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Carmen Miranda

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Entered: 06/15/2014
Status: Adopted
Age: 5 Months
Color: Liver/White Spanish Water Dog
Weight: 23 lbs.
Gender: Altered Female
Location: Landenberg, PA
Health: UTD, too young for HW test, healthy puppy
Temperament: Good with people of all ages, good with other dogs, good with cats

Carmen Miranda's Story . . .
Original:  “Carmen is an incredibly sweet, gentle, and loving puppy.”

A Spanish Water Dog, Carmen Miranda came to MAESSR as a result of a kennel closing in Maryland.   SWDs are a rare breed in the US and are medium-sized, multipurpose dogs often used for herding sheep, cattle, and goats or as fishermen’s helpers in their native country. These particular dogs are normally not brushed; instead, their corded coats are clipped once or twice a year.

Carmen is an incredibly sweet, gentle, and loving puppy.  She is wonderful with all beings-- 2-legged and 4-legged.  She particularly loves the resident dog and cats in her foster home. The cats seem to really like her as well. She is also wonderful with children.

Although she is not completely housetrained, Carmen is close to achieving this milestone.  Her foster parents are teaching her to use bells to indicate when she needs to go out as the resident dog does.   She is already crate trained and sleeps there contentedly at night and when her foster family is out of the house.  She is already developing good house manners and does no counter-surfing.  Good girl!  She is also a good passenger in the car.

Very athletic and extremely intelligent, Carmen enjoys playing and she loves her toys and the family’s socks. Although she plays hard, she is capable of relaxing and is a good sleeper.  This little girl already knows the commands “no jump,” “come,” “want to go outside,” and clapping for meals.  Her foster parents are currently teaching her to “sit” and “stand.”   Carmen is getting better on leash walks and she greatly prefers her harness to her collar.  Currently, the person walking her cannot pull on the leash too much or she will just sit or lie down.  Please note 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 under 1 year old to enroll their puppy in obedience classes within 60 days of adoption.  Carmen Miranda will be at the head of her class!

During her visit to the vet, Carmen was initially timid but came around and became social.  She is fine with her nails being cut and having her ears cleaned.  Such a good puppy!

Soon, Carmen Miranda will be ready for a forever home of her own.  Will it be yours?