Louisa had a difficult time before arriving at the shelter. She was found living under the porch of a home where the owner had died months before. It took some coaxing and excellent work by a friend of the home's new owner, plus some help from our shelter "dog whisperer" volunteer, but Louisa was finally convinced to come out and join the happy dogs at the shelter. Now we are looking for just the right retirement home for this lovely girl.
Our best guess at her age is about 8 years old, though some of the cloudiness in her eyes could be caused by malnutrition and rough living, rather than old age. She is currently living in a foster home and has proven herself to be housetrained and crate trained - in fact, she loves to have a safe, cozy "den" that reminds her of her safe under-porch space, so providing her with a crate in a quiet corner as her "safe space" would be perfect.
She is very devoted to her foster mom and follows her everywhere - we anticipate she will transfer that devotion to her new person or family quickly. As long as she is with her person, she is enthusiastic about all sorts of adventures and is the first one to leap into the car to go bye bye. Her foster mom has taken her to a dog-friendly brewery, where Louisa happily curled up under foster mom's feet. She allows others to pet her, but is happiest feeling safe next to her own person. She is dog-selective, and politely shows her teeth if she prefers a dog not bother her - she's like a grand dame saying "be gone" to those who bore her. She tends to run away from cats - we don't know WHAT that's about! If only she could talk. She will tolerate attentions from small children but would prefer a home with adults and older children, if any.
Louisa needs to be an indoor dog. She is an escape artist and an expert digger (building her own home under a porch obviously taught her some mad skills). She does well outside with her foster mom, even off leash, and has great recall - but ONLY for her foster mom, she would not be easy to catch if she escaped without her person nearby. When you're out without her, let her relax in her cozy crate den in the house, and all will be well. Louisa does walk very well on leash, and about her only "bad" habit is that she "taps" you with her paw if she wants your attention - many find this behavior adorable, others find it obnoxious - those in the adorable camp will be her best friends!
All pets arrive spayed/neutered, dewormed, microchipped and vaccinated. Adoption fee is a suggested minimum of $50 (more gratefully accepted), or Senior for Senior - adopters over 65 may name their own adoption fee. All pets are placed with a 30-day money-back trial period, to give pet and family enough time to discover any unknown allergies or other conflicts.
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