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    Tilly 3

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    Entered: 08/27/2013
    Status: Adopted
    Age: 5
    Color: Liver/White
    Weight: 43.7 lbs.
    Gender: Altered Female
    Location: Fayetteville, WV
    Health: UTD, HW-, healthy weight achieved, dental and wart removal complete, treatment for giardia complete
    Temperament: Good with adults, has met children as young as 10 with ease, good with other dogs,
    Temp. Cont.: mild interest in crated kitties





    Tilly 3's Story . . .
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    Update 11/09/2013:  The second time Tilly got snapped at.  Her reaction was simply to back step to her foster mom’s side where she sat down quietly……..good girl! “
     
    Motherhood suited Miss Tilly.  She reluctantly weaned her pups later than many doting mommas but, once they were on their way to adopting families, she didn’t look back.  She began to gain weight and linger outdoors for off leash time in the yard.  She took interest in the resident and foster dogs in her home and quickly proved to be a great wrestling partner for the youngest of the pack. 

    When it came time for Tilly to be spayed, a dental was done too.  There were no extractions but tartar that was beginning to irritate her gums was removed, leaving shiny teeth and fresher breath.  A small wart was also removed.  It hadn’t bothered Tilly but was in a location that could be easily snagged during regular grooming.  She sailed through recovery without a hitch and only experienced one setback…... a bout with giardia.  Medication resolved that intestinal problem and she’s feeling and looking great.  Her coat in growing out from the shave-down she had upon arrival.  It’s very dark liver and has a beautiful wave to it.  She’s a gal who can turn heads!
     
    Tilly remains just as sweet as the day she arrived in foster care.  One evening in the vet’s office really put a point on her social skills.  There were emergencies in the hospital that evening so the wait stretched to 2 hours.  The lobby was full of people of all sizes, as well as their dogs and cats of all sizes and manners.  Tilly particularly noticed another young female springer and politely stepped forward to say “hi.”  She was rebuffed but tried one more well-mannered approach.  The second time Tilly got snapped at.  Her reaction was simply to back step to her foster mom’s side where she sat down quietly……..good girl!  She was mildly interested in crated cats that evening but didn’t strain to check them out.  A timid, toy breed sat 2 feet from Tilly on its owner’s lap for quite a while.  She seemed to sense that he was not at ease and didn’t press to make his acquaintance.  The opportunities she didn’t pass up were meeting 2 11 year-olds, a boy and a girl who each gave her lots of lovins. 
     
    Tilly eagerly steps into anyone's hands and looks adoringly into faces.  She's a gem and will bring endless joy to her adopting family! 
     
    Original:  “Though spending most of her time in the nursery, Tilly has taken moments to stop at her foster mom’s feet.  She looks up with a soft, dreamy expression and seemingly says “thank you.”
     
    Miss Tilly is an incredibly sweet, gentle and loving Springer who has been devoted to her litter of mixed-breed puppies.   With support from her foster family, other MAESSR vols and 2 vets, she’s doing her very best to see the pups through to stability and better health.  Tilly herself appears to be in good health; however, she was homeless and very underweight when she whelped.  Fortunately, a Good Samaritan took her and the pups to a West Virginia shelter when the newborns were 3 days old.  Since the shelter had no nursery, the family was housed with the general population before being listed on Petfinder.   As soon as MAESSR became aware of them, assistance was offered and graciously accepted.
     
    Once in foster care, the needs of this family were simple………….keep all safely nested, clean, warm, nourished, wormed, and watched carefully.  Tilly has been vigilant in doing her part and the pups are headed in the right direction.  They will be introduced to the MAESSR community once all are weaned, a mini-milestone for any litter. 
     
    Tilly has been a dream to work with.  She hasn’t raised an eyebrow as her pups have been weighed, wormed, and handled daily to receive meds.  She herself was matted to the skin and accepted being away from her family for many, short home grooming sessions.  Nothing of her beautiful coat could be salvaged but she’s already growing new fur.  She’s gained weight and will be ideal with a few more pounds added.
     
    Though spending most of her time in the nursery, Tilly has taken moments to stop at her foster mom’s feet.  She looks up with a soft, dreamy expression and seemingly says “thank you.”  She knows she’s landed in a good place.   The best days are ahead for this family.  Keep fingers crossed for everyone’s progress……………...