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Entered: 06/04/2016
Status: Adopted
Age: 9 Months; Born: 08/19/2015
Color: Parti Cocker
Weight: 25 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Allenhurst, NJ
Health: UTD, HW-, treatment for inflammation and infection of throat complete
Temperament: Good with people as young as four years old (younger unknown), intrigued by but frightened of other
Temp. Cont.: dogs, unknown with cats

Taraji's Story . . .

Update 07/13/2016:  "His foster mom is really going to miss this cute fellow!”
Taraji’s foster mom noticed that he was coughing and was seen by the vet in early July. He was found to have inflammation in his throat and an infection. Once his treatment was completed, his vaccines were brought up to date. Additionally, Taraji has been neutered and his microchip was inserted. A real “Nervous Nellie” at the vet, Taraji doesn’t try to bite…he just has a heavy dose of the shakes. And who can blame him?
As sweet as can be, Taraji will be a loving pet to his forever family. His foster mom is really going to miss this cute fellow!

"He is one well-mannered puppy, the best his foster parents have ever seen!" 

Taraji came to MAESSR from North Carolina after his owner passed away and family members were unable to care for him.  Luckily for him, he’s now a MAESSR boy.
Although not yet fully housetrained, Taraji is doing his best and learning quickly. He has never pooped in his foster home but has occasionally peed. Sometimes, he stands by the door to signal he wants to go out. Other times, he’ll play outside for hours failing to do “his business,” signal to go inside, and minutes later choose the hardwood floors over the green, green grass! He’ll get there… he’s still learning.
A visit to the vet is pending, at which time Taraji will receive a needed vaccine. When he becomes up-to-date on all vaccinations, he will be scheduled for neutering.
Taraji’s foster parents have another puppy that has just been neutered. If Taraji were the only puppy in the home, his foster parents wouldn’t crate him as he is not your typical pup. He doesn’t chew inappropriately; in fact, his foster parents have never seen him chew anything except a bone. He rarely counter-surfs and he doesn’t explore the trash or rolls of toilet paper. He is one well-mannered puppy, the best his foster parents have ever seen!  At night, Taraji sleeps like a baby seven to eight hours in his crate or at the foot of his foster mom’s bed.
Taraji gets plenty of time outside and loves to run in open fields chasing birds. This sweet boy also loves to run in large circles, especially around the perimeter of his foster parents’ home. He is not very interested in toys; this guy’s a calm fellow. He rarely barks except when he’s left alone, but when he does bark his foster parents are surprised at how ferocious he sounds! Taraji loves attention and is eager to share his love. He’ll patiently sit on the kitchen floor watching his foster dad cook. He’ll snuggle on his foster mom’s lap while she’s reading or watching television. He is the puppy every child dreams of having – a pup who loves unconditionally and is as cute as a button.
Being the small fellow that he is, Taraji stays close to his foster mom and dad, never letting them out of his sight. He is timid in the company of people he does not know and frightened of unknown dogs big and small. He has not yet encountered a cat. He is cautiously exploring the Jersey Shore but does great walking on a leash.
It is important for potential adopters to understand that 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 one year old and under to enroll their puppy in obedience classes within 60 days of adoption. Taraji is a quick study and should be a star pupil. In fact, he is doing his best at his foster home to learn “sit.” He knows “come,” responds to his name, and is trusted off leash in open spaces. Good boy!
Taraji has done well on car rides, generally falling asleep within a short time. He loves to cuddle on his person’s chest like a baby that needs to burp. He’ll put his front paws around a neck and gently lick a face. This boy is a sweetheart and will surely steal his new family’s heart!
Taraji is fed in the kitchen and tries to clean his bowl every time. He truly wants to grow into his huge white paws so he’ll no longer be frightened by other dogs. He loves to drink a lot of water and to chase ice cubes around his bowl. His behavior at the groomer is unknown, although Taraji’s foster dad bathed him and cleaned his ears and he did well.
An adorable, cuddly pup, Taraji would do great in any forever home that is willing to play with him as he truly is “a man’s best friend.” He will surely make his forever home the happiest home ever – he’ll stick to his people like glue and steal their hearts away.  Taraji is one special Cocker Spaniel.