By Mike De Felice
Kitsap News Group
PORT ORCHARD – Lotus, a black and white four-legged tail-wagger who loves attention and tummy scratches, is looking for her forever home.
The three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is the focus of a campaign by the Kitsap Humane Society to connect the lively girl to a loving owner this holiday season. An adoption meet-and-greet is planned at the humane society from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event offers would-be “pawrents” the opportunity to come and interact with the canine.
The pup came to the shelter in March after being found as a stray in Port Orchard, according to shelter officials. Lotus was fostered by Joshua Cox and his wife for some of the time after she was taken in.
“She has puppy energy and loves people,” Cox said of the time the dog lived at their house.
The 70-pound canine — built like a tank — is intelligent and was quick to learn commands like “sit” and “stay,” Cox said.
When the mood strikes her, the pup enjoys running around a fenced yard. “One of her favorite games is to run at you as fast as she can while you dodge out of the way,” he said. “Lotus does zoomies when someone comes home. What she needs every day is a good 10 minutes of focused playtime and then she calms down.”
In foster care, the dog spent most of the day happily sleeping next to Cox, who worked from home.
Lotus is house-trained and does well with crate training, humane society staff members say. Since she loves to play outside, she would do best in a home with a fenced yard. If she is going to live with kids, it’s recommended the children be 12 or older. She needs a home with no other pets, as she does not do well at dog parks or around visiting dogs.
Prospective adopters are encouraged to read about Lotus on the Kitsap Humane Society’s website: kitsap-humane.org. There also is a link on the site to view a short video showing the dog with her foster family.
The Kitsap Humane Society is at 9167 Dickey Road NW in Silverdale.