Adopted! August 7, 2013








TwiggySHM_marthaTwiggy is about a year and a half old. She is 35 pound, Italian Greyhound/Terrier mix. She was found and taken to the City of Cleveland Kennel and then transferred to our rescue. She is up to date on shots and spayed. She was emaciated down to her skin and bones when we got her and her foster mom did a great job putting weight on her. We quickly placed her into a foster home so she could relax and gain weight while learning about her new life. Twiggy will need a home that can provide her with lots of exercise and consistency, a training program is recommended for any young, active dog. Twiggy is not cat-friendly and should not live in a home with cats. She does not do well with little dogs smaller than her. She is crate trained, housebroken and looking for a forever home.

Twiggy has been here since Nov.26th, and is starting to relax a little. She barely ate anything the first 3 days, but then decided she was ready. She perked up and began to play as well. Now that she’s feeling better, she has decided to be slightly over-enthusiastic about the cats, so she is working on learning some self control. She wears a leash right now in case she needs to be separated quickly from a feline companion. She doesn’t appear to have any training, and is picking up potty training from the other dogs very quickly. Twiggy is extremely underweight, but is really eating well now. Her anxiety causes her to be a little uptight around new dogs, but she relaxes a little more each day. She doesn’t really like going in her crate, but she has already gone from having to be put in the crate to going in on her own for a reward. She cries when I leave, but I think is learning to be calmer from the other dogs. She is madly in love with my dog, Railroad Rex, and he appears to feel the same. They snuggle and clean each others ears. Twiggy likes to be in the same room as me, and seems concerned about letting me out of her sight, but has enough confidence to not be on top of me. I think she would do fine with other dogs in a family, as well as being an “only child.” She’s a very sweet little dog, and would be good with kids with a little training. I can do anything to her (pill her, take her temperature, clean ears, give shots, etc.), she’s very cooperative. I think she would really benefit from walks, but hasn’t gotten to try that yet because she’s recovering from kennel cough. It’s going to be fun to see her gaining weight and confidence, and learning to be loved. Twiggy is not good with cats and I recommend a cat-free home.

UPDATE 5/28/13: Twiggy was placed in a home with 2 kids, 2 female adults and 1 male adult. Within her first week she escaped from fear and ran away. We were able to help the family get her home and then they had her trained on an invisible fence to keep her contained. Twiggy has some fear issues associated with men – she started showing protective behaviors toward the kids when the Dad in the household would come near the kids. After many training sessions and no explanation of why this behavior was happening the family chose to return Twiggy to us. 

We are not a traditional shelter, we are a cage-free facility. All dogs are temperament tested and must get along with other dogs to stay here. Appointments must be made in advance to meet our Secondhand Mutts. Please call 216-664-9660 or to set up a time. We are closed on Sundays. We prefer to adopt to local families but will consider long distance adoptions.

Dog Adoption Fee: $150 – I am microchipped!

Date Posted 11/26/12


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Our Adoptables Are
  • Socialized in a cage-free dog daycare environment
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Cat Tested (upon request)
  • Fostered in real homes
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Temperament tested
  • Veterinary Health Checked
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Distemper Vaccinated
  • Rabies Vaccinated
  • Bordetella Vaccinated
  • Heartworm Tested
  • Microchipped
  • Flea Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Groomed prior to adoption

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