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Lucy

APA-A-75423

Looks Like
Malinois, Belgian

Sex
Female

Current Weight
58 lbs

Estimated Age
11 Years
6 Months

Location
Foster

Adoption Fee
$0
Looks Like
Malinois, Belgian
Sex
Female
Current Weight
58 lbs
Estimated Age
11 Years
6 Months
Location
Foster
Adoption Fee
$0

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"I'm here to love and protect you... also, if you have any food laying around, I can take care of that for you."

Lucy is an incredibly smart, playful and caring pup who is full of fun quirks. Like when she wants to come back inside from the balcony of her foster's apartment or if she wants to go on a walk, rather than bark, she'll rub her body against her person or the door like a cat to get your attention. She also doesn't like crates, and when she was younger, she'd figure out how to get out of them, then go and grab a pot out of the sink and leave it at the back door as a kind of protest, letting her owners know as soon as they walked in that she was out and about. Fortunately, Lucy is fully house-trained, and once she settles into a new place, she does great left home alone, napping the day away until her person returns.

Lucy operates kind of like a beautiful furry sentinel - she likes to sit in areas where she can see you and the entry to the room. She will sleep on the bed, but at the foot of the bed facing the door. She's also very well-behaved and doesn't pull on leash. She knows sit, stay, go, no and responds well to corrections. She also knows "kisses" where she kisses you on the face and "drop it". You may need to repeat the command a couple times, but you'll notice that her hearing gets a lot better when you have a treat in your hand! Lucy is friendly with most dogs her size and bigger, and she's amazing with kids. She sort of ignores infants (can't get much pets from them!), but she will happily interact with people of all ages.

Lucy loves getting affection, but is also a pretty independent lady. She will come over and hang out to get pets, but when you stop, she'll either nudge you for more or she will go to her bed, lay down and look lovingly at you. An active pup who also likes to chill, Lucy loves playing with chew toys, and while anything with a squeaker is her favorite, she will happily chew on whatever toy you give her. And she is really good at knowing what is a toy and what isn't. She's great at keeping herself entertained, but she's always up for a game of tug-a-war and also loves to play hide-and-go seek! And if she's not playing or chewing on a toy or being pet, she's happy to go lounge out on the balcony and do some people-watching.

Lucy would make a wonderful addition to any number of loving homes, and while she does well in her foster's apartment, but she'd really love a yard to romp in. That and some toys and some tasty treats, and Lucy will be one happy camper. In return, she promises to be a loyal, affectionate and all around great companion. If you think you can handle all that, come meet this amazing pup!
Come meet your new best friend

Requirements

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Please plan on allowing adequate time to be matched with a dog, have relevant consultations, and complete all necessary paperwork. This can take 1-2 hours in total.

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Fill out our adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor.

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You must be at least 18 years of age.

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You must show a picture ID with a current address. If this isn't available, we will accept a picture ID with a current utility bill.

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An APA!-conducted meet-and-greet with current household dogs is recommended for most and required for some adult dogs.

Our adoption fee varies per dog depending on age, breed, and/or medical condition(s). This fee includes:

Spay or neuter surgery (Please note that an additional $100 refundable deposit is required for all dogs who are not yet spayed or neutered.)

Heartworm test on dogs 6 months and older

Current vaccinations

Deworming treatment

Microchip

Lifetime behavior support

Accepted forms of payment include cash, debit or credit card, or money order payable to Austin Pets Alive!.

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