Miso (ADOPTION PENDING!) is a happy girl, who loves all people, and is a joy to be with. She embraces all that life and the world has to offer. Her tail often wags like a propeller in her enthusiasm for any activity with her humans. We estimate that she is 2 years old and at 55 lbs., we believe she is a cattle dog and possibly shepherd mix.
She is a moderate energy girl, but does need at least a good one hour, several mile long brisk walk, or running session, in the morning. Currently, she and her fosters often take several long walks a day, sometimes covering up to 13 miles in a day. Once she has had her exercise, Miso is a mellow girl, who is content to spend most of the day lounging around with you while you cook, do household chores or desk work. Miso is happiest when with people, but she is not needy. In the evening when the family is watching TV, she likes to snooze while resting her head on someone, or curl up so she is touching you. Besides loving to be in the house with her people, Miso loves her bed. He fosters placed her bed in their bedroom next to theirs. When they tell her “Go to bed,” she will enthusiastically bound up to the bedroom and happily throw herself onto her bed and stay there quietly for the night.
When at home, if the doors are open and she is given the choice to be inside or outside, she will choose to be inside, sometimes she enjoys being just inside the open door and looking out. When left freely in the house alone, Miso does not chew or destroy anything. She does like chewing on raw knuckle or marrow bones and rope toys, but does NOT chew on anything that you don’t give her.
During car rides, she sits very nicely and quietly in the back seat. She seems to enjoy watching the world go by in the car. Miso is generally a quiet dog, unless there is something to bark at (another dog, or someone at the door). She may whine if you are standing around with her too long on a leash and she is bored and wants to be on her way. If she knows you are leaving her alone, she may whimper a little.
Miso is the great combination of a highly intelligent, thinking dog, who very much wants to please her people. If she knows what you want her to do, she will try to do it. Currently, she knows Sit, Look at me, and Go to bed. She is also housebroken, and has done all her business outside when taken out. If the door is left open, she will go out on her own.
Miso shows her herding tendencies in only the mildest ways. Cattle dogs often use their paws like hands. Miso will gently touch you with her paw when she wants some attention, or for you to increase in your level of attention. The only time she does any mouthing on human hands, is when she is having her belly scratched, and she may softly take your hand in her mouth, to fondle it.
She is always excited to go on walks and share her outdoor experience with someone. She walks nicely with a “loose leash” and does not pull, unless her prey drive is triggered. She will pull if she sees a squirrel or a cat to chase. The only other time she may pull is when she sees another dog coming. In her excitement to communicate with the dog across the street, or to meet, she may pull and give out a high pitched stress bark. Miso is a very quick study. Her foster mom is working with her to “Look at me,” when Miso sees another dog, and our girl is quickly learning to ignore dogs passing by, and to look to her person for a treat. However, if not distracted soon enough from another dog, she may begin pulling.
When Miso was at the shelter she was so good meeting with other dogs that they used her as a helper dog in dog-to-dog behavioral evaluations. Since her arrival, we have observed that she has been a little growly and argumentative when seeing some dogs across a street or meeting some (but not all) dogs. If her foster mom tells her No, Miso will stop immediately. She has been in heat since the shelter released her to us, and we suspect this grumpy behavior may be due to her hormones. As time passes, she does seem to be improving when seeing other dogs. She has an appointment to be spayed when her heat cycle is finished.
Because she loves being with her humans more than anything, and is not very interested in interacting with other dogs, she may do best as an only dog. But, she would likely eventually be fine with another dog in the same home. During her first week at her foster home, Miso would occasionally growl at her easy going, senior, canine foster brother if he entered a room she was in. Now, they sometimes nap together. She has NOT shown any resource guarding behavior with other dogs or humans. Because of Miso’s desire to chase cats, squirrels, and probably other wildlife, we do not recommend her for homes with cats or free range poultry.
Miso's foster mom will miss her when she is adopted, and said "Whoever gets her will be lucky beyond measure...the only thing she needs to keep working on are her dog responses, other than that she is perfect!"