I had her and Murphy out for a walk today. Murphy is a jerk on a leash and probably always will be; he pulls and tugs and decides to stop and sniff things at random and he's generally difficult to manage unless you put a pinch collar on him.
This gal is completely different. She just falls into place next to and slightly behind me, and walks along nice, the leash slack. She's aware of squirrels and other animals but other than watching them, she doesn't react. She stays right alongside me, stopping when I stop and matching my pace when I walk. She's amazing, especially being this well tuned on our first walk together. In fact, my only gripe is that she's obviously used to walking with right-handed folks as she falls in on my left side every time. I'm left-handed and train my dogs to my right side. Murphy at least gets that, but he still pulls out to the full range of his leash on my right side the entire walk. I've worked on Murphy since I got him when he was two, but by that time his habits and attitudes seemed pretty well set and he'll likely always be a bit of a chore to walk. This girl though...wow.
And this is what I don't understand. Her basic obedience (sit, stay, come, etc.,) is good and she's well-socialized. She's trained and it's obvious that someone sometime put a lot of work and love into this girl. So how'd she get to be so malnourished and medically-neglected? It doesn't make sense.
That's all in the past though. Now she's mine and I'll resume working with her. With any luck, some of her social graces will rub off on Murphy.
I can hope, can't I?