Katlyn is a beautiful and sincere girl, full of love. Sadly, she lacks trust in humans due to a past she needs to leave behind. In order to do that, we need to realize Katlyn’s limitations and find her her forever people that can live within them. Katlyn loves with her absolute whole heart. She is happiest with her trusted people in the home or playing in the fenced in yard. Regular walks in dog and people-populated areas are harder for her as she is on guard and so her exercise needs to be in a fenced in yard or on calm and uneventful outings on leash (jogging would be okay since her mind is moving forward and not worried as much about surroundings). She does enjoy walks but they need to be on “down-times” as otherwise it will be an exercise in patience-building for you and will ultimately be useless for Katlyn.
Meeting new people is quite hard for Katlyn and requires time and trust building. Even then, big movements and loud voices destroy her trust. She needs people to advocate for her, which means that when people come over for visits, her people need to understand that she would rather be put in her room or crate and chew a bone and relax, than have social pressures placed on her. She can most definitely increase her world with regular visits and calm interactions (and lots of treats) but this takes time and a commitment. That she has this ability at all, to love and find people to love her too, is the reason we feel Katlyn has value and deserves a specialized adoption plan.
The key with Katlyn is realizing that what we regularly think dogs want (doggy friends, lots of leashed walks to greet the world and lots of socialization in the house) are not what she wants at all. It is counter-intuitive to what we think we need to give our dogs, but these social expectations will cause Katlyn to fail miserably in the world. What she wants is to have loving people in her home, lots of interactive play in the yard, cuddles, treats and a calm world that is predictable. True to her bulldog nature, she is goofy, ridiculous at times and stubborn too. Her tummy leads the way though and treats can often get her back on track if she decides listening to you is not high on her list. She is crate-trained and has a lot of obedience down pat, even though sometimes she would rather pretend she does not hear you at all (insert eye roll here). She has no issues being crated for a work day and would likely be non-destructive if left loose once she was used to her new schedule.
Katlyn needs so much commitment from her new people in her first days with them. She will struggle but the love she will give will be rewarding, and dare we say, life-changing.
If you have a home life that does not involve a lot of visitors, and you are looking for a dedicated cuddle buddy, Katlyn might just be your girl. Who knows, maybe together you can save each other’s happiness.
- Breed: Bulldog / Boston Mix
- Sex: Female
- Age: 3 yrs. 7 mos. old
- Size: Medium
- Colour: Seal / White
- Spayed/Neutered: Yes
- Stage: Available
- Dogs: Katlyn can make friends with easy, tolerant and well balanced dogs with slow introductions.
- Cats: Dog savvy cats and monitored introductions would work for Katlyn.
- Kids: No, as she needs a calm and predictable life
- Housing Type: Single or townhome.
- Fenced in yard? Yes. Required. If you have a country lot with lots of space and the reassurance that she will be on a lunge line, then no fence needed.
- Special Needs: Katlyn is part of our Recovery Adoption Dog (RAD) program. Her past human experiences were not kind to her and now Katlyn needs to build a trusting relationship with her people. She will also need a calmer home life. Recovery Adoption Dogs come with a meet and greet (one or more), a private professional coaching session when the dog arrives in your care, a month long foster-to-adopt to ensure the dog is a good fit for your life, a second follow-up session before the end of the trial to make sure you are both living your best lives together!