Lady is a sweet and timid, 7½-year-old, 60-pound, female, purebred Golden Retriever. She is a petite, little Golden lady who was surrendered at the end of March 2020 because her owner suddenly had to care for her grandchildren more often due to COVID-19-related school closures.
This meant long trips in the car for Lady, frequent transitions between environments, and tolerating the unpredictable energy of young grandchildren.
Lady's surrendering owner says that Lady lived in a barn on a breeder's farm until she was re-homed to her household last October. Lady has since been spayed, microchipped, and is up to date on her vaccines and preventatives. She does not have any physical health issues of which I am aware.
Lady's biggest quirk is that she has a bit of an OCD-like behavior regarding the air vents in the floors of our house. Her surrendering owner noted this quirk in her paperwork as well as our own first-hand observation of this unusual behavior.
Lady will brush the carpet around the vents with her nose as if she is trying to cover the vents with what she thinks should be dirt and, as a result, will sometimes end up rubbing her nose raw. She will also try to push scatter rugs over the vents to stop the airflow and/or noise. We tell her "NO, Lady!" and redirect her when possible.
The behavior has been diminishing over the past month but it is not yet entirely gone. It has helped to place small ottomans, baskets, or tables to block her from accessing the vents where possible. This way she can't get on too much of a roll pacing back and forth while dragging her snoot along the surrounding carpet to the point that the tip of her nose bleeds.
Lady seems to prefer to sleep in spaces that do not have an air vent in them, like our stair landing to the basement and in the dressing area of my master suite. She seems most bothered by the noise of the vents when the household noise dies down at night: the TV is shut off, the phones have stopped ringing, conversation has died down, and there is overall silence in the house other than the ventilation system and my low bedside radio.
She chooses to take her daytime, post-walk naps in places where there is only one point of entry like the corner of a shower stall or a small nook in our mud room.