Portia the pistol – this is what we call her at home. This petite, young girl can be high energy, funny and non-stop one minute, then curled up at your feet or in your lap the next.
Portia lives with three bigs dogs – two are residents, and one is a foster. She has also been exposed to the resident cat. Portia enjoys playing with the bigger dogs, though she can be a bit of a pest; she is younger than all of the boys and they tire out long before she does. She does respect their wishes when they make it known that they are done playing for now. Portia is very curious about the cat and shows no aggression whatsoever towards her. Portia could easily be trained to live with a cat who is savvy enough to stand up to her.
Portia spent some time as a stray before being found by the people who eventually surrendered her to the shelter. This could explain Portia’s desire to hoard toys and food. She loves having these things, and doesn't want her big brothers to take them away from her. Portia loves balls and squeaky toys. What she does not love is having to share them with the other dogs. She has become very pushy with the boys, who just surrender the toys to her. She also does not like the other dogs close to her when she is eating. This is easily solved by feeding her in her crate. She is happy, and the chow hounds can’t get to her food.
Portia is a typical GSD – always wanting to be where the humans are. She will sit at my feet, follow me from room to room, and will cuddle quietly next to me on the couch for constant petting while the TV is on.
Portia is house trained, crate trained and will sit on command. She is still learning to walk on a leash. She is not a puller, but will wander from the left to the right, etc. She does enjoy the walks though, and takes the correction well. Sometimes, she will get behind me and tries to “herd” me as we walk. Portia is young, and still a little mouthy when petting or playing with her. She has learned to take treats gently, so she is progressing.
Portia needs a home where she will be able to bond with one or two humans. I feel she prefers humans to the dogs as she will be with me more than the pack when I am home. This little girls needs exercise – whether it is a walk, a run in the backyard, or just playing some fetch. She does settle down easily. While she does get along with the other dogs, she would most likely do okay as an only dog. Portia is an active young girl, who is still in her puppy stage, so she would do best in a home with children over the age of 12.