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Adopted  10/15/05!

  • Gender- female
  • DOB - 04/04/03
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - 120
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 05/30/03
  • Available as of - Now
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - Yes
  • Good with other dogs - Yes
    • with cats - mostly
    • with kids - some
    • with the elderly - No
  • Temperament - Washu has calmed down a lot since she was a pup, but she is still an active, outgoing dog who loves life and tends to be a bit exuberant. She is always happy, never scared of anything, and always wants to meet new people and explore new things.

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Washu was turned over to us by her breeder at 8 weeks old. We had her in temporary foster care until we could arrange transport. She is from the upstate New York area and came to us with her sister, Ryoko. She also had a deaf brother who was purchased from the breeder by one of the temporary fosters who helped us with Washu & Ryoko. Washu is the smaller of the two sisters but more than makes up for her smaller size with a personality as big as all outdoors. She is a big cuddle toy and just loves attention but she is also a wild child who is always on the go and always looking for fun stuff. Her fun stuff often involves trouble. She and Washu are devoted to one another as they have been together all their lives. But because Ryoko is not nearly as bold and inquisitive as Washu, Washu is often off on her own getting into trouble, while Ryoko is sleeping quietly. However in times of stress or when threatened, they reverse roles and Washu becomes the reserved one while Ryoko becomes the protector.

Update 10/1/03 - Washu is now almost 6 months old. She is a sweet affectionate dog, but she is also a high energy dog. She is always into something. Of course she will eventually grow out of this, but I doubt she will really settle down until she is older, maybe 2 -2 1/2 years old. She is a smart girl and wants to please, so she is easy to train. She needs lots of appropriate toys and attention, but she is a great dog. Now that she is older we can see that some of her spots are not black. They are brindle. So she has some fawn and or brindle in her background at some point.

Update 7/25/05 - Washu has grown up here with us for the most part, though she was placed twice with her sister and was gone for a few months each time. She had been so closely bonded with her sister that we were not willing to consider separate placements. The two times we did place her, the adopter did not follow through on commitments to get the sisters into a class and do some basic training with them. And eventually they called us complaining that the sisters were out of control. We have never had any problems with them here, though we also do not leave them alone for 8 hours a day either. We are not really sure which sister was the main problem, though I am betting it was Washu, the more rambunctious and outgoing of the two. Ryoko can be mischievous, but she is mostly a laid back, quiet, shy sort of dog who just loves to cuddle. Whereas Washu is the rambunctious, outgoing, self assured dog who tends to get into things. In the last few months, the two sisters have grown less and less dependent on one another and have lost that ultra close bond, and at this point we are willing to consider placing them separately. They are both very ready for a home of their own, and that is now more important to them than being together. As you can see in the photos, they sued to do everything together, eat, sleep, play, everything. And if they were ever apart for even a few minutes, the first thing they would do is find one another and touch noses. But they have not been doing any of that lately, in fact they hardly pay any attention to one another now. Washu loves to sleep in your lap. This was something we taught her as part of a program to get her to calm down and to allow people to pet her without her getting all worked up. It worked, perhaps a little too well, as she now is always bugging us to sit in our laps. She now loves cuddling and being petted though, so we did manage to do what we set out to do.

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Washu on the left

Washu on the right

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Washu in background

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