4 years

Dharma is a special girl who came to us after she was found on the side of the road in southern Illinois with matted fur, covered in fleas and ticks, fending for herself.  After coming to CRGI, her coat was shaved off and she was treated for Ehrlichia.  We have also found that she has arthritis on both of her back knees.  Despite this difficult start, Dharma loves being around her people, which is a big change from the nervous and skittish girl her foster family brought home.  

Dharma initially had food aggression issues; she showed her teeth to her canine foster siblings and couldn't be around them, at first.   But her foster family found Dharma a trainer who addressed her fears, and she learned that she did not have to fight for her food anymore.  Working with a trainer really helped Dharma to trust people and brought her out of her shell.  She now likes to be right by her foster family, hoping to be petted, and she approaches strangers with a wagging tail.

Dharma is completely house trained and has not had any accidents inside.  Loud noises and quick movements make her nervous, so ideally, Dharma needs a calm home, and would do best with adults who are home a lot during the day.  She would do well with canine siblings that are older and not going to bump into her a lot.  A fenced yard is necessary if she is going to be outside by herself, as she has taken an interest in squirrels and rabbits.   Because of her arthritis, she needs a house with minimal stairs.

Dharma has come a long way since being found on the side of the road, and she is ready to find a loving forever family to give her lots of attention.

Dharma is being fostered in Southern Wisconsin. If you can open your heart and home to this special girl please fill out an application at www.collierescue.org

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