Meet Nala! Nala is a petite 9-year-old female yellow Labrador Retriever mix with a gorgeous soft coat. WCLRR rescued Nala from a high-kill shelter. She has had a complete medical exam and senior dog lab work with excellent results. She was quiet and scared when she first came to WCLRR but is coming out of her shell as she gets lots of love and attention from her foster family.
Nala is a low-to-medium energy dog. Her experience in the shelter was scary, and it took her a few days before she would relax enough to let her foster pet her. Now she loves neck and belly rubs and likes to be rubbed under her ears and on her cheeks. If strokes end before she is ready, she will gently put her paw out to ask for more love! She hasn’t expressed any interest in chasing balls or playing with toys. Instead, she enjoys lying on the couch for her naps.
Nala likes people and is good with them, but it takes her time to warm up to new people. When her foster family had visitors, Nala would keep her distance and slowly come closer as she felt comfortable. Her new family will want to manage her introduction to new people to make sure that she feels comfortable. She becomes anxious if she is cornered or is surprised by someone.
Nala is okay with other dogs and shows no resource guarding. She lives with a 12-year-old lab and has been introduced to a 12-year-old pug with no issues. She also spent time with a 2-year-old labradoodle full of energy and avoided interaction. However, being the pug found her way to Nala’s bowl during mealtime while Nala was eating. Nala walked away while the pug started eating her dinner.
Nala knows to sit and comes when her name is called. She walks well on a leash, sniffing and walking casually. Initially, she was apprehensive about the leash. However, now she looks forward to walks and will stand next to her foster to put the leash on. She ignores other dogs that she sees during her walks. She also enjoys wandering around the yard and napping in the sun or a cool shady spot.
Nala has used the doggy door at her foster home with no problem and hasn’t had any accidents in the house. She does not counter surf, does not chew things, and is not a barker. Nala is not crate trained. She sleeps in her foster mom’s room, usually on the carpet, although a dog bed is available. Nala sleeps quietly through the night, getting up when her foster does. Nala does eat quickly, and her foster uses a slow-feeder when feeding Nala.
Nala’s ideal home would be one with a secure yard that she can hang out in and people that will be patient with her and give her lots of love and attention. She would be okay with another dog, but an older dog with a similar temperament and energy level would be best. A family with young children might be stressful for her, but older children that will not startle her would be fine.
Nala is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, and microchipped.