Animal ID: APA-A-36879
Sex: F
Looks Like: Terrier, Staffordshire Bull
Current Weight: 58.8 pounds
Date of Birth: 2008-11-10
Age: 9 years, 0 months
Other Info: TOP Dog Trainee
Location: TLAC
Building 1
Kennel 111
Dog Score: 1 - Would do best not living with other dogs.
Cat Score: 2 - There’s potential. Let’s talk about how to slowly integrate dogs and cats!
Child Score: 2 - Could potentially live with older children.
Home Alone Score: 4 - Has been left home alone somewhat successfully

Check out Marilla's Videos!

Marilla is delightful in all the ways dogs can be - goofy, cuddly, and completely unaware of her size.

Marilla loves two things more than anything else in this world - fetch and belly rubs. If she has a choice between a ball or a new friendly person to beg for bellyrubs, she will agonize over it for a few moments, then usually chooses the belly rubs. And if she can get some playtime in water, even better. She has been labeled the "Mermaid of Lady Bird Lake" as she can be spotted at this watering hole on a sunny day, swimming the day away.

Marilla's default assumption when meeting new people is that they are new best friends. She cannot get close enough to people and will wind herself all around you trying to get as many body parts touching as possible.

Marilla also enjoys learning new things and is in the Total Obedience Program (TOP), which is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Marilla has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help her learn the skills to become the best dog she can be! She is learning skills like sit and down, walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers or other dogs, staying in a sit or down until told "free," and coming when called.

Once Marilla successfully completes all the skills on her training plan she will be considered TOP Dog Ready! Marilla is working hard to become a wonderful pet and as a part of APA's Total Obedience Program you can work with APA staff to continue to build a training relationship with Marilla after adoption and master all the TOP dog skills together. Check out a video on APA's CGC program, on which the TOP was based: