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Misty 4

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Entered: 07/07/2015
Status: Permanent Foster
Age: 12
Color: Black/White
Weight: 44 lbs.
Gender: Altered Female
Location: Fayetteville, WV
Health: UTD, HW-, incontinence resolved with daily meds, treatment for UTI complete, dental extractions complete, age-related hearing and vision loss
Temperament: Good with adults, unknown with children, good with other dogs, reportedly has lived with cats




Misty 4's Story . . .
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Update 08/02/2020: “She’s enthusiastic with walks on hilly and rough-cut surfaces…so different from the wide, level sidewalks on her previous beat.”

Misty is a very sweet dog. For years she enjoyed a wonderful life in a retirement village. She loved sitting in a wide upholstered chair with her “mom” and always had her paw up on the side of the chair, looking very cavalier. When they sat outside, she loved watching people walk by and, of course, she loved it when they stopped to admire her and give her some love. Multiple daily walks were routine, keeping her active and fit.  Being surrounded by lots of people fulfilled her social needs. Only when life abruptly threw her family a curve did she return to MAESSR’s care.

In classic Springer fashion, Misty is adapting well to a new home. Despite significantly compromised vision and hearing, she’s settling nicely. Upon arrival she was extremely cautious with every step but never appeared fearful. It took her about a month to “map” the new floor plan and embrace a new household routine. Somewhat funny but very real is that she was afraid of the dark when she arrived. To help her along, her crate was set up in a room with a dimmer switch on the overhead light. Each night for two weeks, the dimmer setting was tweaked downwardly. It worked…she’s good for an 8-hour night in a dark room now…yeah!!

Misty moves with increasing confidence, albeit with gentle bumps into walls or her foster mom still being part of the daily norm.  Misty’s tail wiggles daily now, most often when she’s praised for doing a great job on stairs. She sniffs out her appetizer/med combo at mealtime. She’s enthusiastic with walks on hilly and rough-cut surfaces…so different from the wide, level sidewalks on her previous beat. Misty loves porch time and will nap on the floor or offer front paws toward a boost onto the couch. She lives peacefully with a resident senior ESS but isn’t dependent on him. She has done a few hours of travel well and is easy to home-groom. She’s happy and in-touch with her surroundings.

With transition going well for Misty, MAESSR has given the nod to her becoming a permanent foster. In a perfect world, she should not have to grow into a new home again. Fingers crossed this new chapter will be a long and happy one for her…she’s a “dollykin!”


 



Update 08/21/15:  Some dogs find ways to amuse themselves with or without help from their two-legged friends.  In Misty’s case, the two-legged friend is a bird!   
 
Some dogs find ways to amuse themselves with or without help from their two-legged friends.  In Misty’s case, the two-legged friend is a bird!  This beautiful girl has discovered if she creeps up on a bird very silently and carefully, eventually the bird will take flight; then she can chase as it takes off and even leap in the air as if to catch that foolish flying feathered friend; she hasn’t yet succeeded!  This seems like a game to her, and she enjoys the chase.  Go for it, Misty!!!
 
Misty continues to enjoy her foster home this summer although she still becomes a bit anxious when she is left alone and sometimes dribbles a bit.  The dribbling may be caused by her drinking pattern and/or her anxiety.   Her foster mom and her vet are working on these issues so this lovely lady can be the best she can be.
 
In her own time Misty will be looking for a home in which a family member is home much of the time and can give her walks, snuggles and friendly bird company.  Labor Day is coming followed by all the good times that fall brings.  Wouldn’t you like to share them with this very special young lady?

Original:
“A fan of good exercise, this young lady enjoys a three-four mile walk each day.”

When Misty’s elderly Florida owners passed away and their daughter with two dogs, two cats and some birds could not handle another dog, Misty found her way to MAESSR.
 
This black and white beauty is housetrained although she does not have a signal to go out.  A perfect house guest, she does know the creature comforts of life and likes to be on the furniture and to sleep in bed with her person.  Misty knows “sit” to have her leash attached and does then walk nicely.  A fan of good exercise, this young lady enjoys a three-four mile walk each day.
 
Miss M. interacts well with other dogs and is always friendly to those tall two-legged critters.  She does not seek food or toys.  While she does not care for riding in a car or being groomed, she tolerates both activities.
 
In her original home, Misty was never without her people and, since losing them, fusses when she is left alone even if she has another canine companion.  Her foster family is helping her overcome this separation anxiety.
 
This lovely girl is quite contented when her person is nearby and she knows the next outing is coming soon.  She would like a home in which her folks are home most of the time to ease her anxiety.  Are you looking for a walking companion who will curl up next to you when you’re ready to be at home and rest?  Misty is just the girl for you!