Our darling Ingenue, Luna, is a real sweetheart, in need of a firm hand, and a structured lifestyle. She came to us recently from NYC ACC, where she had been abandoned by her owners. Like many owner-surrendered dogs, Luna sufferered a trauma as she slowly gave into her new inhospitable surroundings. She displayed fearful, uncertain behavior, that allowed for limited handling under the harsh circumstances of shelter extistence. She was transferred to us so that we could give her a chance to chill out, and then get a more accurate picture of her behavior. After a brief time in foster care, Luna began to slowly come out of her shell. She impressed us as a shy girl, who needs a little bit of time to warm up time with strangers. Once she relaxes, Luna is as loving and gentle as can be. Her Adopters will need to be patient, give her some space at first, and then be willing to troubleshoot occasional stranger interactions as they continue to socialize her. Luna is a stunning dog, who appears to be a mix of Smooth Coat Collie and Australian Cattledog. She is a medium sized, tall dog, weighing 50 pounds, and has a lean, sleek physique. Her slightly elongated muzzle and stand up ears favor the Collie look, but she has the broad, triangular skull and characteristic color pattern of the Cattledog. Luna's easy-to-maintain coat is in great shape, and has a lustrous shine. Luna's breed mix of double dose Herder hardwires her to a work ethic that should be channeled into exercise and obedience training. She is a fantastic outdoor dog, and loves to walk, run or hike, and participate in outdoor adventures. Luna could easily join an active adult home, and would thrive in an active lifestyle where she is the center of attention. As an adolescent, many of Luna's developmental cues were missed during her puppy stage, and she seems a bit behind the learning curve on obedience and manners. Her new family will need to be prepared to establish house rules and maintain discipline. In the midst of chaos, Luna will act up, but in an environment of calm and structure, she is an absolute dream. One and a half years old, Luna still has her puppy mojo. Her obedience training is coming along well, and she knows most of her commands, but adopters will need to prepare for the antics of an older puppy. She is a high-energy girl, and needs at least two to three vigorous leash walks a day, in addition to focused play time, and ongoing obedience work. It is essential to challenge Luna in both mind and body so that she maintains an even keel. If she becomes bored and frustrated, she can become mischievious. Everyone in her new home needs to be on the same page about the importance of exercise and obedience training, and be willing to provide the consistent structure and discipline that an older puppy needs. Her house manners are good, but there may be that inevitable snagged shoe or trash can treasure hunt, while Luna matures over the next few months. Luna seems extremely good natured, and could easily join a multi-dog home, with another energetic, well mannered youngster. She loves her people, and in the hands of a committed adopter, Luna could become a Canine Good Citizen, who can move through the human world with ease and grace. Adopters should be able to have her CGC certified in a short while. She has grasped her obedience commands and loves the training process. Luna is house trained and crate trained, but adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will inevitably occur during her transition to a new home. She is spayed, and has been vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza, coronavirus), and canine flu. She has been boostered as needed. She has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. She has been dewormed, and microchipped. If you are interested in Luna, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call/text Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.