Onyx is a beautiful six year old Flat-Coated Retriever whose owners must try to find her a new home. Following is a note from Onyx’s family that they have asked to be included with her biography.
Onyx joined our family when she was about 3 years old. She is the most loving dog we have ever encountered. She loves all people and is always ready with a kiss, snuggle, or to just provide company. She is an excellent guard dog, with a ferocious-sounding bark to warn people aware from the home. However, as soon as she meets a person who is coming to visit, she is all love. She is an excellent companion for walks, hiking, car rides, and naps.
Onyx was originally rescued from an animal shelter in rural Arkansas. Little is known about the first few years of her life. However, an x-ray incidentally revealed that she has a bullet lodged in her chest, indicating she was shot at some point early in her life. (She has no outward signs of this incident or lasting damage.)
Onyx has had some difficulties socializing with other dogs for all of her known life. However, after a few initial battles for dominance, she learned to get along with our other female dog very well. We have had no difficulties between the two of them. So long as she is given plenty of room, she does well on play dates with other dogs. However, when she is overwhelmed and crowded by strange dogs, Onyx lets them know in no uncertain terms that their attention is unwelcome.
Our family now has a toddler. Onyx clearly loves him and he adores her, and most of the time she is wonderful with him. However, she was crowded and overwhelmed when our toddler has approached her on two occasions when she had food and Onyx nipped. For this reason, we must find Onyx a new home. We feel Onyx would be fine in a home with older children, but toddlers are too much for her and she does not see them as people, but as other dogs in her pack that Onyx wants to corral and correct. This has been a heart-breaking decision for us.
In spite of her love of children, she will need a home without small children. Although she is six years old, she has the energy and athletic abilities of a much younger dog. She can climb fences (even a six-foot tall privacy fence), so she will need to be on a rural property, mainly an indoors dog, or at a home with a climbing-proof fence. If not sufficiently exercised, she will need to be crated when she is left home alone; she has chewed up items in this circumstance.
Onyx is spayed, up-to-date on shots, heartworm negative (tested August 2010), microchip in place which can be transferred to new owner. She is also housebroken, crate trained, knows basic obedience commands, and is trained to tolerate nail grinding.
Onyx is an independent rescue supported by DogsOnly, so she will not be available to meet every Saturday except for holiday weekends at the DogsOnly adoption showing at Petco on Chenal Parkway across from Target and Home Depot.
To learn more about Onyx you can send an email directly to her owners at TracyHaselow@gmail.com or complete an online adoption application by clicking the orange colored links at the top or bottom of this page.
An adoption fee applies which covers all necessary vet care to include: spay or neuter (mandatory - no exceptions), rabies, micro-chipping and registration, all vaccinations (including all puppy shots, rabies, adult boosters and Bordatella), grooming, Frontline for flea/tick preventative, heartworm check if age appropriate and preventative, collar and 50% of basic training classes.
We always try and answer all emails within 24 hours. All of our young and adult dogs require a 2 week home visit before finalizing the adoption process. This is to help ensure it is a good match for all involved without making a final commitment. An adoption fee is charged for Onyx’s adoption. Puppies are not available to go on home visits. All of our rescues are in private homes and not available to be visited outside of showing times.
Please don’t be tempted to adopt Onyx on an impulse. You should take the time to carefully consider the long term commitment, expense, and passion it takes to give her the home that she deserves. She’ll reward you with unbounded love and devotion, but you must be committed and serious about your decision to bring her into your life. Remember, this is an adoption, not a sale, and we’re very serious about making sure that both you and Onyx are a good match for each other.
All DogsOnly foster homes work with our rescues to ensure they are crate trained and most are also housetrained. Few of the DogsOnly fosters have cats in their homes so we can only make our best guess as to how our rescues would do with cats. We rescue from high kill shelters and once accepted into our program, none of our rescues are euthanized. We provide for all their vet care, socialization and training until an appropriate home can be found.
DogsOnly relies solely on donations and is a 501(c)3 Humane Society. Our mission is to rescue dogs that most other groups are not interested in due to their size, breed, age, health or other various reasons, and to provide education resources for dog owners and those with an interest in the wellbeing of dogs. DogsOnly believes that no dog should be left behind.
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