Update: SG asked me how she was doing now and I am happy to share that she is the best dog ever! I think the spaying calmed her down a lot. That and having a routine and knowing she has a forever home. She is nice to the cats now and pretty non reactive. They are more comfortable coming out and joining us in the main house. The wood stove is in the basement and I look forward to spending time down there snuggling with her and the cats this winter.
My husband was home recently for a couple weeks and it is clear she is MY dog but she quickly warmed up to him and they were best buds. Of course, treats, belly rubs and a few walks helped that! This dog loves to go for walks and is not the least big prissy if it is raining or the grass is wet. She loves spending time in the fenced in back yard and she thinks she's a great squirrel hunter. But they have her number and are much too quick and agile!
It's funny, when I pulled her out of the shelter, I told the rescue that I didn't need her but he sure needed me. I was wrong. I needed her, too. And feel blessed to have her as my companion. Her presence is a great comfort to me as there is a fair amount of stress in my life right now.