AKA Shirley Luna, Houdini, Bubs, Miss Shirley Luna
3 years | Husky/Border Collie X | Black and White Coat | House trained | Dog Selective | High Energy | Good with respectful Children 13+ | Great Leash Manners | No Cats | FLIGHT RISK | NOT an off leash dog | Apartments or homes wih 5ft fencing preferred |
***We know this face is very sweet and gentle, but Miss Shirley is looking for a home where she can have her space respected as she is a very anxious dog and takes time to warm up to people. Please read his bio completely before applying or considering adoption.***
Meet Shirley, this gentle face may fool you as she is a trouble maker!
Shirley was born and raised in rural Manitoba, which means, FREEDOM! Shirley will find any opportunity to gain her sense of freedom at any given chance. She has successfully escaped the shelter which she came to us from and was on the run for 3 weeks before she was found and despite all of the best precautions, successfully ran off from her foster home and played the ultimate game of hide and seek throughout the town for over 8hrs. So PLEASE keep in mind that she must be monitored/supervised/leashed at ALL times. In her foster home, there is a baby gate blocking her way to the front door in case someone comes by, as this is how she ran away. Even if you think you can catch her on time, she WILL wiggle her way out. She is a true escape artist. We must emphasize on this, as this is our main concern with this little Miss.
A strict and structured home is what is needed for this little Shirley. She must be given very concrete rules, and she will follow them. She may test your boundaries a bit as she gets more comfortable, but she will back off once corrected. As she was used to being outdoors at all times before coming into care, she will often do her little dance and nose boops to let you know that she wants to be outside.
Shirley is a VERY anxious dog. She needs her time and space to gain confidence and gain others trust. If you push her, she will push back (snap). Space, time and patience is key with Shirley. Her level of anxiety varies day by day. Some days she will seem more fearless, and other days her own farts will spook her. If something scares Shirley, allow her to step away from the situation, and once she settles, she will come back to her bed or wherever she was.
Shirley is very routine oriented. She knows that she eats and sleeps in her crate. It was a tough one to train as she was terrified of the crate but she now uses it even on her own when she is overwhelmed or scared. Also keep in mind that Shirley grew up fending for herself and as a result feels vulnerable when eating or drinking. Crate training has given Shirley a safe space where she can feel comfortable eating/drinking usually once everyone is gone. She doesn't drink water often throughout the day, she will only drink in her crate even though foster mom has water dishes laying out everywhere for her, she will only drink water in her crate or on her swims. Shirley and her foster mom are working on improving this! So far no success but they are still trying!
Regarding her eating habits; she may not take treats from your hand right away. Eventually she will take one and if you try for another, she most likely will not take it. If she is not hungry, she will leave the treat where it is and will eat it when she is hungry. For food, right now she is feed 3 cups a day (1.5 morning, 1.5 night), does she eat all 3 cups? Not every day, no. Some days she will barely eat, and other days she will eat everything offered. As mentioned before, she is crate trained and automatically goes to her crate when her food dish is being prepared for her.
Shirley would be best fitted in a home with a VERY active adoptee(s). She absolutely loves long walks and is obsessed with swimming. While in her foster home, she is very fortunate to be close to water and gets to swim every day, sometimes twice or three times a day. You can take Shirley out for an hour walk and she will look at you like "what's next'?. Once she knows the route home by heart, she will pull away when it is time to turn the corner to get home, giving you those puppy dough eyes saying ‘’Pleasee! Just 5 more minutes!’’. With all of this being said, the ideal adoptee should be an active person or couple, that will be able to provide Shirley with that sense of freedom and adventure she craves.
Any chance her foster mom can, she takes her on long hikes. Shirley loves every second of this! She can tolerate lengthy and challenging hikes. It is essential that on these hikes that she gets a chance to swim as she gets warm and may over heat. As she won’t drink from anywhere but her crate, going for swims will also give her the chance to drink some water to keep her hydrated on these walks/hikes.
Shirley is very good on leash, she is double leashed (one long lead for swimming and a slip leash). She will stay on your right side and rarely pulls. If she gets excited, she will pull very little but nothing out of hand. Her foster mom will use the slip leash to correct her and she will be back at heel within seconds.
Shirley loves car rides but is not a big fan of getting in a vehicle. Her foster mom had to carry her in until Shirley decided to try for herself. She still needs assistance to get in, and on other days she needs you to fully carry her, but she LOVES car rides.
She is a very independent dog and is not much of a cuddler. She definitely enjoys having her nose scratched, and will be okay (once you’ve gained her trust) with some cuddles, but apart from that is true to her breed and is not the one to seek out constant love and affection.
Shirley is very prey driven. If you have any other pets, she is not your gal. She is okay with other dogs but entirely on her own terms. You can not force her to approach other dogs as she will tuck her tail, be afraid and show her teeth, not out of being mean, simply because she is afraid. If you are someone with another dog; a mature, calm and independent dog may be best. If a puppy or hyper dog approaches her, she will get spooked and will attempt to run away. She has on occasions been excited to see another dog. At these times, that is when you will see her husky side as she will sing/howl a bit.
We have to emphasize on her anxiety; patience is a virtue in Shirley’s case. It took her 6 months to adjust to the staff members at the kennel and then 1.5 months to adjust to her foster mom, but still till this day will have trust issues with her. So yes, she transition period does shorten as she gains her self-confidence but it will still regardless be a lengthy journey. One step at a time. Her foster mom thinks that for her to be at least 80% comfortable in her new home, it would be approximately a 6 months challenge. Shirley is starting to show her playful self to her foster mom, especially on big hikes, she will not be able to contain her happiness and shows her appreciation with zoomies! These moments are SO rewarding and heart warming to see as this shows you, she is getting comfortable!
Congratulations! You have made it to the end! If you are a very active, outdoorsy, independent and patient individual, then Shirley may be your new family member!