavior toward children: Friendly, affectionate and plays gently (w/visiting 12yo)
Behavior toward dogs: Initially shy
Behavior toward cats: Friendly, playful and affectionate (w/resident cat)
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: Pebbles is described as friendly, affectionate, playful and shy with a high level of energy.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT SUMMARIES - Behavior Assessment Date: 4/26/2019
Strength and pulling: No pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments: Somewhat nervous, stays near handler's side during walk
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Stays near handlers, neutral-low body and head, low tail, easily distracted by outside noises, some lip licking
Call over: Approaches slowly with coaxing, fearful, low body and head
Soft handling: Tense, tucked tail, ears back, closed mouth, trembling, accepted all contact
Exuberant handling: Tense, tucked tail, ears back, closed mouth, lip licking, trembling, accepted all contact
Jog: Follows handler, low and fearful, neutral tail
Knock Comments: No response to knock; Approaches assistant, slow, low body, ears back
Toy comments: Minimal interest
PLAYGROUP NOTES - DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES:
According to Pebble's previous owner, she is shy around other dogs. If another dog approaches Pebbles, she will sniff them. The owner also noted that previously at the dog park, a large dog approached Pebbles and snapped at her. Pebbles shied away and did not continue to interact with the dog.
4/25: When off leash at the Care Center, Pebbles is introduced to a novel male dog. She is nervous as she greets the male with a tucked body and tail. She sniffs the male at a distance and explores the pens, mostly keeping to herself. She is initially tolerant of the male's genital sniffing but gives him a quick muzzle punch when he becomes too pushy.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake: 24-Apr-2019
Summary:Avoided contact, tucked tail, growled when approached, whale eyed, no handling performed
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial: 25-Apr-2019
Summary: Tense, whale eyed, trembling, tucked tail
Pebbles was observed to exhibit a low-medium level of energy during her interactions in the care center.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: Level 3
Behavior Asilomar TM - Treatable-Manageable
No children (under 13)
No children (under 13): Due to Pebbles' overall fearful behavior and timidity, we feel it would be best for her to be placed in a stable adult-only home, as loud noises and sudden movements may startle her. It is advised that the new adopters should allow Pebbles to acclimate and decompress at her own pace and be able to exercise appropriate and safe management when handling her. Force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Pebbles to new and unfamiliar situations, as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist.
Potential challenges comments:
Fearful: Pebbles is reported by her previous owner to show initial timidity when meeting new people. Pebbles also displays overall fearful and timid behavior during her interactions in the care center, although she has been observed to exhibit social behavior as well. She has not escalated beyond trembling, tail tucking and lip licking when uncomfortable. Please refer to the handout on Fearful behavior.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: 8 years
Microchip noted on Intake? positive
History : o/s
Observed Behavior -tense, whale eyes, shaking, stiff, tail tucked, did not warm up
Evidence of Cruelty seen - no
Evidence of Trauma seen - no
P = wnl
R = eupneic
EENT: Eyes have nuclear sclerosis ou, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted
Oral Exam: muzzled
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic, difficult to fully assess due to shaking
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated, difficult to fully assess due to large habitus
U/G: FS (spay tattoo and scar noted), no MGTs, no vulvar d/c
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat, obese
CNS: mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities
Plan: Continue to monitor while at BACC
Rec BW and weight loss
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Shelter contact information:
Phone number (212) 788-4000
Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208
Manhattan Shelter: 326 East 110 St. New York, NY 10029
Staten Island Shelter: 3139 Veterans Road West Staten Island, NY 10309
*** NEW NYC ACC RATING SYSTEM ***
Dogs with Level 1 determinations are suitable for the majority of homes. These dogs are not displaying concerning behaviors in shelter, and the owner surrender profile (where available) is positive. Some dogs with Level 1 determinations may still have potential challenges, but these are challenges that the behavior team believe can be handled by the majority of adopters. The potential challenges could include no young children, prefers to be the only dog, no dog parks, no cats, kennel presence, basic manners, low level fear and mild anxiety.
Dogs with Level 2 determinations will be suitable for adopters with some previous dog experience. They will have displayed behavior in the shelter (or have owner reported behavior) that requires some training, or is simply not suitable for an adopter with minimal experience. Dogs with a Level 2 determination may have multiple potential challenges and these may be presenting at differing levels of intensity, so careful consideration of the behavior notes will be required for counselling. Potential challenges at Level 2 include no young children, single pet home, resource guarding, on-leash reactivity, mouthiness, fear with potential for escalation, impulse control/arousal, anxiety and separation anxiety.
Dogs with Level 3 determinations will need to go to homes with experienced adopters, and the ACC strongly suggest that the adopter have prior experience with the challenges described and/or an understanding of the challenge and how to manage it safely in a home environment. In many cases, a trainer will be needed to manage and work on the behaviors safely in a home environment. It is likely that every dog with a Level 3 determination will have a behavior modification or training plan available to them from the behavior department that will go home with the adopters and be made available to the New Hope Partners for their fosters and adopters. Some of the challenges seen at Level 3 are also seen at Level 1 and Level 2, but when seen alongside a Level 3 determination can be assumed to be more severe. The potential challenges for Level 3 determinations include adult only home (no children under the age of 13), single pet home, resource guarding, on-leash reactivity with potential for redirection, mouthiness with pressure, potential escalation to threatening behavior, impulse control, arousal, anxiety, separation anxiety, bite history (human), bite history (dog) and bite history (other).