Age: 1 Year Old
Weight: 35 lbs.
Well hello there! My name is Jelly, and I am a small basset mix. I was picked up as a stay in rural Texas where I was likely dumped with two of my siblings. I am about a year old but due to not previously having a stable home to guide me, I am very much still a pup in need of training. If you are up to the task, keep reading to find out more!
I am an energetic young lady and would do best with an active canine playmate who could show me the ropes and help me burn energy-so I don't use it for naughtiness! Foster mom thinks I could be mixed with Jack Russel Terrier as I am a go-getter! I love to chase yard critters and can run fast. While I love for my furry foster siblings to play, I can be independent as well. Despite my prey drive outdoors, when I was previously fostered with an elderly cat and foster kittens, I never gave my mom any reason to worry.
I do not know the difference between my toys or kids toys, or books, glasses, shoes, etc. So I would do best in a home were valuables are kept out of reach and toys are a plenty. I will need some positive reinforcement on what is mine and I love bones, antlers, chews, and playing fetch with stuffies! Because I might chew things I shouldn't if left unattended, foster mom does crate me if she leaves. I am not a huge fan but will begrudgingly enter my crate for a sprinkling of treats. I am definitely food motivated, as is often the case with basset hounds. She also provides me with ways to stay busy-like a frozen Kong filled with peanut butter or Greek yogurt, so I forget to be mad about the situation.
I really must have a securely fenced yard so I can burn energy while also being safe. One time I slipped out the front door too, so I really need a responsible family that will be aware and keep me safe. I have been loving kids and love to lick faces. I have lived in a few foster environments between Wisconsin and Texas and got along well with all of the moms and children. I have not lived with men during my time in foster but I did well with the ones I have met, after a bit of initial apprehension. I have been able to meet male doctors and vet techs, neighbors and relatives of my foster homes. I have also been able to meet men and woman out at public events without issue. Treats particularly help speed up the acceptance process! However, I was briefly adopted out to a family that later reported I did not care for the boyfriend that would visit, going so far as to growl and even nip at him. Because no one in my three foster homes have seen this behavior, all we can really do is share what we know. So it is possible I may need work in the future learning to trust the men in my life.
As mentioned, I am a very puppy like little lady, and I am still in need of a bit of housetraining to get it down 100%. I would also benefit from basic obedience to get some structure in my life after all the changes. I am so smart and totally treat motivated! I am not on the go all of the time however, I can be lovey and snuggly as well. I have the perfect, soft tummy that was meant for belly rubs and I like to sleep near my foster mom at night. Over all, I am a really adorable little mix that loves life, and with the right amount of effort into raising me, someone will be so lucky to add me to their family. If that family should be yours, please fill out the application under the Adoption heading to get the ball rolling. While you wait to hear from a volunteer, you can find out more information in the Adoption section about what comes next and things you should know. Can't wait to meet you! -Love, Jelly