Hi! I’m Lilly (#3206). I arrived full of puppy energy on May 29 from China. I really enjoy playing and running with Teddy, the resident dog. It’s fun because he runs fast like I do so we play chase games in the backyard! I like to keep my foster mom on her toes!! She is also fostering Pansy (#3205).
A note from my foster mom: Lily is a bundle of energy with lots of puppy-isms. She has short legs but her feathers are beautiful and you can see that she knows it by the way she struts her stuff and prances across the yard like a show pony. She loves to take her blanket out of the crate and prance around with it; she proudly takes it outside with her. (She also does this with leashes, pillows and rugs.) She doesn’t really do any harm to anything, it’s just for fun.
Lily walks well on a leash and I’m sure with more practice she can do better. Sadly, having three energetic dogs, two of them fosters from China, has made training challenging at best, but we are working on sit and stay. She did get out the front door (despite having with three people blocking her!) with a ball and thought she could find someone to play with out there in wild, so her new family must be vigilant about gates and doors being left open as she likes to explore.
Lily is very, very ball focused, and loves to retrieve. She brings the ball back proudly and will ‘give’ it to you to throw again. She’s a smart girl who knows where the balls are put away and will try to get to them, or will stay hyper-focused on the area they’re in.
One night, to settle Lily down, I sang “Soft Kitty” from Big Bang Theory to her, but changed the words to, “Soft Lily. Warm Lily. Little ball of fur. Happy Lily. Sleepy Lilly. Grr. Grr. Grr.” I sang while rubbing her belly and chest and she went right to sleep . . . so, clearly, she needs someone who will sing to her. Hahahahahaha! (The “Soft Kitty” song is my go-to with my granddaughter as well.)
I have a dog door, so we haven’t had any issues with potty training although Lily has had a couple accidents in the house. I think it was because her first two weeks here there were a lot of visitors staying at the house, or I was out of town so the house/dogsitters were here and that is when the incidents (just peeing) happened. She has not had any problems when I’ve been home on a consistent basis. I think she simply needed time to adjust to a new environment.
As most dogs from China, Lily was a counter surfer but has been deterred by “bitter apple spray.” She will still get up once while I’m making the dogs’ meals, just to see what is coming, but a stern “off” or “down” does the trick.
She loves to give ‘hugs’ so I’m still working on just giving her a quick one and then asking her to get down or off.
She could benefit from some good fats and oils with her food to help her coat soften up. She has put on a couple much needed pounds and could probably use a couple more.
The ideal family for Lily will be one with another energetic, playful dog as she is very social with other dogs, or an active family that loves to be outside for long walks, some jogging, and lots of retrieving games. Lily is a sweet girl with lots of love to give, loves hugs and snuggles too.