Our lovely Diamond in the rough is a discriminating beauty, who will definitely give strangers the once over, and maybe the stinkeye, before she gives up a kiss or a belly rub. She joined our Rescue last year, after her owner surrendered her to NYC ACC. Clearly Diamond was stressed at losing her home, and we were glad to be able to offer her a safe haven. Owner surrender dogs never seem to adapt well to shelter environments.

When Diamond first joined us, she had a shell-shocked look about her: she just stared as though she wondered what was going to become of her. She was slow-moving, slow-reacting, and looked as though she was assessing every possible way out of each scenario. After a few weeks, Diamond began to come out of her shell and shed her haunted, fearful look. Slowly, a confidant posture emerged, until she was facing life with higher expectations.

Three years old, Diamond is a striking young girl, with the most luscious carmel and chocolate colored coat. She appears to be a mix of two tenacious Toy breeds, that strike terror in the hearts of the world wide rodent population: Miniature Dachshund and Miniature Pinscher. Diamond's profile reveals that unmistakable Doxie elongated spine and squat stature, mixed with the proud posture, erect ears and tail of the Min Pin. She is a small, muscular dog, and at 11 pounds, she looks like she means business! We pity the fool rat that crosses our formidible canine Amazon princess.

As a double dose of tiny working dog, Diamond has a tenacity and high energy level that must be channeled into appropriate activities. She has a strong personality, and will run roughshod over a passive adopter. She needs an Alpha Pack Leader, who's willing to follow through on her obedience work and make the appropriate corrections. She has a relatively high activity level and adopters will need to provide adequate daily exercise. She would be a great fit for active adults, who have the time and patience to nurture Diamond's great potential.

Exercise and discipline are the keys to Diamond's well being. She would make a great running, walking or hiking champion, and she absolutely loves outdoor activities. She has the signature intelligence that we expect from our Mini Doxies and Min Pins, and she is quick to grasp basic obedience commands. We have begun Diamond on the Canine Good Citizenship program, and she's already performing beautifully. We encourage adopters to take her the rest of the way, and register her as a CGC advocate.

Diamond has great house manners, and is house trained in crate trained. Adopters should expect to troubleshoot house training issues because rescue dogs lose quite a bit of their mojo during the rescue process. Diamond is a smart girl and will quickly adjust to her new potty routine.

Diamond in excellent health and has been spayed. She has been vaccinated for rabies and DA2PP (distemper, adrenovirus, parvo and parainfluenza). She has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. She has been microchipped and dewormed. If you are interested in Diamond, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call 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.