Norah has been adopted.
A note from Norah’s current foster family:
Norah came to us once her puppies were weaned around the 7 week mark. From the moment she came to us, she has been a joy to have around. She is extremely social, affectionate and playful. She loves all toys (particularly antlers, balls, and kongs) and is happy to play either with us or by herself, throwing the toy around and bounding after it like a puppy.
Norah is a wonderful houseguest. She is quiet and clean. It took only a couple of days to get Norah housetrained; she had a couple of accidents within the first 3 days, and then only one more within 2 weeks. We give her full access to our home when we are home, but we have crated her when leaving the house, (mainly because Norah went back into heat when we got her and we had two other male dogs around who found her irresistible). Norah likes her crate and is very calm and relaxed in it. Overnight, she has slept quietly and calmly from the first night in a dog bed in our bedroom. She has never tried to jump up on our bed. We have allowed her up on the couch to cuddle with us, however, and she absolutely loves being beside you, even crawling onto your lap for attention and petting.
Norah loves to be brushed and groomed. Perhaps because of the season change to Spring or the hormonal changes associated with her recent litter, Norah has been shedding a lot over the last few weeks and her coat has changed dramatically from a bushy, fluffy winter coat to a glossy, more wiry, lighter coat.
She has gotten along very well with all the dogs we have introduced her to. She has not shown any food or toy possessiveness and seems to be happy to share. We have never been afraid to put our hands in or around her mouth.
Norah would do well in a home with another medium to large dog for company, or on her own. A home with no cats or very small dogs would be best as her prey drive is quite high. We are still working on getting her to ignore the squirrels, bunnies and cats we see on our walks. The progress is slow but with consistency and a disciplined approach, we are confident that this is trainable. However, it will likely be some time before this formerly outdoor dog can be trusted off leash. On the leash, she has shown marked improvement, but still has a tendency to pull, particularly when she sees small dogs.
Norah is a very intelligent dog and has a medium to high level of energy. For this reason, it will be important for Norah to find an active family who can commit to long daily walks and activities with her.