Zora is a happy and playful pup with a sleek, shiny coat and a winning smile. She has a wiggle to her walk, and she likes to use it, especially when heading to one of her beloved baths (this girl really loves her baths, especially the getting toweled off part!). And although Zora's four years young, she already has a little graying on her muzzle to let everyone know what a distinguished lady she is, which is a bit undermined by how wiggly and unabashedly affectionate she is.
Once Zora has picked you as one of her favorite people, you can expect cuddles, wiggles and all the love you can handle. Zora is the wiggliest of wiggly dogs, and she has the most adorable dance when you give her booty scratches. She's constantly on the move and wanting to give you kisses, and she can never seem to close enough to you, adorably tucking her head into you when you're petting her. Zora really cares about her friends, and she's won over plenty of volunteers and staff and the shelter with her attentive and sweet nature. She likes to check in with her people via drive-by knee kisses - all of a sudden you'll feel a kiss, and she's right there saying hi!
Zora can be shy at first with new people, but she warms up quickly and then just want to kiss you and sit in your lap. No room for her on the couch? That's okay, Zora will squeeze her way in there. Even if she's asleep, if you call her name, she will wake right up and come over with the biggest grin and wiggliest booty. With Zora around, you'll never have to wonder if you're loved.
While Zora loves to play with toys, being with her person is the best thing ever, and she'd love a home with someone who works from home or is home a lot. In her previous home, her owner would take her everywhere with her or leave her at doggie daycare if she couldn't take her. She enjoys going to playgroup with her canine friends at the shelter, and she likes to wrestle them in a lazy, lay down and mouth each others' faces kind of way, so she could possibly go home with a well-matched doggie sibling. Zora is also fully house-trained and has a low to medium energy level, so she isn't a dog that needs to get out for long walks - short walks or some playtime in the back yard and then back to cuddling on the couch are more her scene.
Zora is also learning all kinds of new things in APA!'s Total Obedience Program (TOP), which is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Zora has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help her learn skills like walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers or other dogs, staying in a sit or down until told "free," coming when called and "place", which means she will go to a specific place in your home on command. And as part of APA's Total Obedience Program you can work with APA staff to continue to build a training relationship with Zora after adoption and master all the TOP dog skills together. Check out a video on APA's CGC program, on which the TOP was based: https://vimeo.com/89434193
Zora would love a lower traffic home with a yard to call her own and someone who will spend plenty of snuggle time with her. In return, she promises to be the most loyal, low key and loving companion you could hope for. Come meet this sweet girl!
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