Energy Level: Moderate
Overall Drive: Low (high prey)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Baja is the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of a “pocket mal”. Most people would confuse her for being about 10 months old due to her size, but she is full-grown and ready to adventure with her new BFF!
Baja is a very sweet and affectionate girl that will lounge around the house for hours on end, but if you get up to do some chores she will be willing to help out via moral support. She is always down for an adventure, it could be something as simple as a walk to the mailbox or complex as a multiple-day hiking/camping adventure in the local mountains or at the river. If she is still overly excited after she gets about a 20-minute cool down in her crate and she will be good to go. At the beginning of her time in foster, she was slightly timid about some environmental things such as stairs and the elevator, but with help from her foster sibling, she has been able to overcome these issues and is now a strong confident lady!
This girl has been friendly with the neighbor's 12-year-old daughter and her friend that was visiting, the children were calm and respectful. She does get pretty excited to see other dogs because she wants to engage with them via play. This excitement has never been shown as stiffness, aggression, or reactivity, she just pulls on the leash like she wants to go say hello to them #HiNewFriend. Her foster has said she gets along well with their 3-year-old Malinois, but she has overstepped the “line” a few times which was quickly rectified. Recently during a walk in the local park, she spotted a rabbit with her laser beam focus, she was on a leash so there was no opportunity for her to chase it but given the chance, we think she would. So a home with no small animals is probably best.
Baja loves riding in the car and observing the world going by her outside the window. Her trip to the vet’s office was comfortable and welcoming. So far it seems that she does not have any issues with loud noises that her foster can tell. There are no bad house manners for this lady, one time she put her feet on the counter to look around and was verbally corrected, she has never been tempted to do that again. She is crated while her foster is not home, so it is unsure how she would be loose while unsupervised. Her crate training was very quick, she eats all her meals in her crate and sleeps overnight without making so much as a peep. Some of the skills she has mastered during her time with her foster are Sit and Down. Other skills that are still being worked on are Touch, Leave it, Come, Watch me, and loose leash walks.
Baja would do best in an active home with respectful children over 10 years old. She would like a yard to enjoy romping in a few times a day and as many adventures into the wild world as your schedule permits. She does not have separation anxiety but does need mental and physical exercise daily. So if you are in need of a pocket mal adventure buddy, then Baja is the girl for you!
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
Must have no children under the age of 12 years old OR have extensive experience with children and high drive dogs.
Our adoption process includes- completion of an application, followed by a telephone interview.
Adoption Donation: $500.00
Transport along Interstate 5 (Bakersfield, CA to Bellingham, WA) is available but cost not included in adoption fee.
For all inquiries, please fill out our adoption application first, as the volunteer answering emails is probably not the coordinator for the specific foster home/dog.