Pickett (named after the Picket Range in the Cascades) is a 4 year old Shepard/Husky/Cattle Dog mix. We adopted her from Seattle Humane as a puppy and has been an excellent dog. Early this year we welcomed our daughter into the world and hoped Pickett would warm up to her. However, as time passes and despite efforts to reinforce positive associations and interactions between the two, it has become evident that Pickett is very nervous and reactive around our baby. After much deliberation and heartache, we believe it is in Pickett’s best interest to find a home without young children.
Pickett is well trained, incredibly smart, and very loyal. Pickett is very food motivated, intelligent and is always excited to learn. She’s well versed in the basics but also knows a lot of fun tricks like how to high five, crawl under objects on command and even close open doors among many others. She would do well with someone who is well-versed in dog training and who can continue to work with her to keep her mind engaged.
She is house trained and can tolerate periods of time alone at home but doesn’t not do well in a kennel or crate. Given her need for daily activity and herding temperament (i.e. need to be near her people) she would do best in a home where she would not be left alone all day.
Pickett has excellent recall and does well both off and on leash. When on walks off leash she often staying close by. If she wanders or goes ahead on trail she frequently checks back, making sure her people are keeping up. We live on a lot of open land and never worry about her wandering off. Pickett is particular about other dogs and we’ve found it would be best to keep her on leash for initial introductions.
Pickett loves chin scratches and belly rubs, playing tug with her toys, being chased around the living room, and will occasionally sustain a lengthy session of fetch.
Pickett is an active dog who needs daily exercise. She enjoys long walks, hikes in the mountains, bike rides, swimming in the river and many other activities. While she is healthy and active most days, she does have some medical needs. As a puppy she was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia and had surgery on both of her front elbows. She has done well since her surgery with no obvious issues and she can still participate in many adventures. But because of this diagnosis, she generally cannot go on super long days out in the mountains or spend extended periods of time running on steep terrain. She gets a shot once a month, supplements to her food and takes a supplement each night to keep her elbows healthy and to reduce the development of arthritis. We also believe she may be allergic to chicken (causing lots of itching), but that has not been confirmed with any tests.
If you are interested, please note she is not a fan of cats and should meet any other dogs in the home beforehand.
Pickett is a really wonderful dog and we are very sad to have to find her a new home. Our hope is to find a loving, active home that will continue to nurture and help her thrive as she gets older.