Shar Pei / Collie / Mixed (short coat)
Details about Millie
- ID D200463
- Available for Adoption
- Species: Dog
- Gender: Female
- Estimated Birthdate: 4/1/2017
- Breed: Shar Pei / Collie / Mixed (short coat)
- Owner Experience Needed: Species
- Good with Dogs: Yes
- Adoption Fee: $200
More about Millie
- Primary Color(s): Tan/Yellow/Fawn with White
- Coat Length: Short
- Shedding: Moderate
- Grooming Needs: Moderate
- Housetrained/Littertrained: Yes
- Reaction to New People: Cautious
- Energy Level: Low
- Yard Required: Yes
- Fence: 6 foot
- Obedience Training: Needs Training
Date of Birth: 04/01/2017
Breed: Shar Pei/Collie Mix
Weight: 40 lbs
Dog Friendly: Yes - Must have another dog in the home as a companion
Cat Friendly: Unknown
Kid Friendly: With older children only
House Trained: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
Energy Level: Low
History: Out of State Transfer - Texas
Adoption Fee: $200.00
From the Foster:
Miss Millie came to Ruff Start from Houston, Texas in May of 2020. We don’t know exactly what Millie’s situation was but we can see that her experience in the first three or four years of her life made it really hard for her to trust people. Thankfully Millie has a very sweet temperament and we can see that she has it within her to move beyond her past to be comfortable and content in her present.
Millie is what we would like to call a work in progress. Everyday she gains a little bit of confidence in herself, in the people around her, and in her ability to just be a dog. During Millie’s stay with her first foster family (May 2020 - July 2021) she went from being completely shut down and scared, hiding in the back of her kennel for days at a time, to learning to trust her new pack of dogs in the home and eventually the humans too. The resident dogs showed her how to play with dog toys, how to run laps around the backyard, and why it’s cool to bark at squirrels when they run up the trees. Her first foster home also welcomed several other foster dogs during Millie’s time there. Millie does require slow introductions and needs her space while acclimating to any new dog. She likes to meet new dogs on her own terms, and rambunctious puppies are not her favorite. When she is comfortable with her fellow dog(s) she does like to play, but she needs to be the one to initiate it.
Millie’s biggest obstacle is her skittishness around people. Her first foster family spent months gaining her trust just to be able to touch her. Thanks to their patience with Millie she learned that people aren’t all so scary and since coming to her current foster family in July 2021 the transition has still been slow but steady. Each day Millie gets a little more comfortable and the physical distance she maintains away from her foster parents gets a little shorter and a little less guarded. She does love to be NEAR her people – she always chooses to be in the same room (she’s actually a great work-from-home buddy) but still mostly stays just out of reach.
Millie likes to sleep on a dog bed in her foster parents’ room at night; this girl LOVES comfort. When she is in just the right mood and everyone is calm, she has been known to allow her foster mom, and sometimes foster dad, to rub her belly and scratch her face and ears. She will even flop onto her back, but it is always on Millie’s terms and at her pace. She always needs to be approached at her level and never from above her.
Millie loves to be told how pretty she is, and her foster family thinks she even smiles when they give her compliments! She is very food motivated. She is still working on taking treats from someone’s hand, but she knows the sound of the fridge opening, the meat drawer being pulled or the dog treat container opening and comes running.
Millie likes to play outside with her doggie friends and will come to the back door when called. When she comes back into the house she will want her person to step out of the way so that the doorway is clear for her, and no scary people are in the way! She has many quirks and many of them are manageable and some of them may diminish as she continues to come out of her shell. She still loves her kennel, but no longer hides in it. She knows the command kennel and will “kennel” when asked to. She also knows “sit” and we have been working on “place.” She is fully potty trained and has never had an accident in her current foster home.
The ideal forever family for Millie will need to have at least one or two other confident, not-too-hyper, dog-friendly dogs who can help Millie learn the ropes of her new home. Millie’s first foster family was very active with lots of other animals and teenagers all coming and going a lot. Millie’s current foster family has just a couple of humans and one resident dog; this activity level seems to suit Millie very well. Millie’s forever family will need to be very patient and willing to work with Millie (with the help of a trainer) to help her continue to gain confidence and comfort with some of the basics of being a dog in a human family like putting on a leash and harness to go for walks. Ruff Start has lots of good resources and recommendations that will help to let Millie be successful in her forever home.
If you are interested in getting to know me better, please fill out an adoption application at www.ruffstartrescue.org/adopt/adoption-application . An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal and is not a binding contract.
To learn more about Ruff Start’s adoption process and the care our foster animals receive, please visit our How to Adopt page: www.ruffstartrescue.org/adopt/