updated 12/05/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/06/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We’d like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Meet Leia, a sweet sable-colored collie who is still a kid at heart.
The beautiful 6-year-old pup, who looks a lot like Lassie, was found as a stray in Tennessee earlier this year. Rescued by the Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio, she’s been residing with foster mom Michelle Kloos for the past few weeks.
“She’s a very sweet, welcoming collie,” says Kloos. “She wants to greet you, which means that she might jump up on you.”
All this energetic dog wants from people is their company. The 50-lb. pooch would also love to play tug-of-war with her plush toys and adores sitting beside someone on the couch, too. “She’s never met a person that she didn’t like,” Kloos adds.
Leia is a little more picky when it comes to other dogs, however. She’s a dominant female who can be possessive over her toys and food. “She had a bit of trouble when she met my collie, but she gets along with [all my dogs] now,” she says. “I feed them in different places.”
This dog’s friendly nature can sometimes get her into trouble. “She can climb my backyard fence. I’ve never had a foster collie who can do that,” she says. “She put her paws at the top and worked her legs up and over to go greet somebody.”
The person who adopts Leia will need to keep an eye on her outside or tie her to a really long lead in their backyard.
Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Slim.
Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research on breeds.