Heidi and Hannah were found in an abandoned house in the mountains when they were about 2 months old. Many pet owners in Taiwan still lack the concept of spaying/neutering their pets, and oftentimes, after their dogs give birth, the owners would take the puppies (and sometimes even moms) and dump them in remote areas. We guessed what was the fate of Heidi and Hannah. One of the rescuers that has been working on TNR (Trap, Neuter/Spay, and Release) for the local stray population for more than 10 years noticed them and did not believe these puppies were born to these local strays.
Heidi is a bit shy in new environment, and would put her tail between her leg to try and figure out her new surroundings.
If you have a large family and one of the members’ travel often for work, thus not having regular interaction with Heidi, she might be a bit scared and hide from that family member. Once she starts to trust you, she turns into this warm, sweet little girl that loves to give kisses and asks for belly rubs. Her favorite activity is to play fetch with balls! When Heidi meets new friends (of the family) she will be a bit shy but if she sees that her family interacts well with these new people, she will relax herself. Once she relaxes, she will respond to these “new friends” if they call her to come to them. She would even let them pet her. However, she doesn’t like to be forced to interact. If she does not want to get close to someone, it’s best to let her be and give her the space. She will take the time to observe, make sure it’s safe for her to approach and interact. Heidi is not a fan of loud noise, vacuum cleaner or loud street noise make her uneasy. Her new family needs to take the time and patience to work with her to reduce her fear and to grow her confidence. This is what we call a very typical FMD (Formosan Mountain Dog) personality. She does not exhibit resource guarding behavior and is not a barker. Only when she gets excited playing with other dogs, would she let out a few barks.
If you are interested in Heidi, please fill out the adoption application. We will get back to you as soon as we can to share any additional information you would like to know about Heidi!