Aly came to us from a shelter as an owner surrender. Unfortunately, we do not have any history on Aly. She was very frightened and not familiar with the “normal” surroundings and activities of being a part of a family and household. She is underweight and needs to gain some weight before being spayed which is scheduled at the end of April.
Pearl is 2 years old, healthy, spayed, up to date on shots and heartworm negative. She is a smaller girl at 33 pounds. She loves toys and affection, is becoming comfortable with a leash, is house trained and crate trained. Like any young border collie she needs daily exercise for both her body and mind, but she has an excellent “off” switch for down time in the house. She is good with dogs, not trustworthy with cats. She doesn’t, at this point, enjoy rides in the car or walks in busy places. Hopefully those two pleasures could be developed.
Aly is very sweet, playful dog and is full of personality. She loves being around her foster sister, Aly follows her around and learns from her. Aly would do best in a home with another dog. Aly has high energy when she first wakes up in the morning but after breakfast and a little bit of playtime she settles right down. Aly enjoys playing outside several times a day and loves long walks in the neighborhood or at a local park through wooded trails. This amount of activity seems to be sufficient exercise for her. She enjoys the frisbee and balls thrown but has not quite mastered catching a toy or bringing it back to you. She has not shown any herding activity. She gets tired in the evening and is ready for bed around 9pm and at times will put herself to bed in her crate. She sleeps through the night in her crate or in the bedroom without any difficulty and will wake around 5:30-7am.
Aly is now leash trained, does not pull and knows commands “sit” and “lay down”. She is working on her “stay” command in lengthening her time. She continues to work on recall obedience. However, with a second dog in the home she sticks close by that dog and her foster family and has maintained off leash activity in the backyard without a fence. She is housebroken, crate trained, and travels well in the car. Aly has not shown any aggression towards people or children. However, she will “hockey check” you when she gets excited so at this time she would do well in a home with no small children. She does exhibit some resource guarding. She needs to be supervised just as any other puppy would. She does not chew on furniture but if there is an item of interest laying around she feels it is fair game. She will need continued training. She has not been around any cats so we are unsure of her reaction to them. She does not seem thunder phobic. She is still somewhat fearful of new situations, sudden movements, and loud noises.