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Dusty 5

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Entered: 12/12/2015
Status: Rainbow Bridge
Age: 8
Color: Black/White
Weight: 81 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Goochland, VA
Health: UTD, HW-, occasional seizures in distant past, overall good health
Temperament: Not suitable for adoption

Dusty 5's Story . . .

Update 01/03/2016:  His future seemed bright.“
“Not suitable for adoption”...  an infrequent and always disappointing outcome for a foster dog.   For Dusty, it was also unanticipated.  He had been with his foster family for weeks, progressing through his health and temperament evaluation to become “available.”   His future seemed bright.  Regrettably, a sobering turn in his behavior precipitated the decision that he could not be placed in a home where he could hurt anyone.
Two days ago Dusty attacked one of his canine housemates, a blind senior that was half his size.  This happened right in front of his foster mom and for no apparent reason.  So intense was Dusty’s aggression that his foster mom could not get him to abandon the assault.  The little Cocker may not make it; please keep him in your prayers.  The foster family is heartbroken; please keep them in your hearts.  And, as for Dusty, may he be at peace among all dogs at the Bridge.

Update 12/30/2015:  “Happy New Year, Dusty!  Your new beginning is underway...“
A bit of added news from his foster family...Dusty’s current weight is a bit more than earlier reported.  He’s a strapping 81 pounds...lots to love there!  He also has experienced occasional seizures in the past but has not had one in a couple of years.  Happy New Year, Dusty!  Your new beginning is underway...

“For fun, MAESSR’s new guy likes to play fetch, wrestle, and….did someone mention swimming?”

Dusty was relinquished to MAESSR because of an incident involving a child in his Maryland neighborhood.  Although the event was not witnessed, all those involved thought Dusty might be better moving to another home.  This lucky guy is now enjoying the comforts of a MAESSR foster home.
Mr. D. has had no formal obedience training but knows “sit,” “down,” “come,” and some hand signals.  He is completely housetrained, and while he does love to sleep in the big bed with his foster family, if it is full, he’ll find a comfy dog bed in which to spend the night—no insomnia problems for this pup!  Dusty is not crate trained, but does well having full freedom of the house.
Outside, this sweet fellow has been fine off leash on wooded trails and in the lake—did someone mention swimming?  He has no separation anxiety or fear of thunderstorms.  Dusty likes to ride in the car and was good at the groomer’s.
For fun, MAESSR’s new guy likes to play fetch, wrestle, and….did someone mention swimming?   But, back in the house, he is a wonderful cuddler and as sweet as sweet can be.  Everyone that meets this cutie pie just loves his big blocky head, and Dusty is willing to soak up all the love they can give him.
Dusty’s New Year’s Resolutions—polish up those hiking skills, catch the ball on the first bounce, go along on each and every car ride, seek out cuddling opportunities. 

Are you ready for a middle-aged dog with a lot of spunk and energy to spare---did someone mention swimming?  Ask about MAESSR’s Dusty 5.