~55 lbs born ~February 2014 crate trained housebroken

Meet Bagheera! With her jet black coat and panther like walk, the name only suits her! Bagheera is about 55lbs and won’t get any larger than that. She is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix and probably born sometime in 2014. She is an absolute lovebug and sweet as can be!

Rope toys Nylabones are Bagheera’s favorite. She will lay down and chew on those things forever. When Foster Mom comes home from a long day at work, Bagheera makes the craziest noises in her crate to welcome her. As soon as the crate is opened, she says her ‘hello’s’ and then grabs a toy and prances around with her prized possession; she’s just so happy to show off whatever she finds! If she can entice her dog friends with a good game of keep-away, she’ll run around or chase, whichever they prefer! The nice thing about Bagheera is that she tires out. Unlike some of those super high-energy dogs, she only gets spurts of spazziness and then wants to sleep. Daily exercise is certainly a good idea but she doesn’t require anything exceptional to keep her mellow-mannered. She lives with Cairo at the moment and he is quite the instigator when it comes to playing. When he’s not around, she’s a bump on a log.

If you’re looking for a water dog, Bagheera is your gal! Whether it be the river or a kiddie pool, she will happily jump in to cool off. If you’re an outdoorsy person, she would make a great hiking partner and she walks very well on a leash. Of course, keep in mind that her coat is black, so there needs to be ample shade when the temperature increases. She absolutely loves sniffing around and exploring. When meeting new pups, she can be a little awkward and isn’t quite sure how to handle a nose in her face or her tush and she does best with isolated interactions but does fine when passing on a leash. She is very food motivated and can be redirected easily with treats. If there are several dogs at once, she can get overwhelmed and isn’t sure how to react. Because of this, dog parks are not an exercise option for Bagheera. She would do best as an only dog or with a smaller dog(s). When larger dogs are around, it gets to be a competition, but she’s very friendly and gentle with the little guys; as mentioned previously, Cairo and her are great buddies!

When it comes time to eat or go on a walk, Bagheera gets SUPER excited! Well, it might be because Foster Dad makes a big deal about it… but it’s so stinking cute! When it comes time to go to sleep or to be put in her crate for the day, it just depends on what the other dogs are doing. You see, Bagheera has gotten a bit stubborn and has a ‘monkey-see, monkey-do’ mentality. So, if her foster brother Cairo runs into his crate, she does too! If there are no fosters to lead the way, she follows Rupert’s way… and Rupert gets the run of the house… Once she is in her crate, however, she minds her manners just fine. Whether you need her out of the way while you’re cleaning the house or down for the night, she may only whimper for a minute then settles down for the count. Bagheera is fully housebroken! A regular schedule is important since her ‘signal’ is to stand by the door and make absolutely no noise at all… and after a long night’s rest, she insists on eating breakfast before relieving herself… so don’t plan on her going outside before her belly is filled! She does go very well on a leash though, so a fenced in yard is not a requirement to adopt this beauty. Thankfully, Bagheera never makes a mess in her crate.

Despite her weight, Bagheera is a pretty compact dog. She’s a great size and a great energy level for someone who is looking for a companion but doesn’t have time to exercise one of the crazies. Even though she wants to be in the same room as you (she will literally follow you around the house, even if she is napping, she’ll get up to keep her eye on you), she doesn’t crave your attention until you offer it up. She finds a nice spot to lay down while you do whatever it is you need to, then on to the next task, like your little shadow. Once you meet this lovebug, you’ll want to keep her forever!

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