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    Herman aka Scooter

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    Entered: 01/31/2017
    Status: On Hold
    Age: 8
    Color: Black/White Springer Mix
    Weight: 35 lbs.
    Gender: Altered Male
    Location: Louisa, VA
    Health: UTD, HW+ and continuing the slow kill treatment method, treatment for hookworms complete
    Temperament: Good with familiar adults and a bit shy with strangers, unknown with children, good with dogs, good with cats

    Herman's Story . . .

    Update 11/19/2017:  "He is the perfect house dog, never getting into anything he shouldn’t, and he can be trusted with full run of the house when there is no one home."  
    Scooter continues to come into his own daily, although he’s still a little shy with new people. He has become a playful, happy boy. Although he doesn’t go to the door when visitors arrive, he does protect the property from other things going on in his world. Recently people came to harvest the soy beans fields and Scooter spent all day outside, running around to chase away the really big equipment from his yard. Good job, Scooter!
    He is beginning to enjoy his walks on the leash, although he still takes a few minutes to approach something entirely new. Little by little he is finding his way into the world.
    This sweet boy would do well being a companion for another dog that likes to run and play. He is the perfect house dog, never getting into anything he shouldn’t, and he can be trusted with full run of the house when there is no one home.
    In the morning, when Scooter’s foster mom comes out of the bedroom, he will run circles around her and  then drop down at her feet to get his morning loving. Although he does not follow her around the house during the day, he does enjoy his cuddle time and is very affectionate. Recently he has shown some interest in getting up on the sofa; but so far it is only interest, as he is not a jumper.
    Scooter’s heartworm treatment is going well and he has finished the treatment for hookworms. His foster mom believes that he will be ready for adoption very soon as long as the adopter understands he will need a little time to adjust to new people. His foster family just loves this sweet little boy and wants so much for him to have a home of his own. If you have the time to make friends with this cute boy, you will have a friend for life!

    Original: "Herman, or Scooter, as he is called in his foster home, is housetrained and has excellent house manners."

    Herman came to MAESSR from a rescue group in Alabama that was having trouble finding a foster home for him. He was a stray that had no doubt lived outside his entire life and was not well socialized. This poor boy experienced hard times in his short life. MAESSR was up for the challenge to help Herman have the kind of life he deserves.
    It has taken some time, but this cute boy has begun to adjust to living with humans. He’s discovering that life is full of good things, great toys, and even other dogs that will play with him. He is loving and playful with his foster family although still a little shy with strangers. He met some children early on and was frightened because he was just not ready for that interaction. He now seems ready to begin to go places and to be introduced to a bigger world as leash training progresses. Recently Herman went to the vet for some updates on vaccines and was fairly relaxed, getting along quite well with the staff and his transporter.  His foster family feels that he will be ready to meet and greet the world in a short amount of time with a little more work and encouragement.
    Currently Herman is receiving treatment for hookworms. He also has been receiving treatment for heartworms using the “slow-kill” method of treatment which is going well. This involves giving the infected dog monthly Heartgard tabs over the course of a year. (Doxycycline therapy is sometimes done as part of the treatment as well.) At the end of the year the dog is retested for heartworms. MAESSR will supply medication to the adoptive family and will pay for the follow-up vet visit and heartworm test. Although most dogs are heartworm-free after one year, MAESSR will pay for the treatment if the dog is still heartworm positive.
    Herman, or Scooter, as he is called in his foster home, is housetrained and has excellent house manners. There has been no trash-diving, counter-surfing, or getting into anything inappropriate. What a good boy! He will play with toys to entertain himself, and he loves to play with other dogs. This sweet guy loves to be petted and groomed. His foster mom can touch him all over without any problems. For a dog with Herman’s background, human attention is undoubtedly a delight!  Although not much of a cuddler, Herman loves to just lie under his foster mom’s feet while she is working at the computer; when she is finished he will retreat to a dog bed.
    Watch for more news on this cute boy as he continues to discover all the wonderful things that his new life has to offer.