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Entered: 08/22/2015
Status: Adopted
Age: 3
Color: Black/White
Weight: 52 lbs.
Gender: Altered Female
Location: Goochland, VA
Health: UTD, HW+ and continuing the slow kill method of treatment, treatment for Lyme disease complete
Temperament: Good with people as young as 10, living well with 8 resident dogs, unknown with cats

Tig's Story . . .

Original:  Tig walks very well on the lead and it did not take very long before she was walking to heel...woohoo!
Tig was found wandering in a rural area of Virginia and was trapped by the local animal control officer.  During her “stray” hold, she impressed the shelter staff as being “the SWEETEST girl.”   When no one claimed this gal, MAESSR was contacted to help with her. MAESSR knew she was not a purebred springer, but she was definitely a spaniel, so they agreed to take her.
Since arriving at her foster home, Tig has been a wonderful houseguest and gets on very well with the 4 humans and 8 dogs there! She must have been a housetrained dog in the past and stands by the door when she wants to go out. She will also “sit” and “lie down” to command. When her family goes out or to bed, she is comfortable in her crate with little fuss. She is fed there too. She does not counter-surf but does sit on the couch when an invitation comes her way.  What nice manners!    
Tig walks very well on the lead and it did not take very long before she was walking to heel...woohoo!   She does get distracted by other dogs when out on walks, but she can be easily controlled.
Tig is a young dog with a lot of energy, despite having several treatable health issues to overcome. One is heartworm disease.  To treat this, her vet has recommended the “slow-kill” method which involves giving the infected dog monthly Heartgard tabs over the course of a year.  (Doxyclycline therapy is sometimes done as part of the treatment as well.)  This can be done in an adopting home.  At the end of the year, the dog is re-tested for heartworms.  MAESSR will supply the medication to the dog’s 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 another year of treatment if the dog is still heartworm positive.
When the time comes, Tig’s forever owners probably will need to be prepared to be active with her.  In the meantime, know she is blessed to have come into great care and will share her progress along the way.  Check back for more on this beautiful Virginian!