Riley showed up at an industrial place of business in Houston. She is one of 13 dogs that were either dumped or found their way there alone. Nine of the dogs have been placed and Riley is number 10. She was only on that property for 2 weeks before I took her in as a foster right before the December freeze in 2022. She was kenneled right from day one and seemed comfortable. When I first had her, she was sick with hookworms and really never barked. The vet said the heartworm pill I gave her would treat the worms and she was found to be heartworm and parvo negative. Riley's personality began to shine through after a few days as the hookworms died off. She was mischievous, sweet, loving, and kind of goofy. And she does bark, but not excessively. She generally went into her kennel without complaint. I did not put her in it for long hours except at night. I walked her and let her out in the backyard. She made that yard into a jungle gym. She was constantly moving my water hose around! She is right at a year old we estimate, is high-energy, and loves anything filled with water she can fit into: i.e. enormous flower pots and Igloo coolers! She's been introduced to a pool and did jump in on her own, though swimming across she seemed a bit frantic. She has quite a collection of toys and loves to fetch, bring the toy back, and then not let go of it. As a Mountain Cur, she is considered a working dog and that means that she needs a lot of exercise. She enjoys doggy daycare - passed her temperament test with flying colors. She does well at the dog park. She is 65 lbs., and she has never been aggressive. We do think a human male may have frightened her or hit her because, in the beginning, she would drop flat to the ground if a man approached her. She seems to have more confidence now after 3 months. She loves my husband and often licks his bald head! She is sweet but she is also willful, and she is very strong. I used a gentle leader with her, and she walks well. That is what the purple thing is over her snout. It is not a muzzle; she can open her mouth. It just gives me enough control so she doesn't pull me down. Today she actually walked beside me loose-leash. It was a surprise. Because of her size and strength, I would highly recommend that her owner work with a professional trainer. She needs to know that you are #1, the pack leader, etc. She does not have the personality to be a pack leader, but if you leave a vacuum and don't take the role, then she will step into it. You don't want that. Riley wants to be with people and other dogs all the time. She often goes on play dates with my sister's dog, and they can play for about 6 hours. So, if you can't accommodate her exercise needs, just be aware that she will likely be destructive and a bit wild. But, with the necessary exercise, she is a sweetheart and so easy to live with - such a joy. She is not a dog that can stay in a kennel all day or one that can stay in the backyard all day. She needs a committed owner that is home a good amount of the time. She is part of Second Chance Pets rescue out of League City, TX. She is located in Clear Lake. Email [email protected] to meet Riley. For specific questions about Riley call.