6 year old • Female • 35 lbs
Precious Luna rocks a super-silky tan and white coat, a black nose, black eyes, and an adorable underbite.
Precious Luna is as endearing as her name, and her puppy eyes will melt your heart! This sweet girl had a hard first go at life. But she’s ready to continue to be loved and shown what the good-dog life can be!
Precious needs a calm household, without very young children. She would be great with an individual, couple, or small family who has experience with dogs and who would be willing to go at her pace while she learns about her new people and new environment. Precious Luna is curious and playful with her foster parents now, and will show you her goofy and endearing personality once she gets to know you! When meeting other dogs, Precious is neutral-to-indifferent. However, she may eventually benefit from having a doggy companion who can show her the ropes and teach her how to have fun!
She is good on a leash and does not pull much; sometimes she gets overstimulated when there are lots of cars/dogs/people around, and she will lie down on the ground. Precious is working with a trainer on leash walking in stimulating environments and has been very successful as she learns about the world.
Precious occasionally plays with her foster parents and likes to explore around the fenced yard, although she’s still learning what playing is. More often, Precious prefers to sleep during the day next to her foster dad’s desk.
Precious is very independent, and when left alone at home she typically just sleeps. She is house-trained, although she has occasional slipups. Her foster parents have not tried to crate train her. She knows basic commands (Sit and Down) and is very treat-motivated to learn more! Precious does not love being around large groups of people but will happily retreat to one of her safe spaces (like her crate) away from commotion and sleep if you're having friends or family over.
Precious had very little interaction with humans before coming into IAR, and is still getting used to physical affection. However her progress since coming into IAR nearly four months ago, specifically her receptiveness to affection, and her seamless transition to indoor dog life, is nothing short of phenomenal!
Although she is still coming out of her shell, every vet, dog trainer, and IAR volunteer who has met Precious has fallen in love with her!
Precious Luna came into IAR with a 1.4 pound benign tumor on 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.
She tested positive for heartworms and is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms: it starts with 28 days of doxycycline along with heartworm preventative (ivermectin--Heartgard, Iverheart, or Tri-heart) twice that month, continuing with the preventative every two weeks for a year.
With the gentle protocol, no excessive confinement is required. Dogs should not be out in the heat for long periods of time, and should not engage in heavy exercise until they test negative for heartworms. Heavy exercise that should be avoided includes 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 they do not get winded and it is not too hot.
Most dogs will test negative for heartworms within a year using this method. Precious began the gentle protocol in January 2021, so she should test negative in January 2022.
Precious Luna was living outside and was rescued by a Good Samaritan.
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.