Animal Profile

Sasha Fierce

Hello, my name is Sasha Fierce . My animal id is #19838. I am a female brown dog at the . The shelter thinks I am about 4 years 1 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 03-Feb-2018, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- cannot afford to care for.


Someone has already placed a deposit on me. I'm no longer available.

Sasha Fierce is at risk for medical reasons, having been diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, which is contagious to other dogs. Behaviorally, we suggest that Sasha Fierce would be best suited to a dog experienced home.

Let's get to know each other a bit more...

A volunteer writes: She is...Sasha Fierce! Even Beyonce can't outshine this gorgeous girl when it comes to looking fine and dancing like she was born to it but what makes our Sasha extra extra special is her wonderfully friendly approach to everyone she meets and every species she sees. Sasha grew up right alongside a cat and lived in harmony with a small dog, a turtle and...wait for it...a lizard! It was a full house well suited to her heart full of love and we're told she interacted gently with her cat, playfully with her dog and enjoyed watching her turtle and lizard inside their tanks. Exuberant and fun, Sasha's a real tomboy who loves to roughhouse and go on adventures but she has her cuddly side too and is always happy to share a snuggle session on the nearest lap. Despite her high energy levels and general bounciness, she seems to have been nicely trained and walks like a dream on leash, does all her business in the street and greets other dogs politely in playgroup. Once the camera comes out she's a consummate professional, striking a perfect sit on command and giving her best beaming smile--Queen Bey would be proud! We're told Sasha's spent time playing with kids of all ages but was never given any toys of her own so she's still got some learning to do regarding what is and isn't for chewing and a home with no small children would suit her best for now. She's been crate trained and does well in it but spent far too long between walks in her previous home so her ideal family will enjoy getting out and about as much as she does. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly and Sasha gotta play and frolic as her puppy heart desires! Teach her well, feed her even better and offer her plenty of toys and friends to play with and there's no limit to the depth of this girl's potential. Sasha Fierce is a superstar just waiting for her chance to shine, welcome her home and give her the spotlight she deserves!

My medical notes are...

Weight: 34 lbs


DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: Reported 4 years old; exam is consistent with this Microchip noted on Intake? Scanned negative; MC placed during exam History : Surrendered. No reported health issues although pt spent most of her time in a crate and was not always fed, and is therefore underweight. Subjective: Energetic, friendly Observed Behavior - Allows all handling, soft body. Jumps up on handler and wags tail. Evidence of Cruelty seen - Emaciated. Small wounds on ear margins. Evidence of Trauma seen - None Objective BAR-H, MMs pink and moist, BCS 2-3/9 EENT: Small scabbed wounds on both lateral ear margins - about 5 mm thick and 1-3 cm long. Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted. Oral Exam: Moderate tartar, mild gingival recession. PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Female, no ss palpated MSI: Fur coat on ventrum and lower legs is stained yellow and crusty; pt smells of urine and feces. Long nails. Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted. CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: Normal externally Assessment: 1. Emaciated 2. Dental disease 3. Small wounds to lateral ear margins - should heal with no intervention 4. Dirty Prognosis: Good Plan: 1. Bathe 2. Third feedings 3. Recommend daily tooth brushing and regular dental cleanings SURGERY: Okay for surgery 1088


S/O: QAR, Marked clear nasal dis-c A: CIRDC P: Move to Iso 1) Doxycycline 150 mg SID for 14 days 2) Cerenia 34 mg SID 4 days 3) Re-ck in 3 and 7 days

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 1. Green

Sasha approached with a wagging tail and jumped up to greet. She put her head down on my lap and allowed me to pet her. She had a relaxed body and allowed me to collar her. She listed to the cues; sit and up. She went into her kennel right away. She took treats gently from my hand. She ate fast and didn't mind me taking her leash off while she ate, she continued to eat and did not acknowledge me.

Basic Information:: Sasha is a 4 year old gray and white female medium mixed breed. She was given to her previous owner when she was a few weeks old. She was surrendered because her previous owner can no longer care for her.

Previously lived with:: 1 adult, 1 small dog, 1 cat, 1 turtle, 1 lizard

How is this dog around strangers?: Around strangers, Sasha is friendly and outgoing and exuberant at play when she plays with adults.

How is this dog around children?: Sasha has spent time with children age 2 through 12. With them she was relaxed and playful and exuberant at play.

How is this dog around other dogs?: Sasha lived with a small female dog for the past year. With her she was relaxed and playful.

