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    Katy 2

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    Entered: 09/21/2014
    Status: Adopted
    Age: 10 Months
    Color: Liver/White/Tan
    Weight: 45 lbs.
    Gender: Altered Female
    Location: Aston, PA
    Health: UTD, HW-, occasional ear infections prevented by weekly cleaning
    Temperament: Good with people as young as 11, good with other dogs, unknown with cats




    Katy 2's Story . . .
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    Original:  “Katy will fetch balls or soft toys for her foster folks or play keep away and tug of war with her foster sister.”

    Katy came to MAESSR from Pennsylvania when the older couple who owned her decided that she wasn't getting enough exercise.  Crated indoors at night, she was tied out on a rope in the backyard during the day.  She had too much energy for only one long walk a day and needed a yard in which to run.
     
    Since this youngster had been allowed in the house only to be crated, her foster family didn’t know if she was housetrained, but she hasn't had a single accident inside since coming to her new home.  Reportedly, she had some submissive urination issues when approached by strangers, but that doesn't seem to be a problem now that she is able to be out and about more.  She'll either do her business in the fenced yard or on leash.  Despite her young age, she will give a yip at the door when she needs to go out and does know the command “out.”
     
    Katy doesn't yet beg for food since she is not used to being inside and near the source of all those wonderful yummies.  She is fed separately as she takes her time eating.  She has no food or toy guarding issues.
     
    After the first day in her foster home, this cutie learned that putting paws up on the counter to look isn't permitted, but needs more work on not jumping up when greeting folks.  Katy seems to love kids although she may knock younger ones over in her enthusiasm.  She's learning that “sit” and “give paw” are appropriate reactions and responds to the praise that lets her know it's the right way to act.  She also understands “in” for going into her crate to sleep at night.  .
     
    Puppy, puppy, puppy!  This love will occasionally chew but only on plastic and wood.  While she doesn't know “drop it,” she does allow her foster mom to reach in her mouth and take things away. MAESSR only places puppies in homes that are committed to training and bonding with the pup in obedience classes. Puppies require a lot of care, attention, and patience, and they do chew on things! The decision to get a puppy and raise it to be a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted dog is a serious commitment. To reinforce this commitment, MAESSR requires all adopters of dogs under 1 year old to enroll their puppy in obedience classes within 60 days of adoption.  Katy will be a good student.
     
    Katy will fetch balls or soft toys for her foster folks or play keep away and tug of war with her foster sister. She loves playing with the resident youngster and seemed to know immediately that the older resident dogs didn't “play.”   She enjoys drinking out of the garden hose and playing in the baby pool.  Although she doesn't seem to get the concept of swimming, she will wade in as deep as the person she's with or stand on the same rock in the creek.
     
    Typical puppy, her leash manners are a work in progress.  When she's excited she likes to take the leash in her mouth and dance around.  Though she'll probably get to that point, she can't be trusted off leash yet since there are too many neat things going on.  She's fine with car rides; she settles in the back, but needs to be tethered or crated so she doesn't try to help drive.  Only once on a curvy road longer trip, did she get car sick.  Her previous owners said that thunder and lightning scare Katy.
     
    This pup loves being scratched and petted and is really partial to men.  When the dog brush comes out inside, she and the resident dogs all come to play bumper-grooming where everyone gets brushed but no one actually gets groomed.  Katy does need to have her ears cleaned weekly, but sits still with minimal wiggling.
     
    MAESSR’s wonderful new girl doesn't seem to have an aggressive bone in her body.  A typical Velcro Springer, she's delighted to follow her foster folks around to see what's going on.  Reportedly, she used to fetch the newspaper in the morning and take it to her owner!   Her energy level is such that she'd love to have another dog to play with or an owner who would throw things for her and take her on long walks, or, perhaps, as she grows, running.  As with most Springer youngsters, having something to do and lots of love would be just what she needs.