by Lee Juslin
Ziggy and Elly are two-year-old Westies, sisters from the same litter. They are a bonded pair that came to Sunshine State Westie Rescue (SSWR) in Florida as owner turn-ins. Due to family issues, the owner felt she didn’t have enough time to spend with these girls. Because they are a bonded pair, SSWR wants to place them together. They need a single person, couple, or family that has patience and is willing to finish the Westies’ training and socialization as both are quite shy.
Neither dog has any health issues. They have been spayed, and both are up to date on their shots and vaccinations. Elly is doing well at the foster home and is coming out of her shell. However, she will need more help in continuing to build her confidence. Ziggy is still nervous and flinches at loud noises or sudden movements. She sometimes hides under a bed when she is scared. SSWR is confident that with the right help, Ziggy will gain confidence, but she needs to do so on her own terms and at her own pace. The rescue volunteers are encouraged by her progress so far as she has learned to cuddle and give kisses with her foster mom. “But with Ziggy, you really have to wait and let her come to you,” said Aggie of SSWR.
The girls enjoy walks but will jump and shy away from loud vehicles like trucks and motorcycles. They need a fenced in yard to play in and explore, and since their training is not yet complete, they need to go out often. Ellie and Ziggy are not aggressive and want to learn, but their uncertainty and fear make the training process slower than it would normally be. They would benefit from an owner with Westie or Terrier experience, and one who has time and patience to work with them. SSWR feels that young children would be overwhelming for these two Westies, and it isn’t known how they would be with cats.
If you would like to learn more about Ziggy and Ellie or their pals at SSWR, volunteer to be a foster parent for SSWR or make a much needed donation to SSWR, view their website or their FB page.
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