Pet of the week: Calm Lady needs attentive home

Winchester SPCA kennel attendant Kathy Wright sits with Lady, who is looking for a home. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

WINCHESTER – When it comes to cuddling up to a friendly face and showering them with affection and kisses, 2-year-old Lady has plenty of love to spare.

Kathy Wright, a kennel attendant at the Winchester SPCA, said Lady has been living at the Rockaplenty Adoption Center for about two weeks after getting spayed and updated on her shots. As a pure bred pit bull, Wright said the shelter knows Lady has been the mother of at least two litters. She arrived at the shelter on May 25 as an owner surrender.

A curious and affectionate dog, Lucy is docile and calm and loves giving kisses. Wright said Lady isn’t too fond of cats, but is friendly and eager to meet all kinds of dogs and humans – which has made her popular with shelter visitors.

“She’s very quiet in her cage; she just waits for people to walk past her and she gives them little puppy eyes,” she said. “She really loves people.”

Lady has a luxuating patella, or trick knee, on her right hind leg. Eventually, Wright said Lady would need surgery to fix the issue, which would probably cost upward of $1,000.

Wright said that even though Lady limps a bit, the knee doesn’t normally cause her pain. Losing 5 or more pounds of puppy weight, Wright said, would help Lady with her knee issue.

“The owner wasn’t aware of it until we took her to the vet,” she said. “If you limit her activity, just don’t have her running really hard, jumping, hiking or anything like that.”

Wright said Lady hasn’t had any knee problems when kennel attendants take her on brief excursions in smaller, enclosed outside areas around the shelter.

“She’s really laid back,” she said. “If she can be right in your face and lay on your lap on the couch all day long…she’s in heaven.”

To reduce the risk of her knee popping out, Wright recommends owners keep Lady in a smaller outside area and keep her active for shorter periods. Even though she gets along with other dogs, Wright said Lady’s future owner should be cautious if they already own a more active pup.

“I wouldn’t recommend her being with a hyper dog because that would make her hyper,” she said. “We don’t want to do that because we want to limit her activity until after her surgery and after she heals and everything.”

Lady knows plenty of commands and enjoys a  car ride. No matter what she’s doing, Wright said Lady will enjoy every moment with her owner.

“Anywhere that you are, she would love to be – right beside you,” she said.

Learn more about the shelter and adopting Lady by calling 540-662-8616 or visiting http://www.winchesterspca.org/.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com