Our Penny is a very special girl, indeed. She is a shy Southern Belle, who made her way North through a Interstate Rescue group and found herself in the thick of big city hustle and bustle, on the upper east side of Manhattan. The transition to Rescue seemed to rattle her. She was unable to relax and be comfortable in her new home.

She has recently joined our country bumpkin rescue and seems to enjoy a more quiet lifestyle. Penny needed a place to decompress and relax, so that she could regain her composure, and begin to enjoy a dog's life again. Just a year and a half old, Penny is an older puppy, who's breeding circumstances never allowed her to develop normal puppy social behavior.

We were thrilled to have Penny join us, but upon arrival, it seemed that we were way more happy to meet her, than Penny was to meet us. Penny was terrified, and completely shut down. It took a few days for her to relax and relate to handlers, but, slowly, she began to warm up. In a short while, Penny became loving and affectionate, but still became nervous around new situations. Our mission was to give this doe-eyed ingenue so many positive experiences, that she could reclaim the joy of her puppyhood.

Penny certainly did not project the mighty clueless confidence that we so often see in older puppies. And yet, she has come around beautifully, through patient human touch and social integration with other, more confident dogs. She can be a bit shy when encountering new people and situations, but her tendency is to back away, rather than respond with fearful aggression. Continued gentle handling, and strong leadership, will allow Penny to experience the wonders of the world in a positive manner.

Penny is a petite girl, and we guess she has some sighthound in her, most likely Italian Greyhound. Her jittery nerves suggests an IG temperament. Weighing just 12 pounds, Penny may be mixed with a bit of Miniature Pinscher. She is a small dog, with a willowy athletic physique. She has natural ears and a long tail. Her coat is short, tan and easy to groom, although Penny does shed eyelash length hairs.

Penny has become an affectionate sweetheart, who has completely charmed her foster mom. She has done well with other dogs, so Penny can join a multi-dog home with other balanced and well-trained dogs to guide her, and help build confidence. Penny is behind the learning curve on basic manners and obedience commands, but she is extremely eager to please, and a joy to train. Adopters must be prepared to puppy proof the house, and be diligent in her training and socialization.

Penny has begun to learn the basics of the AKC Canine Good Citizenship program, and we recommend that adopters continue her on this path to build her confidence. She is a medium energy pup, who needs a couple of brisk leash walks, as well as focussed playtime each day to release her puppy energy.

Penny has good house manners, for an older pup, and is housetrained and crate trained. Adopters should be prepared to troubleshoot the occasional accident that may occur as Penny transitions to her new routine. She is spayed and has been vaccinated for rabies and DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza and coronavirus). She has had the 4snap test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. She has been microchipped and dewormed. If you are interested in Penny 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.