Do you have room in your heart and room in your home for a truly fun and unique dog? Do you love to be active, playful, and outdoorsy? Do you enjoy interacting with smart and creative canines? Do you see how beautiful I am???
My name is Mica, like the beautiful rock that is shiny and so much fun to handle. I am 11 years old, and female. I am healthy, in great physical shape, and need no special medicines or medical care. I am an unusual color for a malinois: brindle with a lot of black overlay. I am a little gray in my face, but that’s the only way you’d know I’m not a pup!
My story was sad: I had a family but it seems like only the dad liked me. The mom had a small dog (a yorkie) and no one taught me how to be good around a little fast-moving animal like that. I got tied up outside in the back yard and that’s where I lived. My whole life, tied up or, if the weather got really bad, I got put in a crate on the back porch. I don’t like crates much any more. When my family decided to move, they dropped me off at a shelter. ABMC got involved and now I live in a HOUSE with a foster family in upstate New York.
In the house, I am a real gem! I settle nicely, NEVER have housebreaking accidents, and get along great with all my malinois dog foster-sisters. I can be left loose in the house, uncrated, and I behave beautifully, even when my foster family isn’t home. I do not chew or destroy things, and I respect the limits those silly humans set. I stopped getting on the furniture when they asked me nicely. I am happy to just hang out, snooze on dog beds, and chew bones. When I need to potty, I dance around near the door, and if the silly humans are too slow to respond, I bark at them and run to the door. They are learning.
Outside I love to run and I love to chase things. This is my blessing and my curse. I love to chase ANYTHING that moves, includes cars and especially big loud trucks. My humans use a leash to keep me safe. I prefer playing tug to fetch, and haven’t learned how to swim yet, but I’m not scared of the water. In fact, I’m not scared of anything. I love new experiences, new people, new dogs (big ones), and running. I run with a pretty, prancing gait, and hold my tail high and smile. I am fantastic out in the woods, happy to stay close to my foster mom and stay with the other dogs. I respond well to “let’s go!” which means quit sniffing around or digging for a chipmunk and head down the trail. Mom and I hiked with the forest ranger, and the ranger thought I was a great dog!
I am still working on basic commands. I can sit but “come,” “down,” and “stay” are a little harder for me. I love treats, and am delighted to try to be good if you have a handful of something yummy.
All that chasing means I have a very high prey drive. I need a home where this could be managed with a smile: I need humans to understand me and help me stay safe while I burn up my 11 years of pent up energy, and finally get to become the dog I always knew I could be. I am spunky, fun, energetic, and adventurous. I could do sports and even learn to do work if I had a family that would teach me. I have so much potential it makes my foster mom and dad cry to think of me in my prime, bored and miserable tied up and ignored. Well, I am NOT ignored now and I am ready to have fun! I promise I will make you laugh with my prancing and dancing and make you cry when I snuggle in and let you pet me for the first time. I am sweet and spicy, strong and beautiful, and so NOT ready to retire. Help me show you what a fantastic idea a senior malinois can be!
Please write to me soon!