How is this dog around cats?: Sasha lived with a 10 year old female cat. They have lived together since Sasha was a few weeks old. With her Sasha is relaxed and playful and gentle at play.

Resource guarding:: Sasha's previous owner has never attempted to take food or toys away from her. If the small dog she lived with went near her food, she growled.

Bite history:: Sasha has never attempted to bite her previous owner or another animal.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: high

Other Notes:: Sasha lived with a turtle and lizard and likes to watch them in their tanks but has never interacted with them. isn't bothered if she is taken off furniture or disturbed while sleeping. When she used to get baths she enjoyed them. She's friendly if a new person approached the home or her previous owner.

Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: Yes

Medical Notes: Sasha has never been to the vet. She is underweight.

For a New Family to Know: Sasha is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, and excitable. Her previous owner likes that she is friendly with everyone and got along with his other pets. Sasha has not had toys and did not get played with. She was kept indoors only and lived in her crate. She ate dry Eukanuba dog food. She is house trained but was not walked often. For exercise she was walked a few times a month. She does well in her crate. She knows the cues come and stay. She was walked off leash and stayed by her previous owners side.

Date of intake:: 2/4/2018

Spay/Neuter status:: No

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 4 years)

Previously lived with:: An adult, a small dog, a cat, a turtle, and a lizard

Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly, outgoing, and exuberant

Behavior toward children:: Relaxed, playful, and exuberant

Behavior toward dogs:: Relaxed and playful with the dog she lived with

Behavior toward cats:: Relaxed and playful

Resource guarding:: None reported

Bite history:: None reported

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Sasha is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, and excitable with a high level of activity.

Date of assessment:: 2/7/2018

Look:: 1. Dog's eyes are averted, with tail wagging and ears back. Allows head to be held loosely in Assessor's cupped hands.

Sensitivity:: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, and tail is in neutral position with a relaxed body posture. Dog's mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.

Tag:: 1. Dog assumes play position and joins the game. Or dog indicates play with huffing, soft 'popping' of the body, etc. Dog might jump on Assessor once play begins.

Paw squeeze 1:: 2. Dog gently places open mouth over the Assessor's hand without applying pressure.

Paw squeeze 2:: 2. Dog gently places open mouth over the Assessor's hand without applying pressure.

Flank squeeze 1:: Item not conducted

Flank squeeze 2:: Item not conducted

Toy:: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.

Summary:: Sasha Fierce quickly approached the assessor in the assessment room with a soft body. She jumped up in a playful manner several times during the assessment, and mouthed the assessor's hands, applying light pressure. She was social throughout and allowed all handling.

Summary (1):: 2/7: When introduced to the male greeter dog, Sasha Fierce greets politely with soft body and wagging tail. She does not engage in play but will encourage interaction from the other dog. Due to limited observation, slow future introductions are recommended between Sasha Fierce and respectful dogs.

Date of intake:: 2/4/2018

Summary:: Sasha Fierce had a relaxed body, jumped up to greet, and allowed handling.

Date of initial:: 2/4/2018

Summary:: Sasha Fierce had a soft body, jumped up, and allowed handling.

ENERGY LEVEL:: Sasha Fierce's previous owner described her as having a high level of activity. She is a young, enthusiastic, social dog who will need daily mental and physical activity to keep her engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct her energy and enthusiasm.

IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Sasha Fierce consistently displays highly social behavior with her human caretakers outside of her kennel. She maintains a loose wiggly body throughout interactions and solicits attention from handlers.

BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)

Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable

Recommendations:: No young children (under 5)

Recommendations comments:: No young children: Due to the level of jumping and mouthing seen at the care center, we recommend a home without young children. Older children who are comfortable around large, jumpy dogs should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption.

Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition

Potential challenges comments:: Basic manners/poor impulse control: Sasha Fierce jumps up a lot of people in a social manner. It is recommended that default behaviors such as "Leave it", "Sit/Stay", "Down" are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach her to control her impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended. Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition: While she applies only light pressure, Sasha Fierce was mouthy throughout the assessment and is quick to put her teeth on skin. This is likely an attention-seeking behavior, but it should be replaced with an alternative behavior as it can frighten people. We recommend never playing with bare hands – always with a toy - and ending play or attention whenever Sasha Fierce puts teeth on skin. She should be rewarded with attention and treats when she stops and/or when she is seeking attention in alternate ways.