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  • Aurora


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Aurora came to GSR very sick and emaciated from Chicago Animal Control. She was found as a stray (but her indoor manners do NOT reflect a lifetime on the streets) on the South Side of Chicago. Upon rescue, she was very emaciated (only 45 pounds), had pneumonia, ear infections, two small mammary tumors and teeth that needed removal. Aurora is estimated to be 7 years old and now weighs 70 pounds! Aurora is not only gorgeous, but she's a sweetheart too. She has an excellent adult energy- she loves walks and toys, but she also appreciates a good nap! Her house manners are excellent. No accidents, no countersurfing, no separation anxiety, no chewing. Just some occasional garbage investigating. Most of the time she is happy resting on the floor watching the action. She even sits at the door to wait for her collar to be put on before going out for a walk. And she'll wait to eat with a "wait" command. She is crate trained, and she walks gently on a leash, though she could use some reminders not to dart when she sees a squirrel. She could use extra training to learn that things like doorbells and visiting neighbors are not a bark-worthy event, but for the most part, she's quiet in the house. She enjoys car rides and the company of her family. She knows basic commands and is receptive to training. Aurora is currently fostered without any other pets. With her interest in rabbits and squirrels, a cat or other small pet may not be a good fit. She is currently an only dog, so other dogs are likely case-by-case depending on temperament and personality as she does bark at other dogs passing by. She has interacted with older children (teens), but not yet with little children. Ideally she’d be in an adult only home. Aurora would prefer a home where she has access to daily walks and a back yard where she can squirrel hunt. She needs work on new people coming into the home. She is very close with her family but can view strangers as imposing. Introduction to new members of the family should be done carefully and intentionally. With her family, she is as gentle as a teddy bear (her nickname is "Honey-Bear"), but with new people, she can be a little bit more weary and bark at them. Our friends at Roc Solid Obedience met her said she has a lot of potential in overcoming what appears to be more of an anxious reaction as opposed to aggressive behavior. Her foster mom thinks she would benefit from a confident owner who can lead Aurora in her training. She tolerates stairs, but would do best in a home where multiple flights are not necessary on a regular basis. Now that Aurora is finally feeling better, she's really finding her voice and asking for a loving home to call her own!