Millie (Dallas-Fort Worth)
Miss Millie is ready to find her furever home! Millie is 5 years old and came to the rescue in March with her sister after living a life outside, had heartworms, and was severely underweight. She has learned to live the family life indoors, loves kids, and is thriving!
When Millie first arrived and would meet new people she was very submissive – she would cower down, tuck her tail, and put her head down. Once she smells the new person (i.e. their hand) she will make eye contact and she will hear their voice and after a few seconds she will pop up and wag her tail and be fine. She is now very cuddly with humans and warms up to strangers quickly after she smells them (i.e. goes up to them and brings a ball or toy or tries to get up in their lap by putting one paw on their leg to see if it is okay). She adores being on the couch with her foster family (she will put one paw up to see if you are good having her up) and goes from person to person cuddling during movies. Millie sleeps on her dog bed on the floor in her foster parents’ bedroom. She will crawl up into the human bed once everyone is asleep and is pretty small so you don’t really notice. If you let her stay she is happy or if you tell her “Millie, down” she goes right back to her dog bed.
Millie is fully housetrained (when she first arrived she had two accidents) and quickly learned to just potty outside with praise and “good potty, Millie!” When you say “let’s go potty” she will run to the backdoor and go outside and do her business. Or she will stand at the back door if she wants to go out.
Millie does not use a crate and has never been destructive inside. When she first arrived we introduced her to dog beds and she LOVES having a soft bed. She knows when we are leaving because the dogs get a treat and that is her cue to get a treat then go to her bed. When we are not home she stays on one of our dog beds and sleeps until she hears the back door open and comes running to greet you. Millie is a GSP that will “smile” when she comes running around the corner and sees you coming in the back door. If you have ever had a GSP that “smiles” before you know what we mean. She makes the “smile” when she is truly happy.
Millie has learned to love dog toys and tennis balls. When she first arrived she was not sure what they were but watched her foster brother playing and quickly picked up how amazing it is to have toys to play with inside and outside. As sweet as can be, Millie treats toys with “respect” and does not pull apart plush toys (her foster brother loves to pull the stuffing out of plush toys) – it seems like she is so grateful to have them that she doesn’t want to destroy them. She likes to carry around toys and tennis balls and then “cuddle” with them in her bed or bring them proudly to her humans to show she has a toy. Millie is FAST when she is chasing a ball in the back yard and it is fun to watch her get excited as she has learned how to play fetch.
Millie’s foster family treated Millie for heartworms and she should be fully negative by December. Her foster family did a set of X-rays and they revealed her heart and lungs looked good so she did not have a severe case. She is now on monthly heartworm preventative and
that will go with her to her furever home. Millie is totally up to date on her vaccinations, otherwise healthy, and has had regular vet care since her arrival.
When Millie arrived she was underweight and was shy about eating. Over the last few months she has learned food is so good for her and is doing so well finishing her breakfast and dinner. We have put healthy pounds on Millie but she is still skinny and will likely need to gain another 1-2 pounds over time. Her foster vet said she is also just a small girl (35 pounds) and that is just her body type.
We have not observed Millie around cats. She saw a cat in the carrier at the vet and did not react. Millie has been around other dogs these last few months and doesn’t care too much about other dogs. She prefers loving on her humans. She had one food issue with her foster brother but now that they eat separately we have not seen any other issues. Her foster brother has always been submissive, she has been the Alpha, and humans are her Alpha. She would also do well as an only dog because humans are her absolute favorite and cuddling with them is her greatest joy.
Millie loves sitting outside in the shade watching the birds and squirrels. If you call her name or say, “Millie, inside!” she will immediately come running inside. She is typically very quiet and stealthy as she is mesmerized by the creatures! In the last few months, she has caught one bird and three squirrels. She was very proud of herself and brought them to her humans. It is her instinct and she clearly felt proud she was “doing her job.” About once a day she will get close to a squirrel, it gets away, and she will bark at it over and over as it taunts her from the trees. If you call her, “Millie, Millie - inside!” – she will stop and come running inside. This sentence is all it has taken for us to “break her concentration” and get her to stop barking. We have heard of others using an E-Collar to correct this in GSPs, but we have not with her because calling her inside has made her stop.
We have not done any leash training with Millie because it has been HOT in Dallas until recently. We have preferred to let the dogs go outside and be in the grass as opposed to on concrete. When we have gone in the car or to the vet she wears a harness and has not pulled or caused issues. She was unsure of the harness at first and cowered and tucked her tail and head – but once she sniffed it and we got it on her she was just fine!
Millie does not jump on people. She knows the word “sit.” She knows the word “stay.” If she wants to go outside at the back door and gets excited she will jump up and down (not on you but as she is looking outside jumps up and down – she does not touch the door – just jumps in place – it is pretty adorable!). She will also turn in circles when she gets excited – which is also pretty adorable.
Millie does not seem to have any fears – she has not reacted at all to rain, thunder and lightening, sirens on the street, loud noises, or a busy house full of people. When her foster family has family dinners on Sundays she will quietly stand next to people’s chairs to see if they will give her a morsel of food (we do not give her people food) or put one paw gently on
someone’s leg to let them know she is there (i.e. please take pity on me and give me some people food!). But she has never counter surfed or tried to grab food.
Millie has learned to live the good life these last few months with her foster family! She will make a great addition to a furever family now that she is healthy and has gained some much-needed weight! She loves humans, soft beds, carrying around plush toys, chasing tennis balls, watching squirrels, watching movies on the couch curled up next to her humans, and is a happy and sweet girl!