State: Western NY
Age: 5 years
DOB: Unsure
Weight: 43 pounds
Sex: Female
Neut/UTD: yes/yes
Coat Color: fawn and white
Docked tail: Yes
Cropped Ears: No
Children under 4: No (no history)
Children over 4: Unsure
Seperation Anxiety: Unsure
Other dogs: Yes
Cats: Unsure
Crate trained: Yes
House Trained: Learning
Leash Trained:Unsure
Obedience Trained: No

12/26/2019 Ember is doing well. She’s still coming out of her shell but she’s making progress. She is so gets so excited in the morning when everyone wakes up. She bounces around and twirls a bit then wants a pat on the head and scratch on her neck before she goes out to do her business. Once back inside she leans in for a few pets before breakfast. She’s gained some much needed weight but could still gain a few pounds.

While she is shy when meeting new people she does warm up pretty quickly. She’s still too nervous to go to a busy home or home with younger kids where there’s a lot of movement/things going on.

Ember is now playing with toys and it’s adorable! She does her best downward dog yoga pose when she’s chewing on a toy. Other times she just prances around with it in her mouth. We are definitely seeing positive changes as she becomes more confident. She does get scared/nervous of things outside the norm but with time she will come around.

It was great to be able to spend her first Christmas out of the mill with her but she’s ready for a special family of her own!

11/24/19-?Ember has had a great week at her foster home. She’s eating great and putting on some much needed weight. Ember now looks forward to attention from humans she can still be shy (which is to be expected) but she comes up to me and wants her head/neck scratched and pet. When I scratch her favorite spot on the side of her neck her back leg starts moving and she starts leaning in. Typical boxer for sure!

Ember is a quiet girl. I wasn’t sure she barked until the other day when I got home from work she was so excited she let out a few barks. These are the kind of “firsts” that make me a bit teary eyed! From not trusting or having an attachment to any humans to be excited her human is home in under a week shows you how resilient dogs are. With the exception of the few barks I get when she’s happy to see me she hasn’t otherwise made a peep.

Ember’s crate is always clean and dry. We leave the crate door open so she can retreat to her safe spot if needed but she goes in herself less and less with each passing day. Ember has also learned to play with toys! It’s so fun to watch her throw a toy around. Of course as soon as I get my phone for a pic/video she stops playing.

She’s very good with the 3 dogs in her foster home including Stella a somewhat grumpy 8 year old Bulldog. Stella has the habit of grumbling if any dog gets in her space. When she does this Ember just looks at her like she’s nuts and walks away. Good girl!

Ember is looking forward to spending the holidays with her very own family. I always tell her she’s the sweetest and she’s going to make a lucky family very happy! More updates coming soon!

11/16/2019 We would like to introduce Ember! She arrived at her foster yesterday from Ohio. Ember (formerly Amber but that’s way too common a name) was a surrender from a Puppymill. At 5 years old she’s definitely had her fair share of litters and lined the millers pockets. Now that she is retired she was surrendered to a vet office that works tirelessly to get mill dogs into rescues. Ember has had a whirlwind few days. She spent a few days at the vet clinic where she was spay, heartworm tested, vaccinated etc. From the vet clinic she was transferred to NY with many other puppy mill dogs. I met her transport last night, she was a great passenger on our half hour ride home. She just curled up on her blanket and napped. 

Once she arrived at her foster she explored the yard, pottied outside (good girl!) and came in to explore the house a bit. She was offered food and water but was much too afraid to eat. This morning was a different story she ate all her breakfast and drank some water but I had to put everything in the crate with her. This is very typical of mill dogs most are overwhelmed the first few weeks by having freedom outside the 4 walls of their cage. 

Last night Ember went in her crate with a really big blanket. I’m sure she didn’t have such a thing previously. She knew just what to do.... she fluffed it to her liking spun a few times and was sound asleep a few minutes later. Not a peep out of her all night. Her crate was clean and dry this morning. She will need someone that can be a little patient as she adjusts to life outside of the mill. Everything is so new! For instance she slammed into the sliding glass door a few times last night, she’s never seen such a thing! She was a bit confused by the TV too.... imagine suddenly hearing humans talking on the wall! While the mill dogs need some patience while they adjust they are the most rewarding dogs to foster and adopt. Watching them learn to become loved family pets is so rewarding! More updates coming soon as we get to know Ember better.