Gemma Butterpants is a beautiful 2-3 yrs old Deaf White Boxer. She is spayed & UTD on vaccinations. Unfortunately she is Heartworm + but she has been started on the slow kill treatment to kill the heartworms. Gemma is very petite and she is expected to finish around 40 pounds once she gets some weight put back on her. Gemma was surrendered by her owner to a kill shelter.Her and another dog kept running off and the owner did not want to pay the impound fee at the shelter and signed them over.
Gemma came to us incredibly stressed and very insecure. Our guess is she was chained up or kept in a small yard with little to no experience with normal dog life. We think she was fed only human food (and since she was 10-15lbs underweight…obviously there was not enough to go around).
Gemma is not food aggressive and we have actually fed her dog treats side by side with other dogs with no problem. However, when people food was brought out (us eating lunch)she became fixated on it and got a little snarly at the other dogs. She definitely knows the difference between the two. When eating lunch at my desk, she sits quietly watching but does not jump or beg or try to get the food at all.
Gemma has different reactions to each dog she meets. She definitely prefers quiet female dogs her size or smaller. But, we think she would do best in a home as an only dog. She is not aggressive but has absolutely no interest in other dogs a all. She is completely deaf but incredibly attentive. It took us a week to figure out she was deaf. She ‘checks’ with her human constantly and is learning basic hand signals. She looks to her human for everything and never leaves your side. While working at my desk, she curls up by my chair. If I get up…she gets up. She is by far the easiest deaf dog we have worked with.
She has a very low activity level which could be due to the Heartworm and her low body weight. All in all, she is a very relaxed girl that loves a soft bed and company. She does have significant separation anxiety which we think will eventually go away once she is settled and knows she is home and safe.
Gemma is HW+ and is on the slow kill method. This is a 6 mo. treatment that consists of several months (on and off) of an antibiotic (Doxycycline) and an Iverhart pill every 2 weeks for 6 months. All medicines will be provided upon adoption and a follow up HW test will be done at the end of the treatment.
Gemma’s perfect home…she would do best in a home as an only dog, with someone that either works from home or could take her along everyday. She is incredibly well behaved and polite. She loves meeting new people and does well with kids. This is a girl that desperately wants to bond with someone.She likes to be inside and she takes short walks to do her business. (she is house trained and will whine when she needs to go out).
Gemma is located in Raleigh, NC
Gemma’s adoption fee is $200 (which includes the HW treatment)
Contact Debbi Cochran at 919.833.6711 (at Cat Banjo)
or email firstname.lastname@example.org