Age: 17 months
Weight: 80 lbs
Energy Level: Moderate
Overall Drive: Low to Moderate
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Roxy is reaching out into the void, hoping someone reaches back. There are lots of dogs out there, but Roxy sits up straighter, tries to catch your eye, and says “please pick me.” She knows this is her second chance in life and is doing everything she can to find that perfect home that will love and cherish her forever. It’s almost as if she read an instruction manual about how to be a great pet and the pages are dogeared and smudged and passages underlined because she has studied so hard. Her first home didn’t give her a chance to apply her knowledge, but she has been practicing and visualizing in her head and is ready to show off everything she knows about being a great pet. She wants someone to love and wants to be loved in return.
Velcro. This is the best word to describe her. She sniffs around the house, chews on a bone or two, then comes over and shoves her head into your hand, looks at you with soft eyes, and pleads to be loved. The more she comes out of her shell, the goofier and bouncier she has become. She can match your energy level so is up for an adventure or fine to have a lazy day on occasion as well. Roxy bonds very quickly but is reserved with strangers and suspicious of suspicious-looking strangers and those who are not skilled with appropriate dog-to-human introductions.
Roxy is great with other dogs and loves to play when introduced properly. She is still a puppy, plays rough, is forward, and can get over-aroused and lose focus. Her foster brings her back to reality with a sharp “hey!” or “no!” which will cause her and the other dogs to stop and reset prior to resuming their play session. Roxy is dominant, not tolerant of other dogs’ rude behavior, and has no hesitation defending herself or her resources. Her canine housemate must be of similar size and neutral. She has not been exposed to cats or livestock, but is likely best in a home void of them.
Roxy rides well crated in the car, is well-mannered at the vet’s office, and is unphased by loud noises. She is potty trained and working to be proficient in her crate training as she will sometimes protest going in and has been known to break out of an insecure crate. She will do best in an escape-proof crate such as an Impact crate. Roxy is motivated by food and praise and responds well to verbal correction – anything harsher and she will cower.
This sweet girl is looking for an active, breed-savvy home that can continue her training and provide her the boundaries and structure she requires for lasting success. They will understand that although she looks like an adult, she missed out on most of the milestones as a youngster as she was used for breeding and lived outside. While she may never be a champion sport dog, she does still need ample physical and mental stimulation every day. Are you the one to help her set some roots and continue to blossom?
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
Must have previous or current, purebred Belgian 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.
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.