Betty Boop is in a foster home during the week and can meet you at the adoption center on Saturday.
If you are interested in adopting her please see our “How to Adopt” section.
We're prejudiced, because Betty Boop is our foster, but we think Betty is a little doll. She is affectionate, cheerful, and playful, a far cry from when we got her, when she just wanted to cower in the back of her crate. Whatever went on in Betty's old life, she has moved past it and is embracing her new life. Betty has fit in perfectly with our "pack," which consists of 4 other dogs, including two other min pin blends who are a little larger than Betty. She gets on fine with other dogs, including much larger dogs, such as our granddog Justice, a bull terrier. However, she is much more oriented toward humans, so she would probably also be fine as an only dog, as long as her humans are good snugglers. (Betty told me that snuggling is the most important thing she wants in her forever home.)
Betty is crate-trained and LOVES her crate. She is usually in her crate only when we are away, but occasionally she goes into her crate when things are hectic around our home. Our routine in the morning, as we get ready to go to work, is to ask her to go to her crate, and when she is in it, reward her with a Dentastick or other treat. She goes FLYING into her crate and somehow she almost always manages to close the door of her crate on her way in! The crate is a safe place for Betty, and she would probably like to have one in her forever home. When we first had her, Betty was not quite as happy about the crate when we were not home, but we have solved that by putting some bedding with our (human) scent in her crate, and this has really helped her to do well in the crate.
Betty is pretty much housebroken, but just not quite perfect. It took us a while to recognize her signal that she wanted to go out. To be fair, I think she has developed her signal over time. Right now it is hard to miss. When she wants to go out, she starts yipping and spinning in circles. So as long as we catch the signal, we are good. When Betty wants to poop (including when going for walks on the leash) she also spins - she's a windmill pooping machine. Okay, basically, any time Betty gets excited, she yips and spins.
Betty walks well on a leash and really enjoys taking her humans for walks. She routinely takes us for 3 mile walks "around the block" and she keeps up with our slightly larger dogs and us. (Note: Betty's neck is actually a little bigger than her head, which means that a slip collar or "martingale" collar is essential. She can easily back out of a standard collar.)
Betty has taken it upon herself to protect our house from squirrels and chipmunks. She loves to sit on our window seat and look out the window to make sure that squirrels and chipmunks do not get near the house. Her concentration is intense. I think she knows she is doing something very important.
At night, Betty likes to sleep snuggled up against one or the other of us, under the covers. Her snuggles are very calming (for her and for us).
If we did not have 4 other dogs, we'd adopt Betty in a heartbeat. She's a perfect member of our household. We're attached to her, and she's attached to us. However, that would mean that we could no longer foster and we're really committed to fostering, which allows us to help many dogs, one at a time. Betty is ready for a forever home, and deserves a great one. A few potential adopters have been put off by Betty's attachment to us (we volunteer at APRA on Saturdays). However, we believe that she will very quickly form attachments with her new parents in her forever home. The fact that she is attached to us (for now) shows that she is able to form secure attachments; this is a good thing. Yes, we will be sad when she leaves us, but our job as foster parents is to prepare her for her forever home, and we will be happy for her when she finds it.
Betty is a great little dog waiting for a great forever home. Because she's a little brown dog, and still a little on the shy side, people tend not to notice her at APRA. If you can provide a great forever home (snuggling is a MUST), please look for her when you come in to APRA. You'll be happy you did!