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    Star 5

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    Entered: 12/19/2017
    Status: Adopted
    Age: 8
    Color: Liver/White
    Weight: 30 lbs.
    Gender: Altered Female
    Location: Owings, MD
    Health: UTD, HW-, receiving antibiotics for an ear infection and wounds on her body, neck and head
    Temperament: Good with adults but probably would be good with children as young as ten, okay with other dogs, unknown with cats

    Star 5's Story . . .

    Original:  “A playful, social girl, Star is always down for a good belly rub!”   

    Star found herself in a rough situation in mid-December.  She was left behind when her New Jersey owner moved out of the home following a break-up.  Star was left with the owner's partner, who is not a dog person, and who did not want Star. The plan to take her to a shelter was averted by an animal protection group that became aware of the situation and contacted MAESSR for assistance.
    After an adventurous beginning, Star has settled into her new foster home.  She was a rock star at the vet!  Although timid, she took her exam and shots all in stride. This petite girl is a bit underweight, so the vet was kind enough to allow her a 5 pound weight gain.  Good news with all the Christmas treats!  She was started on antibiotics for an ear infection and for wounds all over her body, neck and head that had already begun healing.  With these extensive wounds, the vet thought there was a possibility that Star had been used as a bait dog for dogfighting. With scabs all over her little body, head, neck and stomach, the vet did not think it was possible for her to have done this to herself.  Don’t worry, Star.  You are a MAESSR dog now and you will be safe and loved.
    Star is unknown with children; however, she is at times a rambunctious jumper, so would probably be best with children over ten. There is a resident Yorkie at her foster home who is old and cantankerous. Star does like to paw and bark at the Yorkie, which irritates this senior.  So it may be that Star would do best with a bigger dog or an only dog. Star is unknown with cats.
    This dignified lady with a gentle soul always whines to go outside, but seems to be terrified of a leash.  If Star sees a leash, she will squat and urinate.  Her foster mom opens the garage door and lets Star out into the yard prior to leashing her. Once the walk begins, Star walks like a lady.  She never pulls and just ignores the squirrels. Star is such a good girl!  She also had some submissive urination when meeting the extended family and neighbors at her foster home.
    With other things, Star is perfectly comfortable.  She loves a car ride and has no problem with a crate, although she initially whined a bit the first night. Star is crated only at night and when the foster mom runs errands. Star's crate is kept in the master bedroom, so she can keep a watchful eye over her humans. Star has not yet been scheduled for grooming due to her skin sores and ear infection, so it is unknown how comfortable she will be at the spa.
    Despite her small frame, Star is leggy girl and could be a counter-surfer!  A few times she has placed her paws on the counter, but has not tried to remove anything.  Yet Star, being the lady she is, has no interest in trash cans. Of course, she has no bad chewing habits either. This couch potato loves to cuddle next to her people to watch late night television.  Although she ends up snoozing through most of the programs, she does not snore!
    Star knows “sit” and is working on “shake.”  Quite observant, Star has learned that the older Yorkie gets his treats and meals first and she most patiently sits and waits quietly for the treats to come her way!  Good girl, Star!  She has an interesting quirk, though: she is insistent upon breakfast being served promptly upon her returning from outside. No one rests until breakfast is served!  As breakfast is served, Star is leaping and prancing until given the “sit” command.  Not a resource guarder, Star is fed in the dining room a mixture of kibble and wet food.  Despite her svelte figure, Star is ravenous with her meals.  Star gets treats 3-4 times per day just because she is so darn cute!
    A playful, social girl, Star is always down for a good belly rub!  Morning, noon and night-- it's all a good time for a belly rub in Star's world. She has shown some interest in stuffed squeaky toys and likes to have tennis balls thrown for her.  She actually retrieves them when she feels like it!
    Ideally, Star's forever home would be with older children (over 10) and with someone who is home with her most of the time. The submissive urination will probably lessen after she gets more comfortable in social situations, so Star will need a little patience and love to get her to that point. Overall, Star is a very good dog!  Wouldn't you love to have your very own Star?