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    Layla 3

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    Entered: 09/16/2017
    Status: On Hold
    Age: 5; Born 06/27/2012
    Color: Liver/White
    Weight: 40 lbs.
    Gender: Altered Female
    Location: Spring Grove, PA
    Health: UTD, HW-, Lyme+ and receiving treatment, receiving treatment for hookworms, whipworms, and
    Health Cont.: conjunctivitis
    Temperament: Good with adults, successfully met children as young as 10 and reportedly lived with young ones,
    Temp. Cont.: good with other dogs, showed interest but no aggression when introduced to a cat

    Layla 3's Story . . .

    Original:  “She likes to run after the Frisbee with the resident Springer, and they sometimes run together in the yard and flip up each other’s ears when first engaging in play. So cute!”

    Layla and her two Springer brothers previously lived in West Virginia with her family who faced losing their home. A local shelter was contacted to help find the dogs a good home and the shelter reached out to MAESSR to ensure that all three pups would find new forever families.
    A true Velcro Springer, Layla’s greatest need is just to be near her people. She flourishes when receiving attention. She follows her foster mom all around the house, settling down nicely whenever her mom finally sits still!
    Layla loves riding in the car and was a very good girl at the vet. She was pleasant and cooperative with all of the staff. All of Layla’s vaccines have been updated. It was discovered that she was Lyme positive and is receiving treatment for that was well as for hookworms, whipworms, and conjunctivitis.  She’s very cooperative when the eye drops are inserted.
    Layla has not shown any signs of aggression and gets along very well with the resident Springer and every dog she has encountered. She was introduced to a cat while at the vet’s office and, while she showed interest in smelling the cat, she was not aggressive nor made any attempt to chase it. She was a perfect lady when meeting the neighbors’ 10 and 12 year old children, but has not yet been introduced to any young children.

    She loves going for walks and does not pull; she just needs a little more “practice” in being conscious of where her human is so her feet don’t get stepped on! Her previous family reported that she loves to swim and this seems evident as she always wants to walk in the fish pond whenever she is outside!

    This good girl is housetrained and had only one accident in her first week, which her foster mom believes was caused by her medication for fecal worms. She has not yet started to signal when she has to go outside to go potty, but visits the yard every time the resident Springer needs to go out…and always obliges! Layla is comfortable in a crate when her foster parents are at work and also rides comfortably in a crate in the car. Her foster mom is pretty confident that it’s not necessary for Layla to be in a crate at all when she is not home, but is just being cautious until she is confident the relationship between Layla and the resident Springer is safe. It’s important to note that there hasn’t been anything worrisome….just a little soft growling when competing for Mom’s attention. Layla and the resident Springer are very comfortable together and play very well together. At night time, Layla sleeps uncrated in the sunroom with the resident Springer where she sleeps quietly. She is very excited when morning comes and she gets to see her people again!

    Layla does not counter-surf, does not get in garbage cans, and does not beg. She does occasionally have a notion to steal a drink out of the toilet, but fully understands the word “no” when she hears it. Occasionally Layla does want to jump up on the furniture, and is learning the word “off”. She understands the command “sit” very well and is quickly learning “down” and “wait.” Her previously family reported that she was afraid of fireworks, thunderstorms, and gunshots. Her foster family has not experienced any of these three circumstances to confirm personally, but a recent attempt to introduce her to “clicker” training quickly confirmed that she is afraid of the clicker noise. Her foster mom is working on noise sensitivity training at this time. A recent visit to the pet store showed just a bit of timidity, but her foster family believes this can be corrected with more field trips and social functions and will work on this in the next few weeks.

    Layla did not mind having her mouth and teeth checked, her ears examined, and feet touched by her foster mom; but the experience at the groomer was pretty scary for her. Her mom suspects it was her first time at a groomer. She was fine for the bath, but didn’t like having her toe nails cut or ears examined. Because the groomer didn’t know her and Layla had an unhappy look on her face, the groomer chose to use a muzzle as a precaution…and Layla really didn’t like that!  Also, the fan that was blowing her dry while she was in her crate made her shake. So all in all, this wasn’t a wonderful spa day for her. In time, maybe she’ll come to enjoy it.

    Layla does not resource guard and does like playing occasionally with dog toys…when the resident Springer is playing throw, fetch, and tug. She likes to run after the Frisbee with the resident Springer, and they sometimes run together in the yard and flip up each other’s ears when first engaging in play. So cute!  She also is very content to just lie at her humans’ feet or outside the shower door when they are getting ready for work! She doesn’t want to lose sight of her people!
    She is still learning that the time to eat is when the dish is first placed on the floor. Layla is always interested in training treats – just not nearly as interested in her kibble – and always thinks the resident Springer has something better in her dish! For the moment, she is fed separately from her canine pal so she can concentrate better on the task at hand. She is an avid water drinker and needs a towel kept close by to wipe up the dribbles she leaves several feet away from her bowl!

    This little girl is such a love bug, well-rounded, and very well mannered. She will fit easily into a home with people who have time to share the love and attention she deserves.