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Australian (Red Heeler) Cattle Dog


3 Years




Medium (20-40 lbs.)

Can Live With

  • Cats
  • Dogs



Current on Vaccines


Specialized Care

  • Behavior Concerns
  • Medication


Seattle, WA


Dymphna (or Dimpy, for short) is a sweet girl with a lot goin' on in that little head of hers. I am her third owner; the first was abusive, the second lost his home, and I don't have the proper resources to care for this gal.

What's great about her:
-The most loyal pup you'll ever meet! Unlikely to leave your side once bonded. She loves cuddles, fetch, general running around, and tug-of-war.
-Absolutely brilliant--solves puzzles and learns commands like it's nothin'.
-She loves other dogs, and might do good in a house with them. When we go to the dog park or meet other dogs in the street she is polite as can be and has no issue giving them their space if needed.
-Extremely well potty trained. She'll move toward and gesture with her head at the door, and that's always been enough to let me know she needs to go out.
-Just look at that smile!

The issues:
-Dymphna has severe separation anxiety. She'd do best in a work-from-home environment, or one where she's never alone. She gets mildly destructive if left alone too long, and will start barking, whining and howling if alone longer than 4 or 5 hours.
-She has bad general anxiety, as well. If she's relaxed and a sound or person surprises her, she will run at them and bark aggressively, though she has never bitten anyone. It takes about 30 seconds for her to calm down and then she'll be friends with the person.
-There's been some issues with jumping on people and pulling on leash--these are things I am working on with her, but I may not get her to 100% before she enters your home.

So the silver lining is she's recently seen an increase in dosage on her anxiety medication and it seems to be working well! I'm also starting her on crate training, so there should be some marked improvement in her behavior soon. She will still need someone around full time and some dedicated training, but she has already shown some improvement.

Dymphna is a really special girl and it's absolutely breaking my heart to have to give her up. I wish I could give her that extra attention but my finances and schedule simply don't allow it.

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