All About Me
Precious Luna rocks a super-silky tan and white coat, a black nose, brown eyes, an adorable underbite, and a handful of ear-do's (her bat/Yoda ear-do is a crowd favorite!).
She is easy going, curious, GOOFY, and playful. Although she tends to sleep most of the day while we work from home, Precious Luna knows when the workday is over and has an impeccable internal clock when it comes to dinner time: she will let us know when it is 6 pm if she hasn't had dinner yet.
Precious Luna is very treat-motivated and is the poster child for old dogs CAN learn new tricks. She'd love to be taught a few more tricks in addition to Sit and Down, which she has mastered. Precious Luna also loves, and is very good with, dog toys that have hidden treats.
When she is feeling playful, she'll drag her dog bed and blanket around the house. Precious Luna also loves to zoom around the fenced yard and house about once a day, although she is otherwise a low-energy dog. **Zooming occurs for very short periods under supervision. See health information below on activity restrictions.**
Precious Luna is house-trained and has no accidents in over two months. Although she sleeps in her crate at night (door open), we have not tried to crate-train her, as we are home most of the time and found she does not like to be locked into her crate and doesn't bother any of our belongings. Precious Luna has been left unsupervised for up to 4 hours, and we feel she could eventually work up to being left alone for longer periods.
Precious Luna is generally good on a leash, but can sometimes get overstimulated on walks if there are lots of other sounds and smells around her. We have learned a few tricks from a dog trainer to help her when she is in stimulating environments (which we will share with potential adopters).
During her initial intake, Precious Luna was estimated to be about 6 years old; however, we have noticed that her hearing and peripheral vision are poor, and believe she may be older.
Precious Luna had a hard life before coming into IAR foster care, which has made her wary of people. She has allowed us to pet her and work with her throughout her foster period; but it took two months before she came to us seeking affection. Potential adopters need to be willing to commit to multiple visits with Precious Luna before a home visit, as it may take some time for her to trust and realize how awesome you are. So we want potential adopters to allow her to adjust at her own pace, with a gradual introduction, while she learns about her new people and new environment.
Precious Luna needs a calm household, without very young children. Precious would be fine as an only dog, or with a dog companion with a similar energy level (low energy with moments of medium-energy playfulness). She would be great with an individual, couple, or a small family who has experience with dogs, especially older rescue dogs.
So are you the one? Are you looking for an endearing dog with goofy mannerisms and a lovely quirky personality? A dog who will reinforce everything you've learned about asking for consent? A dog who will follow you very closely (tickly whiskers on the back of your leg) once she's bonded to you? A dog who won't wake up to any of your annoying phone alarms because she can't hear them? (Yay for still getting to sleep in a little!) If the answer to these questions is Yes, then Precious Luna may be the doggo for you!
Precious Luna came into IAR with a 1.4 pound benign tumor hanging from her face as well as a number of infections. She has responded well to all her treatments, and has made a full recovery! She is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and spayed.
Precious Luna also tested positive for heartworms and is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms, starting with 28 days of doxycycline and heartworm preventative (Iverheart) every two weeks, continuing with the heartworm preventative every two weeks for a year. Most dogs test negative after a year, so for her, we expect that to be January 2022.
Until Precious Luna tests negative, she should not be out in the heat for long periods of time, should not engage in heavy exercise (such as full-speed running for any distance, jogging more than a short distance such as one block, repetitive ball chasing, and high-energy play with other dogs). Leash-walking is fine in most cases, as long as she does not get winded and it is not too hot.