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Washington’s Adoptable Pets of the Week: August 21, 2015

Looking for a furry friend? One of these cuties—all available at Washington-area rescues—might be your match.

Nicki Minaj came into the shelter as a stray. She is an approximately one-year-old Coonhound-mix; medium-size and medium-energy. Nicki Minaj is an easy-going, happy and affectionate girl. She is currently living with a foster family that has another dog and they get along very well. On occasion, Nicki will attend daycare with her foster brother where she takes cues very well from the other dogs. She is also friendly towards children. Nicki’s favorite activities are snuggling, cuddling, giving hugs, and sniffing. She is equally content wandering around the park or lazing around the house. Nicki is also house-trained in her foster home but like most rescues may need a refresher when going to her forever home. She is very eager to please and will be easy to train. To find out more about Nicki, please visit the Rural Dog Rescue website.

Lil Kim is a Chihuahua-mix who is about five years old. She loves to cuddle and meet new people. Lil Kim is a snuggler and a lap dog who will fall asleep in your arms if you let her. She is still getting used to her crate and walking on a leash but is improving every day. She has enough energy for some good play time and two walks a day. But if she isn’t playing or looking for affection, she’s snoozing. She is defensive around other dogs (especially bigger ones) so she most likely needs to go to a home where she can be the only dog. She also loves being around people more than anything, so her ideal family would be one that is home often. She is pretty good with small children, but untested with cats. If you’re looking for a very loving and playful dog, Lil Kim could be the one for you. To find out more about her, please visit the Rural Dog Rescue website.

Bonzo is an affectionate, two-year-old Plott hound, who’s fully grown at about 50 pounds. He is a sweet and happy dog who loves people and other dogs. He sits on command, is house trained, and he absolutely loves walks. He is well socialized, smart, and eager to please. Bonzo is highly trainable and will need a small amount of work to learn to contain his enthusiasm while on the leash and not to jump when excited. Bonzo will do best with a family willing to giving him attention and plenty of exercise. He is extremely loyal and will make it worth your while to invest a small amount of time into him. Meet him through K-9 Lifesavers.

This is Titan, a wonderful ambassador of the Shar Pei breed. Some historians believe the breed may go as far back as 206 BCE when they worked alongside farmers in China. Today they’re still wonderful as both working dogs and family dogs, and known to be loyal, playful, super smart, and devoted. Titan is no different, although he can be a little shy at first. He’s a little over a year old and about 38 pounds. He’s already housebroken and learning all the basic commands. He loves tennis balls, walks great on a leash, and he’s learning that people are awesome, but he’s happiest when he’s quietly hanging out with his own people. He’d like to be the only animal in the house so he can have plenty of quiet time and attention to himself. Shar Peis make excellent companions. Meet Titan through K-9 Lifesavers and let him convince you.

Pippa is a friendly, wiggly, one-year-old girl who loves attention. She is always ready for action and eager to engage with people. She enjoys playing fetch and tug, and will curl up in your lap with her favorite chew toy of the moment. Pippa also loves taking long walks but would prefer to skip the dog parks. She is learning a lot (including how to sit and give a paw) from the staff and volunteers at the Washington Animal Rescue League and she yearns for a cat-free home where her family will continue her training and of course give her lots of love and tasty treats. Stop by WARL and meet Pippa soon.

Sweet Caroline, an American bulldog-mix, arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League from an overcrowded partner shelter along with her puppy, who was recently adopted. At just a year old, she’s a friendly, goofy girl, who loves people and gets along with other dogs, although her exuberant play style may not endear her to all other canines (and may be too much for small children). A nurturing mother, Sweet Caroline is now looking for a loving adult home where she can be pampered and enjoy years of good times with her human companion. Stop by the Washington Animal Rescue League to meet her soon.

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