Jax approx 9-11 yr old spayed female - FL
Jax was trusting and friendly and warmed to each of the rescuers on her path from the shelter to her foster home.
Jax is a big (63 lb) senior female who was picked up off the street in Miami. She had obviously been on the street for a long time, given her body condition, which was extremely thin, greasy, scabby and covered with fleas and ground in dirt. She tested positive for erlichia and anaplasma, and also had a huge mass protruding out of her side that made her physically uncomfortable and unstable in addition to painful. But she was trusting and friendly and warmed to each of the rescuers on her path from the shelter to her foster home. There, she was bathed, wormed, and fed, and within days, managed to open up the mass on her side which drained more than quart of fluid. After a course of antibiotics, she perked up quite a bit and showed no obvious signs of illness or injury. She is heartworm negative, and on flea and heartworm preventative.
Jax is friendly to all people, and tolerant of and gentle with all dogs we've met, big and small. She has not been tested with cats. She will chase squirrels across the yard alongside the resident, highly prey-driven mal, but it's not known if she'd bother if she were alone. She will bark at neighbor dogs, as well, if the bark-fest is instigated by the resident dog. The only other barking she does is if you're holding a ball but not throwing it!
Jax is estimated to be between 9 and 11. She is still underweight and underconditioned but her energy and attitude are great. Her teeth are well worn and her muzzle is white. But her eyes are clear and she'll play ball with anyone willing for hours. Other than playing ball, she wants nothing more than to snuggle. She will try to lift her huge bony body into your lap or bed if given the chance. She has a solid appetite but is not food driven; balls are her thing. She loves and is very tolerant of kids. She crates well, and behaves well confined in a room during the day. She was not house-trained when she arrived, but has improved immensely. She will have the occasional accident if not taken out immediately upon wake up or arrival of her person. She chews up balls and chewy children's toys (plastic things) but has ignored stuffies (leaving them for the other resident mal).
She gets along ok with the other senior female in the household; although they've had words about food at times, the fights have been verbal only and easily diffused. She tried relentlessly to get the other dog to play with her when she first started feeling well, blocking her and slamming her, as only mals can do. The resident gal wants none of it so Jax has backed off considerably, though she runs alongside her, ever hopeful, at least several times a day.
Jax would make a great addition to a family with another active dog who wants a pal. She has obviously not always been a street dog as she can be gentle and is very happy lying on a rug by your side as you surf the net or talk on the phone. She's a little bit hand shy and cowers if something large is waved by her head, or if shouting goes on around her. But these events have never caused her to even growl, much less snap. She knows "sit" but not much else. However, with her desire to please and ball drive, I suspect she could learn a lot. She has a lot of love to give, and a lot of life left in her. She deserves to live her final years in comfort with loving people around her.
For more information about Jax, please contact: Sara
If you want to apply for this dog, click Jax's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Sara, Jax's coordinator.