updated 01/24/2013 AT 10:25 AM ET
•originally published 01/24/2013 AT 4:00 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 Lydia, a 5-year-old Staffordshire terrier that has been without a permanent home for far too long.
Can you imagine being in and out of temporary homes for four years? That’s been the pattern of Lydia’s life ever since she was scooped up as a stray by a municipal shelter in Long Island, N.Y., nearly four years ago. Since then, she’s lived in a kennel with a dog trainer and now in a foster home with a volunteer for the League for Animal Protection of Huntington, N.Y.
Though she’s been shuffled around from home to home, Lydia’s glass is always half full. “I have never had a dog who smiles as much as she does,” says foster mom Jennifer, who prefers not to reveal her last name. “She never complains, even though she has to be crated much of the day due to the fact I have other dogs.”
When Lydia comes out to play she is full of energy and positivity. “She want nothing more than to romp around and play or lay on her back and get her belly rubbed,” says Jennifer. “She is an angel to walk on leash and would love an owner who will take her on regular walks or, even better, use her for a jogging partner.”
Lydia is goofy, affectionate, loyal and very, very smart. “She knows sit, leave it and come,” she says. “She is eager to learn more and picks up new skills quickly. We are working on stay, wait and down.”
Great with kids, housebroken Lydia would be perfect for a family too – one that’s prepared to shower her with attention for the rest of her life. “Lydia loves her blankets and dog beds, walks like a lady on leash, revels in a car ride and enjoys a relaxing dog bath,” says Jennifer. In return, she’ll thank you with a “pop-up kiss or two.”
Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Bennie.
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.