10 month old • Female • 10 lbs
*Available for adoption on June 5th!
Portia is mostly black with adorable white socks, expressive ears, and inquisitive eyes that miss nothing. She has smooth, soft fur and a beautiful face.
Portia is always watching and listening to make sense of her environment. She is learning every moment that she is awake. She loves to be with people, and wiggles and wags every time she sees all members of her foster household. Portia also does well with other animals. She has met a few adult dogs and seemed happy to sniff and be sniffed, and is living in a house with two adult cats. She has perked up her ears toward the cats, like she does with everything new she sees, but has not been very interested in them and the cats do not appear to feel threatened by her presence.
Portia is a quick learner and has already mastered Look, Sit, and Down commands. She has also learned to keep her paws on the ground rather than on people when she sees that a treat is coming. With older children and adults Portia's interactions have been friendly. Portia loves to sit in a lap and she loves learning different ways to play with people and toys. She is intense and focused, and craves opportunities to bond with and learn from people. Portia is not a candidate for a couch potato household and, as her puppy energy may be a bit much, we recommend members of her adoptive household be over the age of ten.
At her young age Portia is spending a little more time with her foster family to expand her social experiences. She will do best with people who have the time and energy to incorporate her into their daily routine so she can be a part of the family and enjoy ongoing opportunities for new experiences and meeting new people. With the right person and the right training Portia has the potential to be a fantastic, smart, affectionate, devoted dog.
Portia is a healthy pup and is microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations.
Portia and her eight siblings were born in the community and IAR came to the rescue.
IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Group classes for puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount to IAR adopters.