Is being a "Project Dog" a bad thing?
My name is Pixie. I’m a bit of a special case and let me tell you why.When the CGA Procurement Team met me, I was a very scared girl. My kennel trainers couldn’t catch me or pet me or anything like that. But CGA said they would look for a special foster family for me. They said CGA has foster families who like "project dogs" and would love to have me.
The kennel owner asked for some extra time to work with me and train me. While I was outside in the dog runs, something very strange happened -- I lost my hair. The vet didn’t know why. I had all kinds of tests done, and everything came back fine.
The kennel owner moved me inside, so I could get used to being around more people and have the chance to interact more. Something weird happened again -- my hair started to grow back! The vets say it is alopecia and it’s probably genetic because my brother, who is still racing, has the same problem. (I have two pictures, one with my hair, and one with my beautiful naked neck!) I’m perfectly healthy, I guess I don’t really need hair. They say bald is beautiful, right?
After spending some time inside the training kennel, my kennel owner called CGA and said that I was ready for a foster home. I had made big improvements and could be walked on lead and petted! I’m still very shy, but there are some really good things about me too. Here are the wonderful things about me:
- I’m young. I’m only 2 years old, so I’m still kind of a puppy.
- I’m a beautiful brindle girl (with some baldness – no biggie).
- I’m a petite greyhound (60 pounds).
- I love love love to be with other dogs. I make friends with other dogs easily. The more the merrier!
- Once I get attached to you, I become a sweet, affectionate, cuddly girl. (So I’m shy at first… there are worse things, right?)
- I’ve never shown any aggression.
- I’m calm and even tempered.
- I walk well on lead.
- I’ve made amazing progress while in my foster home.
- I have a lot of love in my heart to give to the right family.
I don’t potty while on lead. Some people may love that idea, but it also means that I need a yard to do my business.
I have some separation anxiety, but it is greatly reduced if I have a dog friend or multiple dog friends around. In fact, I should live with another dog.
I tested cat safe, but I do not live with a cat in my foster home.
I have blossomed in my foster home and will continue to blossom in my forever home given some time. So, is being a "project dog" a bad thing? I don’t think so, and neither should you. What could be more rewarding than having little shy me warm up and become your best cuddle hound? So ask for me, Pixie!