Our lovely Menina could not get out of her own way in the NYC ACC shelter environment. She was surrendered by her owners, who cited sudden onset of human allergies as the reason. Menina was so shellschocked at the loss of her home and loved ones, that she pitched a fuss that she earned herself a free ride to the euthanasia list, where she accidentally caught our eye. We were gobsmacked that such a gorgeous dog, just three years old, could be so easily disposed of, and so we jumped into action to see if we could convince Menina that humanity had some redeeming qualities.

Menina is one of those odd gambles in which both sides win big! She has gladly dropped all her defenses, and has morphed into an affectionate, loving girl. We acknowledge that sometimes the shelter environment brings out the worst fight or flight responses in dogs, and our mission is to give them a fair chance to show their true colors.

Menina appears to be primarily a stunning Standard Dachshund, with a hefty dose of tricolor Cardigan Corgi. She is a substantial medium sized dog, weighing 30 pounds, slightly smaller than a breed standard Corgi. Menina has the Dachshund black and tan colors, coupled with the Corgi's stand-up ears. Menina is at an ideal lean body weight, and her tricolor coat is short and requires minimal grooming. She has a squat, muscular physique, with the elongated spine that we see in Doxies and Corgis. She has a proud stance, and all of the wonderful attributes of a Scent Hound, mixed with the tenacity of a Herder.

Menina would be the ideal choice for an active single or couple, who's lifestyle allows for her to participate front and center. Menina has lived happily with older kids, and could be a good addition to an active family. She plays well with other dogs. so she could easily join a multi-dog home, with socialble, outgoing housemates. It seems to us that Menina would thrive in a calm laid-back home, that offers her a lot of opportunity for exercise and focused obedience work.

We sense some insecurity in Menina's delicate nature. We have focussed on confidence building by activating her Scent Hound instincts. She enjoys leisurely walks where she can take in nature, but she can quickly adapt to a jogging pace. Menina is an active dog who needs mental and physical stimulation. She has moderate energy, and would make a great walking or running companion. She would be a great addition to camping or hiking trips. The time she spends outdoors seems to thrill her.

Menina has progressed nicely on her obedience training, and she has the potential to reach Canine Good Citizen certification. She has already passed many of the tests and and has learned her basic obedience sequence. Menina is very treat motivated and easy to train. She may become occasionally distracted by the random scents of nature, but she redirects nicely and seems to enjoy her training sessions. Ongoing focus on obedience training will provide Menina leadership and mental stimulation that she needs to thrive.

Menina has good house manners, and 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. Menina is in good health and has recently been spayed She has been vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitus, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza, coronavirus), She has been boostered as needed. She has had the 4dx test: negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. She has been dewormed, microchipped and is on preventatives for Heartworm and Flea/Tick. If you are interested in Menina, 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.