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Name Sooki
Gender Female
Age 3 years old
Breed Bichon Frise
Weight 14lbs.
Dog Good with dogs
Cat Good with cats
Kids Okay after adjustment period
Crate-trained In Training
Housebroken In training
Leash Good on leash
Behavioral Shy at first, needs time to open up. Has separation anxiety.
Barker Only when left alone
Location Fostered in Oakland, CA
Additional Note Korea International program

Meet Sooki! Sooki is an adorable 3 year old Bichon Frise! She was rescued from a puppy mill in Korea, where she was used for breeding. She arrived from Korea pretty shell-shocked. It took her about 2 days to warm up to her foster family. Since then she has come out of her shell more and more every day. She now rolls onto her back for belly rubs, gives lots of kisses, wags her tail, and runs around the yard with joy. She is very affectionate and wants to be with her people all the time. She doesn’t know what to do with toys or a dog bed. She sleeps on her foster’s bed with them, or on the couch, or on the floor. She likes a good brushing, and stays clean, and doesn’t shed at all.

Sooki is amazingly resilient. She was born and spent her entire life in a cage. She had never been house trained, on a leash, introduced to people, or even in a home. In such a short time, she has made great progress to becoming a housedog. She is good with other dogs. She has met a cat and was quietly curious. She enjoys walks and is good on leash. She is still working on house training. (She will walk to the back door when she has to go out, but doesn’t know how to get attention to ask to go out.) She barks to ask to come in from outside, and doesn’t bark at the doorbell or other noises.

Sooki is still learning that the world is safe, and is still afraid of strangers. She trembles and shakes when someone comes into the house or she meets someone on the street. So she would do best in a quiet home without too many guests. She does have separation anxiety, and barks when alone, so she would thrive best with a retired person or couple, or someone who works from home. Her new family will need to understand that solving separation anxiety can be a long process. Sooki is patiently waiting!