Pixie joined HOPE on March 18, 2022.  She is an 8-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound with the softest velvety ears you’ll ever touch! She may a senior gal, but she’s got A LOT of life and love left to give her forever home. She is sponsored by Furry Friends Network. Join HOPE and Furry Friends Network as we learn more about this gorgeous girl. ❤️🐾❤️

05/06/2022  Pixie loves to play with toys that I put food into.  her favorite toy is a round, rubber toy shaped like a small canister with a pie-shaped wedge opening for food to be put in.  Pixie will kick, claw, scratch, mouth, chew, throw the toy with her mouth, and roll the toy, just to get the treat out.  My favorite is when she turns on her back and uses her two front feet to bring the toy to her mouth.  She reminds me of a sea otter floating in the sea after it just broke open an oyster and feeding itself.  Absolutely adorable!

Pixie is really good at waiting at the door opening until released.  Just tell her to wait and she’ll wait until you say “with me.”  Pixie continues to love all dogs and people.  She just needs to find a person (other than me) who will love her as much as she loves people.

I am still working with Pixie on her anxiety and barking when I am away.  Some days she’s better than others.  If she’s physically tired, she doesn’t bark as much when I’m away.  Her short term separation from me is getting increasingly better.  I can consistently stay away from her for 5 to 10 minutes without much of an issue.

04/29/2022 Pixie is really starting to get comfortable with her surroundings.  Initially, Pixie was not a big fan of eating her dry kibble, but now she is all about food.  ALL ABOUT FOOD!  She will sniff everyone to make sure they don’t have any food on their person.  She will even dig in your pocket just to make sure!  Being so food motivated makes training and learning easier but she can have her stubborn moments too.  The trainers tell us it’s all about finding what motivates her and using that to our advantage.

As Pixie gets more and more comfortable in HOPE, the more she acts like a puppy…which is fun, but also means she needs to learn manners, like not being so pushy and sometimes mouthy when she doesn’t get her way.  She’s a work in progress but you know what they say, when you love what you do, is it even work?

Pixie continues to do well with the dogs in the program, and does her best to overwhelm them.  She’s also great with people and loves everyone, in fact she’s never met a stranger she didn’t love right away!

We are still working on Pixie’s barking when being left alone.  It’s improving, but once she thinks her handler is gone, she manages to stay quite for about 10 minutes, then will bark some more.  Again, she’s a work in progress, but she would make someone an amazing pet.

04/22/2022 Pixie is the perfect dog for anyone who has another dog, is active, but also likes to chill out and cuddle in the evening.  Pixie is versatile in her ability to adopt to any situation she encounters.  It has been over a month since Pixie has arrived in the prison and she’s adapted much better than I did.  She adapts to a routine fast, learns quickly, loves people, loves other dogs, and loves attention.  She’s just waiting for the chance for a forever home.

Pixie seems to love all dogs, even if they don’t love her!  If she wants to play with them she will follow them and bark until they give in!  She also likes to bark for attention from people or when she’s left alone.  It’s improving little by little every day, but its still a work in progress.  When she really wants attention, she can get mouthy, we’ve been trying to interrupt this behavior and redirect on appropriate toys, or by refocusing her attention on “look at me” and “focus”.

04/15/2022  Pixie had a wonderful week.  She has a high energy level for a dog of her age, but we really tempered that by playing with Kane and also running on the treadmill.  Her obedience training is going well.  I have been able to get her to sit and focus when she gets too excited.  Pixie loves all the other dogs in the program, but that is not alway reciprocal.   Pixie loves getting treats that made her work a little, like treat-filled Kongs.  She got a bath this week and looked so cute with her super long ears on top of her head, while she was covered in soap suds.

04/08/2022  Pixie had a great week of training, meeting new people, and best of all, making doggie friends.  Pixie loves all the dogs here, but her best friend is Kane, a 16-month-old, 50 pound PitBull mix who is all muscle.  They LOVE to play together and when they’re tired, just hang out like best friends.  When one jumps on a table, the other follows.  When one gets tired and drinks out of a water bowl, the other follows.  Kane’s handler gets both of them to sit at the same time and go down to the ground together, where they lie face to face–almost like they are kissing each other.  Pixie may be eight years old but she sure doesn’t act like it.  Anyway, age is just a number!

04/01/2022  Pixie had a great week!  She learns new cues each week.  The first week Pixie was in HOPE she learned sit, down, touch, target, and to stay at the door opening until being released.  This past week Pixie learned paw, sit pretty, and my favorite. . . running on the treadmill!  Yes, the treadmill!  Pixie is eight years young and likes to be active!  That’s hard to do with the inclement weather we’ve been having, so the treadmill was the best option.  Pixie is not a sprinter by any means, but she can keep a good 4 mph pace.  If you need a walking partner, Pixie is the dog for you!

03/25/2022  Pixie is the new girl on the block.  I became her handler exactly one week ago.  She didn’t know anything, not even her name.  I don’t know her back story, only that she is about 8 years old, but I honestly think she’s 8 years young!  She loves to play all the time!  She thinks the bottom of shirts, sleeves, shorts, even socks, are toys (need some obedience training there and working on it!).  Pixie loves to run, play tug of war, chew on toys (or whatever she thinks is a toy), and then will snuggle up to you and snooze the next few hours away.  Pixie is also really smart.  In just a week, she has learned sit, down, touch, and to stay at the opening of doors.  Now, we’re working on the sit and wait signal.  A bit harder to do since she has the attention span of a squirrel.  (Must be the Hound in her!).  Did I say 8 years old???  Sounds like I just described an adolescent!  But what is age anyway?  It’s just a number, and Pixie is definitely young at heart!



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