The newest member of the Kurt household:
Holly Pearl Kurt formerly Holly Berry (get it?) was adopted on March 19, 2016. I've only known her for about 2.5 weeks but I love her already. She fits in great at our house.
Holly comes to us by way of Animal House Shelter in Huntley. We had originally gone out to the shelter about 6 weeks ago to meet some dogs and although we met about 5 dogs and really liked 2 of them, we decided to wait a bit longer before bringing one home.
When we went back 2.5 weeks ago, we met 2 other dogs before meeting Holly. Right away, Matt and I both really liked her. She loved pets and walked well on the leash. She had a lot of what we were looking for in a dog: active, medium size (not too big, not too small), a young adult but not a puppy, cute and good with other dogs and kids. At first, I was a little bit hesitant because I though she might not be active enough for us and she wasn't interested in playing fetch at all. But she was the sweetest and seemed like a really great dog. I turned out to be totally wrong on the active part as her favorite activity is going outside.
So we brought her home. And she fits right in.
We don't know much about Holly's history we just know that she was picked up in Logan County, Illinois. She is about 2 years old and is a Lab and Staffordshire Terrier mix. At about 40 pounds currently she needs to gain a few more pounds ideally.
She was already fully house-trained and is adjusting really well to her new home. She is still getting kenneled while we are at work which she doesn't love but will comply for treats. If you say "outside" she runs right to the door and wags her tail except when I wake her up in the morning. Cuddling in bed with Matt is a much better option than walking outside at 6 am.
We've yet to hear her bark but when she is very excited she'll growl instead. Learning to sit, stay and lay down are coming along well but she definitely still needs to learn how to meet people nicely and not jump on them.
The toy situation is hilarious. We bought her a bunch of new toys right away and she has really only been interested in destroying the squeakers. Not to eat it, just to make sure it is never squeaked again and sometimes so the stuffing is ripped out.
Things she can't destroy like the rope are not that fun for her. Really she'd just rather we sit on the couch so she can sit in our laps and get pets, belly scratches and cuddles.
Since she had heartworms when she arrived at the shelter, she is still on an exercise restriction so no running or dog parks for the next month or two.
She already makes me so happy .