|Pretty soft wire-haired terrier, who has a happy, easy going temperament - she is great with other dogs - but Kiki becomes possessive and protective of her people.
Kiki came from the country of Jordan when she was over 2 years old, she had been in a shelter there until a US diplomat adopted her and brought her here. He could not keep her as he was again stationed out of the country. I suspect she may not have had the easiest early life and may have anxiety from that but I'm not sure.
The humane society had her recently, they put her in an enclosure and she felt threatened there, she did not like it. It was a non starter from the beginning which surprised me since she loves being boarded. We have always taken her to "Its a dogs life" in Petaluma. She is happy there and no complaints from her caregivers either.
Kiki loves and craves being around people. It may not seem like it at first until she feels comfortable. Kiki is very loving and has always been amazing with kids, her prior owners had five, even the youngest from a toddle always hung all over Kiki, pulled her tail, etc and Kiki never cared.
She can lounge around most of the day but needs spurts of activity.
She hates swimming and doesn't really have an interest in fetching but would like a toy. She likes getting scratched and petted, and LOVES other dogs and would be best as a second or third dog so she doesn’t feel like she needs to be in charge.
Sudden movements or yelling alarm her and she starts barking.
She could use more barking training.
She takes on the role of protecting the family, house and large yard, maybe with more dogs she won't feel like she has to be the leader.
She does act hostile toward some strangers, not all. Kiki behaves badly at times towards strangers, seemingly out of fear and does this weird mix of being excited and anxious.
Ultimately Kiki is a lovely dog who would thrive with a new family that perhaps has a more predictable social calendar and is less of a social epicenter.
Because she would not show well or be happy at our Adoption Center, Kiki will remain at our Sanctuary until either someone travels there to adopt, or we have a few good applicants and feel like bringing her down to MPR would indeed land her in a home quickly.
$450 adoption fee.