Meridia is Adoptable
Breed: Whippet Mix
Age: 1 Year
Shots Current: Yes
Adoption Fee: $75
Meridia is a 1 year old female Whippet mix who is available for adoption through the Humane Society of Manatee County in Bradenton, FL. Please click on the “Meridia’s Story” tab above to read more about her.
From the Foster Family…
Meridia is one of over 300 animals that were seized after Napier’s Animal Sanctuary was shut down due to charges of animal cruelty. HSMC took her in, along with many other animals.
When HSMC rescued Meridia, she was covered in feces and scared half to death. It was apparent from the onset that Meridia had very little (if any) human interaction during her lifetime, and she cowered in her kennel whenever anyone approached.
HSMC contacted us to foster Meridia after it was apparent that the shelter environment was no place for her to heal. Her fear and mistrust of people (especially men) made her adoption chances slim. We’ve been fostering Meridia for about a month now, and although she is still extremely timid and will need loads of TLC, we think she’s ready for adoption by the right person.
When we first met Meridia at the rescue, she wanted NOTHING to do with us. She refused to make eye contact, and had no interest in the treats we brought. She interacted with another dog at the rescue who she was familiar with, but still chose to remain mostly on her own. When we brought our own dog in to meet her, Meridia showed no signs of aggression, but wasn’t overly interested in playing.
HSMC had warned us that Meridia had “fear nipping” issues. If a person approached her too quickly or cornered her with no way to escape, she would nip at them in an attempt to regain her space. During her first 3 days with us she nipped out 3 times, and at no time did she actually make contact. We have not seen that behavior since.
Meridia has shown a lot of progress lately. She’s learning to trust us, and is slowly building up her confidence and exploring new things. She’s started giving kisses and looking to us for affection. She curls up beside us in bed, and rolls over to have her belly rubbed (her favorite thing in the whole wide world). She spends more time socializing and less time hiding.
Meridia LOVES LOVES LOVES being outdoors, and is at her absolute most adorable when she’s outside playing and just being a dog. She’s FAST, agile, and can stop and turn on a dime. She’s an escape artist, though, so we’re recommending that her adoptive home have a fenced in yard where she can burn off her nervous energy in a safe, contained environment.
We’ve started taking Meridia with us when we visit friends, and she’s done remarkably well. She loves being around other dogs, and has shown absolutely no signs of aggression. She hasn’t exhibited any resource guarding and shares food, treats and toys freely. She’s still extremely timid around the new humans she encounters, but she’s learning to mingle with people more and more each day.
Meridia pretty much house-trained herself, and has had only one accident since we brought her home. It’s really quite impressive. She paces to get your attention when she has to go out, and runs straight to the back yard to do her business.
She has shown no separation anxiety, and seems to do well when left alone. She hasn’t chewed or destroyed things while we’ve been out, and we’ve seen no reason to crate.
At this time, we’re recommending a home with no small children. As I’ve said, we’ve seen no fear nipping issues since the first week, but she hasn’t been exposed to little kids – they can be unpredictable, and we don’t want to take any chances.
Meridia also has not been exposed to cats. If you have a cat in your home, we’ll be happy to test her behavior with felines before you arrange to meet her.
Meridia needs a good home in a calm, quiet environment. She needs love, affection, and loads of attention. She needs someone who will continue to work on building her confidence and socialization skills, and who won’t get frustrated with her timidity. She needs to be trained using positive reinforcement NOT punishment. We think she would thrive in a home with another dog as a role model.
Adoption Fee: $75
The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, initial vaccines, microchip, heartworm test, flea and tick prevention, monthly parasite prevention, and 30 days of free Shelter Care Health Insurance.
If you are considering adopting an animal, but would like to ensure that it is a good fit, and will thrive in your household, a Foster-to-Adopt situation may be considered. Contact Take a Pet for more information.
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