Meet Sherpa - courtesy post
Sherpa is a 1-1/2 year-old Husky mix girl needing a new home. Here's what her family has to say about her (below). For more info and/or to apply to adopt Sherpa, contact Nick LaFarge: email@example.com
- Age: 1.5 years. Born approximately October 2019 in Indiana. We adopted her in January 2020 in Indianapolis from a shelter.
- Breed: Husky mix
- Health: Sherpa is very healthy, with no known issues. Up to date on all vaccinations, checkups, flea, heartworm, and tick prevention medicines.
Some things we love about Sherpa
- She is a terrific adventure buddy. She has amazing running endurance, and has easily run several 10ks already. She would love to find a running buddy who is able to take her even further! She loves hiking and enjoying all the smells, playing around in the snow, going for long walks, exploring rivers, etc. The more time outside the better! She loves trails, and makes for a great hiking buddy .We have even taken her car camping, and she slept nicely inside our tent - she could likely make for a great backpacking companion!
- She loves people. She is such a joy to play with, and loves meeting new people. She even loves going to the vet because everyone there treats her like the princess she is! She likes meeting people a few at a time, and can get a bit overwhelmed if there are too many new people at once.
- She is happy to hang out at home. Despite being a high-energy dog, she is pretty happy to snooze on her dog bed or at your feet for most of the day. Don’t expect her to snooze all day though - she needs daily stimulation and exercise! She is good about being left at home alone, and is not very destructive.
- She is sweet. She is a very sweet dog towards us. If you leave her alone at home for a bit, prepare for the warmest welcome home! Her greeting is just about the best way to come home. When she is allowed on furniture, she is very happy to jump up and snuggle on the couch or bed. You can go for a nap and she will hop on the bed and curl up right beside you. Though she doesn’t always appreciate hugs/contact - usually she wants to cuddle on her own terms, and she will let you know in no uncertain terms when she would like a belly rub.
Some things that Sherpa is working on
- Playing with other dogs: Sherpa used to go to the dog park and/or day care at least 3-4 times per week, and LOVED it. Never had any issues. However, since we recently moved to Colorado in March, she has developed some anxious/defensive tendencies around other dogs, especially small-medium sized ones. Furthermore, Sherpa does not like when off leash dogs run up to her when she is on-leash, and reacts defensively when that occurs. Sherpa will need some training before being reintroduced into an off-leash dog environment, however her current trainer is very optimistic that she can be reintroduced to dogs in the right setting. Given her recent anxiety around other dogs, extra steps will be needed if introducing her to a home with other pets.
- Loose leash walking: We typically walk sherpa with a harness and/or gentle leader. She is getting better at loose leash walking, but still needs many treats to motivate her without the gentle leader.
- Cats: Sherpa has trouble understanding that our cat does not want to play with her. She just can’t stop herself from chasing the cat at every opportunity. She would probably be best in a home without cats, though it may depend on the cat’s personality.
- Being off-leash: If given the opportunity, Sherpa will gladly follow her husky instincts and go off on a self-directed adventure around the neighborhood, exploring all the places and smells she doesn’t normally get access to. While she is certainly having fun, it is very difficult to get her back, and she needs a lot of work on her off-leash recall. For now, she needs to be on-leash at all times when outside, and a fenced yard is a must.
- Training: Sherpa attended puppy classes (until the pandemic began), 5 weeks of puppy school, and several individual sessions over the summer. She has been working with Jessie Harris at Training Wheels LLC for the past 5 weeks. Sherpa knows some basic commands (sit, down), targeting, and is working on come. She sleeps very well in a crate, but we are still working on her using a crate during the day. We are also working on teaching her how to settle down to better manage her energy throughout the day.
- Kids: We don’t really know how she is around kids. We have a 4 month baby and she has not displayed concerning behavior yet, but our baby isn’t crawling yet and we largely keep them separated. She has only met kids a couple times in the past, and they seemed to make her nervous. I don’t think a house with small kids would be a great fit for her
- Barking: Sherpa barks some, but usually only when triggered by something in particular (e.g. the doorbell). She sometimes will bark to get attention, but she has been doing better with that recently.
- Fears: She was a very fearful puppy, but she has made vast improvements. She is still anxious around items touching her (brush, nail clippers, etc), as well as brooms, mops, and shovels. We have been working on these, and she can mostly tolerate them, even if they aren’t her favorite.
- Active household - someone to take her on long runs, hikes, etc.
- Fenced yard
For more info and/or to adopt Sherpa, contact Nick LaFarge: firstname.lastname@example.org