HISTORY: Hula was a stray that found herself at animal control. When Hula turned up at animal control it was clear she had just had a litter, and that it was not her first. We have a strong suspicion that Hula was very likely used as a cash cow for a backyard breeder. Thankfully she does not appear to have been kept outside. We guess she was kept in a kennel in the garage/basement. Our vet and trainer said they thought she looked like a pit bull/bull terrier mix.
ABOUT: Hula may have been a bit challenging at first. She was seeing the world for the first time and she liked it! And she liked to touch it...all of it. She just had no idea what the rules were. Hell, she had no idea that there were even rules! Hula has turned out to be an incredibly sweet and silly dog. She still has her moments so her forever home MUST have a sense of humor.
Hula loves people. All the people. Every one of them. The big ones, the little ones. She gets a burst of enthusiasm whenever anyone new comes over. She doesn’t live with any kids, but she’s met lots of them. She met her 2-legged foster cousin and she LOVED him. Followed him around, laid right next to him when he played with his toys, and even tried to take a nap with him. She does get a little excited when treats came out and she did knock him over with an overzealous “sit.” We’ll let you decide if Hula is a good match for any kids in your life.
You cannot annoy her. You can touch her anywhere, feet, ears, tail, paws, you name it. Nothing is off limits. If you touch her anywhere she is likely going to lay down and roll over so you can rub her belly, so consider yourself warned.
Her energy level is calm-with-bursts-of-energy. Her foster mom is home during the day, and Hula sleeps most of the day as long as nothing exciting is happening. She doesn’t need to be taken for long daily walks, or run for miles to wear her out. Twice daily interactive sessions of toy playing with her is enough to keep her happy. She LOVES tug-of-war. More activity would probably do her some good (like it would all of us), but she isn’t going to make you tear your hair out if she doesn’t get an hour long jog. She does not need to be crated at night, and is fine in the house while you do yard work etc.
She’s a great helper. Hula helps with everything. She helps load the dishwasher, she helps you put your shoes on, she helps you pick vegetables in the garden. If you don’t like being helped, Hula might not be the dog for you.
Her strength and weakness is food. She will do anything for food. She is very smart and probably would excel at learning fun tricks if that’s something you enjoy.. It’s also her weakness. Every once in awhile she’ll find something too tempting to pass up. Like a cantaloupe on the edge of the counter, or a tube of chapstick. Its rare enough not to be a problem, but common enough not to be ignored.
Overall she is very quiet, and only barks when she has a reason to. When you tell her it’s time to go to her “apartment” she runs right down and flings herself in her kennel. She is very quiet in her cage, but will bark for a minute or two every once in awhile.
Hula was great with other dogs at animal control and was a frequent member of playgroup and is great with her foster brother. They play all the time, and she often insists on laying right next to him. We have noticed that she is a little uncomfortable/awkward meeting new dogs, so she will need controlled introductions to new dogs.
The worst thing we can think to say about Hula is that because (we guess) that she lived inside a kennel for all of her life, she is very easily overstimulated in new situations. Sometimes she barks, especially if there are other dogs around. Other times (like if you visit a new house) she just gets a little “busy” and “naughty” just like when people get overstimulated and can’t focus or remember what they were supposed to do.
She is impossible to stay mad at, and will love you beyond reason.
You can follow her silly ways at: https://www.facebook.com/LFDogAdventures/
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