For the last ten days I’ve been fostering four-month-old Mia, a pitbull rescued through Rescue-A-Bull.
Mia arrived in New York City a bit overwhelmed but has quickly settled into a new routine and is now enjoying herself, playing with Disco and snuggling with people every chance she gets. Mia is great on the leash–she even is offering frequent eye contact to her handler, which is a huge plus when we’re on a busy street. She’s an absolute cuddle-bug but also quite spunky and loves to play. Her huge bat ears stand up to let you know when she’s intrigued by something, which is often.
Mia is still a young puppy so she needs a family who will provide lots of positive reinforcement and guidance to show her how to fit into their lives as she grows into an adult. She’s already made great progress with “sit”, “down”, “touch” and “leave it” and we work daily on lots of impulse control exercises to teach her that waiting patiently means that good things happen!
She is beautifully crate-trained–she goes into her crate readily and even on her own sometimes to lie down or take a break. She is also pretty much house-trained. In her new home she’ll need a vigilant family to keep her on a regular feeding/water/potty schedule so she can stay on track. House-training can easily slip when moving to a new environment if not managed properly!
She has a medium level of energy. She loves to run and play but is also content to settle down and cuddle up once she’s gotten some play time in.
She is not super mouthy (unless she’s playing with Disco) and is quickly getting the right idea from us that mouth on skin means that all the fun stops. She’s interested in our cat, Sir Charles, and would like to play with him, but she listens to us and leaves him alone when tell her to.
Mia’s been friendly with everyone we’ve met so far and especially seems to love kids. She wants to stop and meet everyone on the street and usually lots of people want to meet her too! Since she’s so young, she tends to get excited and may try to jump up so we’ve worked a lot on having her sit or keep all four paws on the ground while being petted. She is very gentle though and loves to lick faces. She would do well in a family with children as long as they are supervised and shown how to properly play and handle her.
Mia is spayed, microchipped and will be up to date on all shots at time of adoption.
Application and home visit required.