Age: 2 years
Weight: 48 pounds
Location: Everett, Washington
Mona fits perfectly into that sweet spot between two extremes: not too driven, not too laid back. She's confident and up for anything — nose work, agility, rally, bite work, or just a good hike or game of fetch or tug. She'll run around with a Kong for half an hour before she needs a rest. But she'll also go to her bed when asked and settle down nicely with a toy. She would be great for an active person who also wants to cuddle up on the couch.
People are Mona's favorite thing (along with her Kong). She loves attention and is friendly with everyone, so visitors, trips to the vet, and walks in public are fun. If she's left at home, when you return she pins her ears back, lifts one paw, and looks up at you adoringly. She will jump up and give you the sweetest hug if you let her. And if she really just can't contain her joy, she will run and get her Kong and hold it in her mouth to calm herself down.
Mona is less comfortable with dogs at first. She seems unsure about how to socialize with them, and can lash out if she is uncomfortable. Until she gains confidence and opens up, introductions should be slow and controlled, with a corrective device in place. A prong or e-collar stops her snarl quickly. Usually, she is just shy with dogs, running around with her Kong but not knowing how to play. Her foster's larger, confident male seems to bring out the best in her, but a smaller, submissive dog doesn't. Her special person should know how to manage such situations and enforce boundaries until she gets more comfortable.
Her other undesirable tendencies are few and predictable. She needs to learn to wait politely at the door for permission to exit. She'll grab a towel instantly if it's on the floor. She eats anything left in her kennel, so she can't have a bed. If a tasty treat were left on the table or the trash were left at nose level, she'd doubtless succumb to temptation. She has some prey drive. And she flings around her water bowl just for the fun of it. If it was full and you are the one who has to clean it up, it's not quite so funny. Having a Kong helps a lot, and a game of fetch is even better; she chases and retrieves pretty well.
Praise and food both motivate Mona. She's crate-trained and doesn't have accidents in the house. She also knows most basic commands — sit, okay, no, come, crate, off, down, out (drop it), and get out (of the kitchen), and she is working on heeling with a prong collar. She rides well in the car but will need training or a barrier to keep her out of the front seats. And loud noises do not bother her.
When playing is done, Mona will push under your hand with her nose, practically forcing you into petting position for her other favorite activity. Watch out, or this sweet dog may nose out that sweet spot in your heart.
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
Must have previous or current, purebred Malinois experience OR other high drive working breed experience. 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. If that goes well, we will arrange for a home visit.
Adoption Donation: $400
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.