We adopted Stormy, one of the "Forces of Nature" pups, on Halloween, 2015, so she has now been with us almost six months. She has gained five pounds and grown a bit taller, and she is almost eleven months old. For the first couple of months, she really was a force of nature. Our three kids (ages 8, 6, and 3) would laugh at her crazy spells when she would run wildly around the house. As Stormy settled in to house life (she had been primarily kenneled with HART), she found all sorts of new joys: food dropped from the table, a cozy chair in which to snuggle, and toys left out for her to sneak off and chew... One of her favorite things in those early weeks was eating crayons. Despite our intense efforts to keep crayons out of her reach, there she would be, chomping away on one. Thankfully that phase has passed (though she still finds plenty of mischief)! Things were unpredictable those first weeks, but with each passing month Stormy has become more and more a part of our family. Stormy loves on our three-year-old during the day and greets the older two kids with licks and tail wags and hugs -yes, she really does seem to hug them! - when they get home from school. Despite being a hound, she is mostly a people-pleaser, and she likes to be where we are.
We were worried when we got her because we were told that she loved to play with other dogs, but she would be an only dog for us. I think it is fair to say that the kids (and husband) have filled in nicely as playmates, and she loves to run around the backyard with all of us, chasing balls or toys. Stormy also now has a best friend two houses down, an active two-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer. They run and play in our fenced yards a couple of times a week. We go for lots of walks, during which Stormy insists that she could catch birds and squirrels if we would just let her off the leash. She also loves running, and she will go out for a three mile jog with my husband two or three mornings each week. Once she has her energy out, she is very mellow and is really just the sweetest thing. One of her favorite things this winter was to lie in front of the fire, chewing on her Benebone. She's content to relax a bit, and she'll take her own 'quiet time' in her crate during part of the day. In the evening, we'll find her upstairs snoozing on one of the kids' beds. We all adore Stormy, and she really has been a perfect fit for our family. She is our second dog from HART, and we will keep coming back!