Kiya GH-1030

Kiya 1030


Are you an early riser? Is there someone in your household at home most of the time? Do you walk or jog every day? Do you have the experience, patience, and time to train a dog with strong prey instincts and a fixation on other dogs? If you answered “Yes” to all these questions, you may be the ideal home for Kiya. She is a seven-year-old Egyptian princess who endured an unusually long flight from Egypt to a better life.

Everyone who meets her describes her as “a real sweetheart”. She does however, have some “quirks” that need attention. She has been reluctant to make eye contact and engage with anyone, and has only recently started to learn what “play” is. Getting her attention when she is fixated on something else (people, wildlife and especially other dogs) has been challenging. She LOVES to be touched, petted, and scratched. She has been excellent with people (including a toddler). She does, however, seem to have a strong prey instinct; she fixates on birds, rabbits, squirrels, etc. She has snapped at smaller dogs (toy poodle size) possibly due to this prey instinct. Due to this, she may not be the ideal dog for a household with a cat. She was tested with a large dog (Bernese Mountain Dog) and she thoroughly enjoyed playing with him – but she played fairly roughly. Therefore any other dogs in the household may need to be her size or larger (Kiya weighs around 75 lbs).

Just a note – the small dog was a female and the larger dog was a male, so it may not be so much a “small dog” issue as an issue with other females. She also has some isolation issues – she does NOT like to be confined in a crate, and she has not reacted well to being left alone for more than short periods. Through training she is getting much better with being left alone, but so far it has only been for 3-4 hours. She walks beautifully on the leash, and LOVES her walks – even insists on them! Therefore, an owner who walks or jogs every day may be an excellent fit. She is “trainable” (she had some housebreaking issues, but they seem to have been overcome with training), but it will require an owner who is patient, dedicated, and consistent with her training. Because of this, an owner who has experience training dogs might be best.

If you are an approved adopter and are looking for a challenge, and meet the above criteria, contact Kiya’s foster mom at kubafisher@comcast.net. Kiya is being fostered in south central, PA.

If you are not yet approved by Goldheart, and are in our SERVICE AREA, please complete an adoption application at https://goldheart.org/adopting-a-golden/adoption-application/. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee that must be received before the approval process starts. The approval process can take several weeks since we rely on an all-volunteer support network to process your application, conduct the home visit, and check references. If approved, you can then inquire about Kiya if still available, and you can also inquire about any other available dog that is looking for a forever home. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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