Just in time for fall, say hello to Miss Pumpkin! She is thought to be around 1 year old and is a female Australian Shepherd/Labrador mix. Miss Pumpkin was rescued out of a hoarding situation, where she was not given a lot of love. Because of her rough beginning, she is frightened of most humans but will warm up when treated with lots of love, training, and patience. When she is comfortable, she is the goofiest and cuddliest gal, weighing in less than 25 A home without children would be best while she learns how to trust people of all kinds and comes out of her shell. Because of her hesitation with new individuals, it may take meeting her a few times before one would earn her trust, but when it is earned, you have a partner for life out of this sweet Pumpkin! This bashful little baby loves nothing more than to curl up with her human and snuggle! Because she loves her humans so much, she occasionally will guard them. She has a warning growl, but nothing severe. Her foster mom is working to modify this behavior, letting her know it's okay to share the love! She is getting used to being in a home and hearing everyday sounds, which are still a bit startling to her. Miss Pumpkin is looking for a very specific home and family to meet her needs. She absolutely needs a strong, confident and patient leader who has the time to devote to familiarizing her with everyday sounds and sites. A single-individual household may be best, but if given proper introduction to all members, she may be able to adjust well with a confident family (without small children). Miss Pumpkin is kennel-trained and loves to relax in her safe space whenever she is feeling overwhelmed. She currently lives with a cat and another dog who are teaching her how to do fun stuff like walk on a leash, work for yummy treats and play, play, play! Since she is not too sure how to play, it looks more like she is just smacking her foster brother around a little! Don't worry, he LOVES it! A visibly fenced yard is ideal for Miss Pumpkin. When she is in the mood, going for short walks really brings this angel out of her shell. She loves smelling the grass and will prance right by your side. She sometimes freezes when she gets scared, so shorter walks are best. Having a partner like her foster brother by her side, helps her see the world isn't so scary. Miss Pumpkin would prefer a privately fenced yard where she can run around and be her clumsy self. Currently, she loves chasing her foster brother around the house! Miss Pumpkin is potty and crate-trained and has already learned so many words/phrases such as sit, come, stay, wait, potty outside, hungry, treat, walk, and no, no. She does need to be kept on a regular training and potty schedule to continue her progress. She has very good house manners and typically just stays in one spot when being left alone. She can normally be found lounging on her favorite chair at her foster mom's house or falling asleep to the sound of sitcoms in the background. She can easily be left alone and not crated, particularly when she gives you that cute little look in her big chocolate eyes reassuring you that she'll be here for awhile! Giving her a peanut butter treat helps too! Miss Pumpkin is a 'work in progress' and will need a patient adopter. Her strongest desire is a human that will advocate for her, work with her and give her all the love one can offer. She is spayed and up-to-date on all her vaccinations. She is microchipped and heartworm negative. She takes monthly preventatives for fleas, ticks and heartworms. Monthly preventatives are a requirement to adopt her! Needs: A patient person or family willing to continue her training of new things Continued training on proper reactions A quiet environment and household (no small children) Wants: Prefers to have a doggy brother or sister to help her with gaining confidence Understanding, patient adopter Experience with behavioral issues is recommended If you think this adorable little girl is a great fit for you, please fill out the application: https://www.australianshepherdsfurever.org/adoption-application All adoption fees are used for future rescue efforts.