#10135 Green Dragon Apple

Adoptable
Small-size, Male, Adult Terrier,

Hello, my name is Green Dragon Apple.  I came from a very bad place but have been getting better with patient and loving attention in foster care.  I was kept for many years in a small, filthy kennel– kind of like a rabbit hutch – as a backyard breeder dog.  I didn’t get much interaction with people or other dogs, and I wasn’t allowed to run and play.  Now I am learning all about how to accept attention and treats from my foster mom, how to run freely around the house and through the forest, and how to interact nicely with my pup-sisters.  I love to sit beside foster mom on the sofa at night; she cuddles and pets me until I fall asleep. Sometimes she lets me sleep in the big bed, and I am a very good boy and sleep quietly all night. If you’re looking for a shy little fella who puts on a brave face (but can be easily scared) I am your pup. 

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Green Dragon is still very frightened, and whoever adopts him must be willing to work patiently to help him gain confidence. He would do best in a quiet home without children, with someone who can devote time to helping him develop into the happy, confident, and affectionate little pup his foster mom sometimes sees. Although still frightened of people, he craves human touch, and regular, intentional periods of holding and petting him will help support his continued improvement.

Green Dragon has graduated to a light 15-foot training lead that he pulls behind him on walks as he faithfully and independently follows his foster mom and her dogs on walks. His foster mom does not hold the lead; it is only intended as a fail safe to make retrieval easier should Green Dragon get scared and break away from the pack. He loves to run through the dried leaves that have accumulated on the forest floor, and the outdoors scents, sounds, and movements (birds and branches) rarely spook him anymore. Most importantly, when he does get frightened, it is usually for only a short period; he then recovers and voyages on. He is daily growing stronger and more confident in his stride on the morning and evening walks.

Green Dragon has continued to maintain a regular potty schedule, with only a few accidents inside (which usually occur when his foster mom drops the ball and fails to take him out on a timely basis). He is taken out first thing in the morning and does a double potty and is taken out right before bedtime. In between he is taken out every four to six hours on a fairly regular basis. He is allowed to roam free in the living room and kitchen as a reward for pottying on schedule, which he loves.

He is very food-motivated and treats can be used to help him gain confidence in his new home.

He is not a fan of crates (probably because of his history) but rides quietly in a crate in the car. His foster mom is working to help acclimate him to crates, but they probably will never be a good option for him. He now stays in an ex pen with regular free run of the living room and kitchen.

He does not need another dog but he does fine with and is daily engaging more with one pup-sister (she is just a little larger than he is). He is extremely interested in his other pup-sister, who is a 95 pound German Shepherd Dog. She is very tolerant of his interest and it is a joy to his foster mom to watch them interact.

Green Dragon is developing into an interested, engaged little dog. He looks directly into his foster mom's eyes much more than before and is very aware and accepting when she is approaching him to slip on a lead (but still will often shrink away; his foster mom uses chest pats and words to reassure him). He attended an adoption event recently (see the first picture in his listing) and remained calm and attentive in a very lively environment involving multiple people and dogs, including strangers who petted and admired him.

Green Dragon Apple is probably about seven years old and weighs 10 pounds.  He has had a dental and gets an Oravet treat every night to help maintain his clean teeth.  He is on heartworm preventative, and just recently had a negative heartworm test and a full medical checkup. 

Green Dragon Apple is up-to-date on his vaccinations and has been neutered. He is best in a home without small children and is not suitable in an apartment, condo or other urban setting. Green Dragon Apple is currently being fostered in Doswell, VA.

All adult dogs, cats, and kittens are altered prior to adoption. Puppies too young to be altered at the time of adoption must be brought to our partner vet in Davidsonville, MD for spay or neuter paid for by Operation Paws for Homes by 6 months of age. Adopters may choose to have the procedure done at their own vet before 6 months of age and be reimbursed the amount that the rescue would pay our partner vet in Davidsonville.

This dog's bio is based off the experiences of the foster and/or volunteers of OPH as well as any information that we received from the shelter or previous owner. This is very important because it means that while they may act one way in the foster’s home, you may experience something different in your home.