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Zelda III

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Entered: 12/10/2012
Status: Adopted
Age: 3
Color: Liver/White
Weight: 42 lbs.
Gender: Altered Female
Location: Robenesia, PA
Health: UTD, HW-, epilepsy managed well with medication, overall good health
Temperament: Good with people from toddlers to adults, good with other dogs, unknown with cats

Zelda III's Story . . .

Original:  "Called an angel by everyone, Zelda is a very sweet girl who loves to snuggle and cherishes her belly rubs."

Zelda was surrendered to MAESSR by her New Jersey family because they have three small children and could no longer give Zelda the time and attention she craves and deserves.

Enjoying her foster home with the normal curiosity of a three and a half year old, Zelda is always on the move. She loves to play, whether by herself, chewing on her toys—especially hard rubber bones—or outside in the yard, running after the resident Springer. More than willing to have her people as playmates, Zelda loves playing keep-away when she gets the Frisbee and her foster mom or dad chases her. Zelda initiates play with the resident Springer whenever she can. She also interacts well with all the visitors that come into her foster home. Called an angel by everyone, Zelda is a very sweet girl who loves to snuggle and cherishes her belly rubs.

Housetrained, Zelda indicates her desire to go outside by repeatedly going to the door. She is also crate trained and that is where she stays when her foster family is not at home. At night, she also sleeps in her crate. When she first came into foster care, Zelda would bark when she was left alone, but now the barking is dissipating.

Zelda’s house manners are improving daily. She does counter-surf, but her foster family has been diligently working with her to curb the habit. She also attempts to push the lids off of trash cans but listens to the command to “leave it.” Lounging on the household furniture does not interest Zelda, but she loves to recline on her own bed in the evenings. Not an inappropriate chewer, she just exercises her teeth on her nylabone.

Well-trained, Zelda responds promptly to the commands “sit,” “stay,” “come,” “down,” “paw,” “wait,” “roll over,” and “okay.” That’s quite a repertoire, Zelda! Smart girl! Extremely food motivated, she will do anything for a piece of kibble. She is not food aggressive, though, nor is she possessive over toys. Her food bowl is placed in her crate so that she is comfortable there and so that she can eat at her own pace away from the resident Springer.

Zelda walks well on a leash, especially at a brisk walk. If you slow down, she may pull a little. Her foster family lives in the country so she has not had exposure to anyone on her walks. She also loves to ride in the car although she is restrained there because she gets so excited.

Although her foster family has no experience with Zelda at the groomer, her previous owner reported that she is afraid of clippers, so she was groomed with scissors with no trouble touching her paws or her ears. She actually has no trouble with you touching her anywhere. On her trip to the vet, Zelda was very well behaved and sat right next to her foster family on the bench waiting for their appointment. Overall, the vet found Zelda to be in good health. She has had a full medical workup for her epilepsy and it is being managed successfully by medication. She has had no seizures while in her foster home.

The perfect family Springer, Zelda is a very laid back, relaxed dog who just want to be with her pack. Since she is so affectionate and sweet, Zelda will Velcro herself to new forever family, following them everywhere.