Friday, June 12, 2009

Out of the Ashes...and into YOUR home?

Phoenix's story...

Hi, I am Phoenix – remember me – part of the famous “Missouri 75” dogs? You can read the whole story here.

I was named after the mythical creature that also rose out of the ashes. Well, I have come a long way since the day I arrived in New Jersey. I am more confident and trusting, learned basic obedience, am crate trained and walk on a leash. I also LOVE to play with toys and other dogs, and then snuggle with my family.

I started out in foster care. Then, I got adopted by a nice family in CT. I guess you are wondering why I am here again…

While with my new family, I was diagnosed with “diabetes insipidus” – sounds scary, but it really isn’t. Basically I need to drink a lot of water, but if I take medication, I don’t. In general there’s nothing to worry about. It doesn’t affect my overall health or longevity (I am around 2 so I have lots of life to live!). I just have to drink (and pee) a lot OR take a pill. That’s it! Besides this, I am fully vetted and neutered.

Though my adoptive family loved me and has lots of praise for me, this made them change their mind about keeping me. Luckily this rescue group always takes back any dog that was in their program – so I get to live with my fun foster mom Dana again until my real FOREVER home comes along.

So here’s a little more about me. I know sit, down, stay and come, am very food motivated, have great recall, and learn quickly from both humans and dogs. My former family thinks I would be great at agility. I also seem to have a pretty strong prey drive – so who knows I may be a great candidate for hunting. I don’t pull on a leash, but sometimes I still get nervous. I just need to be continually exposed to different things.

I behave well with other dogs with no signs of alpha aggression at all. In fact, I love to play once I get to know my fellow canines. I am great with adults, but a little standoffish with kids. I have never met a cat, but once met a chinchilla! I was very interested in them. I’m also showing I do have the typical GSP prey drive. So a home with small critters might not be my best fit.

I really amuse myself playing with dog toys and especially like to hear them squeak. If allowed, I find a cozy couch on which to lie, but when told to get off, I find the nearest dog bed and curl up.

What I like most is to snuggle with someone – either with two-legs or four! I have heard it said, “I am a joy to be around!” And I want to be around you and your doggies! Won’t you please take me home and make me part your family?

For information on adopting Phoenix, please contact

1 comment:

Michelle Salyers said...

Just found out that the drug company that manufactures the medication has offered to donate TWO YEARS' worth of medication FREE OF CHARGE!