Pet of the week: Young Luna has the energy of a puppy

Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter caretaker Kamryn Dixon sits outside with 1-year-old pit-mix Luna. Kevin Green/Daily

For a 1-year-old pit-mix breed, Luna still might be a younger puppy at heart.

Kamryn Dixon, animal caretaker at the Esther L. Boyd shelter, said that Luna was “an owner release” who has been at the shelter since mid-February.

“She came in with two [puppies], which have since been adopted. So now she’s looking for a home,” Dixon said.

Dixon added, “A lot of times moms come in with puppies and the puppies go like nothing, then mom’s sitting around for a home.”

Luna exhibited a lot of this energy almost before the shelter door swung open. While Dixon walked Luna outside of the shelter, the young mutt was taking a great deal of interest in the surrounding environment.

“Yes, she’s not a puppy, but she’s still young … and still has that energy,” Dixon said, noting how Luna “loves to be outside walking around, smelling around.”

In addition to Luna’s curiosity for nature, she has also displayed an apparent affinity for human contact and attention.

“With her, she doesn’t realize her size and likes to jump up and kiss you right in the face,” Dixon added.

This also leads to accidental nibbling mid-kiss, Dixon noted. “She’s just getting excited, it’s just a play-type of thing and it’s not horrible.”

The only catch with Luna is that she has not yet been spayed. Dixon said, “Her adoption fee is $100, and $70 of that goes toward getting her spayed.”

Other than that, Dixon mentioned that she believes Luna would be good dog for an active family or couple or even owners who are adopting their first dog.

At around 50 pounds, Dixon said Luna is “a nice medium-size” dog that will likely not grow to be much bigger than that, aside from any new eating habits.

Dixon indicated that Luna  probably also will be a very easy dog to train, given that she already knows very simple, everyday commands.

“Most dogs when they come in, even sometimes they are strays … know basic commands like ‘sit’ or ‘lay down,” Dixon said, adding that Luna might need a “refresher course” to get used to a new environment.

“As far as housing goes … I think she’d be fine if it was like an apartment or a town house,” Dixon explained.

Dixon added that it might help if potential owners have another dog or puppy already that can keep Luna company and provide more exercise.

“Just as long as the adopter has time to take her out and walk her and play with her and get her energy out,” Dixon said.