My name is Hazel (#3483). My foster dad calls me Hazelnut. He says I do some “nutty” things. (Whatever that means!) I am about seven-years old and weigh 64 pounds. I had a bit of a rough start in the USA: My first foster mom had two cats and a chihuahua and, much like squirrels, they were just the right size to chase around her house. Anyway, I was sent to my foster dad’s house to live with him and his Golden Retriever, Eli. I went after Eli once and, let’s just say, foster dad was none too happy with me. I don’t know why I snapped – maybe my teeth were hurting me or the salve that dad was putting on my hot spots stung my back – but I took it out on poor Eli. (Like I said I have had a rough start in the USA.)
Life has gotten progressively better since the Eli incident. He and I have an understanding now. Foster dad takes us to the park every day for a nice long walk. He throws a ball for Eli and a wonderful purple toy for me to chase. I don’t get to be off leash like Eli does but I still have fun and there are lots of squirrels to watch in the park. Sometimes some of foster dad’s friends are at the park with their canine companions; that’s usually fun but sometimes I get anxious if there are too many dogs so dad takes me for a walk away from the rest of them. I am okay around one or two other dogs, but prefer females. Foster dad says that I am not a candidate for a doggie day care or a dog park, at least not now.
I started out spending the night in a crate but then I decided that I didn’t like that so I raised a little fuss and foster dad started letting me sleep closed in the kitchen and that was okay. Food and affection are what I love the most about becoming an American dog. I never had either in China! Foster dad says that I am a pretty sweet girl and that he is proud of all I have accomplished living with him and Eli. He wants me to have the best forever home possible where I can continue getting lots of affection and treats. (I can tell he really does love me!)
Hazel was adopted July 17, 2021