Our blushing beauty, Avory, is a striking girl, whom we just plucked from Big City Animal Control, where her owner discarded her because she got too big. We can only imagine how adorable Avory was at 13 weeks old, a highly desirable Chocolate Labradoodle "designer" puppy. But with little training or leadership, she morphed into a 70 pound force of nature. And therein lies the problem with puppies.... they become ex-puppies.

Avory has become a rescue statistic at just 8 months old. She appeared to be shy and fearful in the shelter, but nevertheless, she received great behavior evaluations and was very easy to handle under extreme duress. She was on her way to the Shelter adoption program, when she came down with the obligatory sniffles, and was rerouted to the euthanasia list. We are thrilled to have her join us.

Avory, posing in the shelter.

Avory doesn't quite know what to make of the rescue process. She seemed slow to adjust to change, and the trick with her has been first, reigniting her puppy mojo, and then redirecting all of that puppy exuberance into some basic obedience work. It's quite obvious that her former owners had no leadership ability or interest in training, and Avory was allowed to become bored, underexercised and frustrated. Now, she seems to be a bit behind the learning curve on basic obedience and manners.

Avory is a striking beauty, with the most spellbinding, tiger-like, honey gold colored eyes. As a Labradoodle, her physique seems Lab-like, but her head shape and coat texture favor the Standard Poodle. Avory's coat has a soft wavy texture, and her coloring is rich mohogany-chocolate. She is a natural athlete, and has a lean, athletic physique that flourishes with a lot of exercise.

As a double dose of hardwired hunting dog, Avory needs a job. The best way to channel her work ethic is through retrieving exercises and obedience training. She loves her training sessions and is extremely eager to please. She responds to both praise and treat motivated positive reinforcement, as well as leadership training techniques. After her mental workout, Avory loves to play!

Avery would be a fabulous choice for an active single or couple who enjoy outdoor activities. The more exercise she gets the better. A quiet, relaxed home would be ideal for Avory, as she can become a little anxious in the face of chaos. She may be spooked by the frantic movements of toddlers, but she would thrive in an active, but laid back family, with older kids, who have been taught to handle a dog gently.

Avory enjoys the company of other friendly dogs, and she has made fast friends with our Irish Setter, Remington. They play constantly, and manage to tire each other out. Remy has helped Avory find her inner puppy, and that process seems to have healed some old wounds. Avory could easily join a multi-dog home, with dogs who are well trained, but she may pick up bad habits from a resident wild child. We have not tested her with cats, but she might chase and push to play beyond a cat's comfort level.

Avory needs ongoing work on manners and obedience basics with adopters willing to work with an older puppy. She is house trained and crate trained, but adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will inevitably occur during her transition to a new home. She is in excellent health, and is at an ideal lean body weight of 70 pounds pounds. She has been recently spayed, and has been vaccinated for rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitus, parvon parainfluenza and coronavirus). She has been boostered as needed. She has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. She has been dewormed, and microchipped. If you are interested in Avory, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call/text Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.