Meet Leilani! She is named after Leilani Munter, a professional stock car racing driver. She is named well as she is a speed demon. Leilani is a 2 year old female, a husky mix and weighs about 44 pounds. She has been spayed, microchipped and vaccinated.
Leilani is a bit of a special girl—she has acute kidney disease. This means that she needs access to water all the time so that she remains hydrated. She is also on a kibble that is specific to kidney disease to help manage it. It’s not really a big deal and her fosters don’t even notice that she's different from the other foster dogs they’ve had.
Leilani is a very happy girl, totally house trained and doesn't cause any trouble! She is a super sweet girl who LOVES attention. She loves to run and jump and play—you’d think she was a puppy with all this energy. Leilani loves absolutely any toy and will spend lots and lots and lots of time entertaining herself with a stuffie, a tennis ball, a kong bone—really, any toy will do!
To practice remaining calm and lowering some level of excitement, her foster parents practice a game called "Sit on the Dog" where the fosters will sit on her leash and wait for her to settle. Even though sometimes it takes a few minutes, Leilani is really getting the hang of it! She is also an expert on lots of commands including "sit", "down", "stay", "wait"—you should see her wait for the a-ok to eat her meals.
In her current foster home, there are two teens that Leilani tries her hardest to get some affection from. She bats her blue eyes, wags that tail, and will happily lick any face close enough. But here’s the kicker: they don’t pay any attention to her. They’re not allowed. They know they have to follow the "no-touch, no-talk" rule and it’s important that when she goes to her forever home, everyone follows that rule. It’s for her own good, really! It helps her become more independent, prevent unwanted behaviours, and it will help her from becoming a demanding little lady.
Leilani does not do well with cats, so a home without any felines would be best. She is now completely crate trained but may need to be guided in with the leash when she first goes home with her forever family. At night, her crate is covered with a thin sheet and currently, her fosters follow a pattern of 2 hours in the crate followed by 2 hours out when the family is home during the day. This is important as it presents the crate as a positive space. Leilani even takes all her meals in her crate to help associate comfort and safety within it.
Leilani walks pretty well on leash. She can get distracted by a squirrel here or there, but all that's required is a quick 180-turn correction and she refocuses easily. Leilani does currently live in home with another dog but it did take some acclimating. It’s important to advocate for her with all new dogs; to give her space until she is ready. She doesn't like dogs immediately in her face, so introductions must be on leash. In addition, we ask that adopters please consider organizing time with a balanced trainer. This will provide the skills needed to build a healthy bond and help start off on the right foot.
If you're interested in adopting Leilani, please submit an application!