Foster Update: Piper has done very well in her new foster home. She is the only dog in the house and thinks she is a princess. She will follow you around and never let you out of her sight. She has lots of energy for an 11 yr old and handles a 1 mile walk in the morning with no problems. Of course, then a big long post-breakfast nap. Piper knows her basics – sit, stay and lay down – but ‘come’ is something that you will need to work on with her. She likes her balls but wants you to chase her to come get it. The game is ‘chase’ not ‘retrieve’. However, you will have to moderate her activity due to senior status.
Piper is fantastic on car rides and has good back muscles as she jumps in the back or her foster mom’s SUV with ease. She has very good house manners, does not beg or surf the kitchen counter and lets us know when she needs to go outside. She has absolutely no food aggression. In fact, she eats and drinks like a little lady – doesn’t make a mess or eat too fast. She has a gentle mouth and takes treats perfectly.
Piper is best suited to be a solo dog or possibly a smaller canine companion(s) that have moderate-low energy that she can just pal around. Previously she was fostered with a cat and young kitten and did well with them (but they mostly left her alone.) On her walks she wags her tail and shows more positive interest in the little dogs. She does pull strongly on her leash when she walks.
People of all sizes are her friends and Piper is good about not jumping on anyone. She is calm and controlled when strangers approach her. She has instantly become popular with the kids in the neighborhood who like to pet her when she is out for her walk. In her foster home there are stairs to second floor and she manages them okay by bunny hopping. But being senior, the ideal house should be single story because as Piper ages stairs will naturally be more difficult for her. Right now, Piper is in great health for a girl her age!
Background: Piper is a very sweet girl with a sad story to tell. She and her bonded brother Tucker, a Queensland Cattle dog, were surrendered to the shelter together due to a terminal illness in the family. Tucker and Piper had been friends all their lives. The shelter advocated for them to be adopted together, but Tucker was adopted separately and Piper was left behind, sad and broken hearted until Labrador Rescuers stepped in.