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Heidi Needs Your help

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Please meet Heidi! Heidi is a very sweet, mature and loving girl. We believe she is around 4yrs old and is adorable as can be. She arrived here after Animal Control found her wondering around in the country. Since her arrival we have been able to spend some time and get to know this special girl. Here are some highlights of her personality traits:

Very patient and understands the word "no". She knows to wait for a treat, knows "sit" and walks well on a leash (unless distracted by the nose). She is very intelligent and is able to focus her attention. It didn't take Heidi long to figure out how to open the gate latches (which could explain why she was loose to begin with). Heidi loves to sit and snuggle with you. She is not at all like typical Boxers, who are high-strung and full of energy.

Unfortunately, when we tested Heidi for Heartworms she came back positive. Thanks to Creekside Veterinary Clinic we are able to treat the Heartworms along with removal of a tumor from her front leg. Heidi will need a lot of TLC and time to rest from both procedures.Heidi  is currently in foster care, but this is only a temporary arrangement.  Her  foster mom says, "she is really just the perfect dog".  Her foster mom might be a little biased, but we have learned the following traits about Heidi:

  • She is house trained and crate trained.
  • She is a very quiet dog--hasn't barked once since we got her.
  • She snores, and it is hilarious.
    She LOVES going on walks. Every time I put my shoes on she gets excited. However, she is still a novice at walking on a leash.
  • She is content to cuddle on the couch all day.
  • She knows "sit" and "no"
  • She does good on car rides.
  • She is unlikely to ever run into traffic. Every time a car passes us when we walk on the sidewalk, she freaks out.
  • She has absolutely no interest in toys and has not taken to any of the bones we have gotten her. Of course, she loves treats.
  • She hasn't chewed up any of our furniture or gotten into the trash, very well-behaved (except for hogging the couch)
  • She snorts like a pig.

    Would you like to open you heart & home to Heidi?
    Please visit or call (618-457-2362) our facility during business hours (noon-4:30 except on Tuesdays).



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P.O. Box 291
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