Hershey is a medium size black spayed female labrador/Belgian shepherd mix. At the time of acquisition, Hershey was deemed to be 7 months old, which places her birth month as February 2009.
Hershey was our first dog, and therefore both family and dog were learning to live together. At first, we thought we were being kind by allowing her to roam freely in the basement while out during the day or at night. This apparent act of kindness did not facilitate her house training. In addition, she wanted to be close to us. She craved that social interaction. Advice from a more experienced dog owner suggested we keep her in the crate while we are gone. This advice was an overnight revelation. Hershey enjoyed the security of her crate, and suddenly she became naturally house trained. In the early months any accident was usually our fault for not recognizing the signs. Ever since she can be left for long hours if need be, while we are at work.
Hershey has always been a nervous dog. She feels very secure in the environment that she knows. When visitors arrive at the house, she will invariably start barking at her perceived intrusion. After a few minutes she will settle down to normality, and actually enjoy any attentive stroking from these visitors. She always loves being the center of attention.
During her early years, I was the one that primarily looked after Hershey. When she was a puppy, I would be the one to get up at 2 or 3 in the morning to let her out for a toilet break. I am the one that gives her snacks, of which her favorite by far is a pig’s ear. She follows me around the house, whether I am doing chores, on the computer, or watching TV. We have a fence in our back garden, which allows her to roam at will. However, if nobody is with her, she never wants to stay long in the garden. She is always clamoring to be near us in the house. When I am out cutting the lawn, she loves to be rolling around in the grass. Her favorite pastime is out walking with us on a leash.
She is good with people in that even when she is startled, she will never attack people. She will instead withdraw, and hide.
Since Hershey became part of our family, we have been meticulous in maintaining her vaccination requirements up to date. Her last professional exam was March 14, 2016 at the Elburn Animal hospital. We use Iverhart Plus for heartworm protection. Her next scheduled vaccination requirements are:
3/14/2017 - Heartworm Antigen Test
3/14/2017 - Bordetella / Kennel Cough Vaccine
3/14/2017 - Lepto Vaccine
2/17/2018 - Canine Rabies Vaccine
In summary, Hershey is a very good looking dog, with a loving temperament, and craves for social interaction with attentive owners. To meet Hershey, please call Anita at 708-751-4904. Her adoption fee is $100.