Bonnie was surrendered to NBGR by her previous owners, who had her since she was a puppy, when they could not handle her daily medical requirements. She had recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and that means she must have two insulin injections a day. Her previous owners were very nervous about giving injections, and the few times they tried, they bent the needle. Bonnie reacted aggressively.
Bonnie is a sweet little girl, but she has a couple of quirks that will require her new family to be cautious.
Bonnie is aggressive when it comes to her food bowl. If you put your hands near her bowl when she is eating, she will bite. She does not react if you walk around her while she eats or stand over her while she is eating. She only reacts if she fears you will take her food. On the other hand, Bonnie does not react at all to other dogs being near her food or bowl. She is also very polite when treats are being passed out. She will sit patiently until it's her turn for a treat (which is last in her foster home).
Bonnie also reacts by biting if she is startled while sleeping. You must make sure she is awake and aware before you pet her or pick her up. Once she's aware, she's fine.
Now that we've addressed the negatives, let us tell you all the wonderful things about Bonnie...
Bonnie walked into her foster home as if she had always lived there. She's house-trained and will pretty much potty on command. She LOVES meeting people, and she gets along great with other dogs. She loves her crate, where she is often found sleeping. Bonnie isn't demanding - she rarely needs to sit on the sofa or in your lap; she prefers her bed, the floor, or laying underneath a table or chair. Even though she doesn't need to be on you, she still wants to see you. So, she follows you from room to room, finding a comfortable spot near you.
Bonnie is leash-trained and enjoys walks (though sometimes she prefers to be carried like a princess). She is very curious about the people she sees along the way, but she tends to ignore other dogs. Even if her foster-sibs are all barking, Bonnie remains calm.
Bonnie sleeps through the night in her crate, but she does wake up early. Her foster mom takes her out to potty then puts her back in her crate until it's time to get up. If Bonnie is ready to stay up, sometimes they go into a different room to keep from waking the others. Once there, Bonnie will crawl in her bed and go back to sleep, or she will lay on the sofa with her foster mom and snooze until the others wake up.
Bonnie has accompanied her foster mom on a few home visits and was delightful. She captures and melts the hearts of everyone she meets. Bonnie travels beautifully in her crate and really enjoys car rides.
Bonnie needs to live in a dog-savvy home.
Bonnie will need a family who is willing to administer her insulin and continue monitoring her health with additional tests from time to time.
Her diabetes requires her to eat, then receive her injection, on a regular schedule (every 10-12 hours). She also needs drops in her eyes twice a day. This is done most simply right after she gets her insulin.
Due to her aggressive tendencies, Bonnie will not be allowed to go to a home with children or a home where children visit often. She has not shown any aggression toward children, but we cannot take a chance of a child getting near her food bowl or picking up a toy Bonnie feels is hers.
Bonnie is one precious little girl. If you are comfortable giving her a shot twice a day and don't try to take anything away from her when she has it in her mouth, you will love having her in your life.
Bonnie is ten years young, weighs 12 lbs., fully vetted and ready to meet her new family.
Bonnie is being fostered in Houston, TX.
If you are interested in adoption please fill out our Adoption Application. If you would like more information, please contact Connie Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in mind that we prefer to place dogs within driving distance of where they are being fostered. If someone from outside the local area is approved for adoption, they must be willing to fly in to get the dog and that can only happen if the dog is stable enough to travel in the cabin with the passenger.
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