They say dogs live in the moment, and given an opportunity to forget a past that is less than kind, they’ll do it in a heartbeat. This could not be more true for Mandy. Now here in Canada and in the care of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary, she is a happy, bouncy, delightful Vizsla Lab pup with a mischievous edge that comes from being so darn smart!
Her previous chapter of life is one she has put behind her. Our first introduction was this, sent by our dog rescue colleagues at BETA Lebanon:
Female mixed Lab, now 10 months old. Several months ago, she was hit by a car. Jaws broken. Her eyes say it all… You may have noticed the collar and leash … she was a house pet, but no longer wanted in her damaged state, tied out and left on her own. Hit by a car and suffering in silence, it was too much of a heartbreaking and frustrating sight for us to pass over. BETA Lebanon Facebook Post
Caution – the following image is graphic
The veterinary team at BETA is extra-ordinary. They re-wired her jaws, and fed her with a tube down her throat until she could eat again on her own. Now that she is healed, Mandy shows little sign of the horrific injury, just one tiny scar that one must really really search for in order to see.
What is even more fascinating is the extent to which Mandy uses her nose, muzzle and mouth to do everything. She tosses a ball in the air and catches it – all with her snout, the ball never touching the ground. She tucks into her food bowl with relish, and has no qualms with being pet, handled and generally all loved up anytime.
- Female, Spayed, UTD Vaccines
- Age: 12 to 14 months old (approximate)
- Breed: Mixed Breed, likely Vizsla Labrador Retriever cross
- Color & Coat: Blonde on blonde (eyes and coat), short haired
- Weight: Approximately 20 kilos
- Size: Medium
- Temperament: Extremely friendly, intelligent, highly trainable, eager to please, athletic, anxious when first alone
- Housebroken: Yes
- Good on Leash: Yes
- Good with other dogs: Yes
- Good with Kids: Unknown
- Good with Cats: Indifferent
- Good in Car: Yes
- Crate Trained: Yes
Mandy has some quirks that we feel are the result of not yet being in a home consistently, both of which are easily addressed with training: she is a counter surfer; one must watch her around food and other dogs at feeding time; and she gets possessive of whatever person she happens to be laying on if another dog approaches.
She is a young dog and takes direction very well. She wants to please, and that desire makes her very biddable, like a sponge ready to learn and take instruction from the people she trusts. She gets along with other dogs, plays “big dog” games with dogs her size or larger (she LOVES Gus!) and tries to play with the wee chihuahuas, though she doesn’t realize her puppy paws are too much and may knock them over.
While she has not been assessed with small children one on one, she can get exuberant and would need to be monitored and trained to share space in a family setting with small children.
Mandy loves her toys, and can amuse herself for hours with a ball and a squeaky. She is a kleptomaniac, collecting random items and hiding them in her crate “just to have.” She has not yet started to chew on her items collected – in order to avoid that habit forming, a good regime of mental and well as physical stimulation will be mandatory, as well as appropriate long-lasting chew toys. She is anxious when left alone, e.g. fenced in a yard by herself, and very much needs to have quality time with her human friends.
Mandy would be fine as an only dog in an active home, and with owners who are prepared to spend the time channeling Mandy’s high intelligence and eagerness to please. She would be an excellent flyball or frisbee champ, is already playing fetch like a pro, and loves to let those long legs fly across fields at top speed. She would also do well with a canine companion to help expend some of her puppy energies now, and give her athletic mind and body good workouts in future.
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We thank our sponsors CaniSource for providing the best possible food to bring Mandy up to perfect health through nutrition!