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Entered: 05/08/2012; re-entered 07/08/2021
Status: Adopted
Age: 9; born 03/27/2012
Color: Black/White
Weight: 61 lbs.
Gender: Altered Female
Location: Springfield, PA
Health: UTD, HW-, benefiting from medication and supplements for arthritis in hips and shoulder, losing to a healthier weight
Temperament: Good with adults but hesitant meeting strangers, good with children but might get too excited around young ones, good with other dogs but hesitant meeting new dogs, has lived peacefully with cats

Lucie's Story . . .

Update 08/09/2021: “Her foster mom notes that Lucie is the daintiest eater she’s ever had!”

Lucie, who came into MAESSR’s care as a puppy named Lorain, was adopted by a family who dearly loved her. When the family faced a divorce, they realized that the best option for Lucie would be to have MAESSR find her a new, loving home.

Now in foster care, Lucie is found to be a sweet and gentle soul. Her foster mom notes that Lucie is the daintiest eater she’s ever had! Her Springer spirit is blossoming as she now “seeks to find” squirrels and rabbits to chase in the fenced-in yard.

In the house Lucie has been very trustworthy: no potty accidents, no counter-surfing, no inappropriate chewing, no aggression or guarding. As a signal to go out she wiggles her tail, nudges her foster mom’s hand, and licks her fingers…the faster she does this, the more urgent the need! This Velcro girl, who loves having her tummy rubbed, allows her foster mom to take items out of her mouth, comb her fur, and wipe her paws. She is kind and patient with the resident cats. She previously lived with two cats and even slept with them. She also lived with another dog.

Lucie does not need a crate and did not use one in her previous home. She is allowed to get up on the sofa and she sleeps in her own bed next to her foster mom’s bed. Commands that Lucie responds to are: “sit,” “wait,” “come,” “stay,” and “no.”

A good girl at the vet, Lucie passed with flying colors! Her bloodwork was all within normal ranges. Since she was a puppy, Lucie has had a limp. She now has arthritis and takes a medication plus some supplements to help her joints. A little chunky, the vet suggested she lose five to seven pounds; this also will help with her joint health. Already this girl is running short sprints after the furry outdoor critters.

On walks Lucie uses a harness and is a stop-and-go stroller. She does not pull unless she spots a rabbit but will obey the command “no” or “stay.” When meeting people and other dogs on walks Lucie is a bit hesitant. Reportedly she was a bit leery of little dogs. In the car she is a very good passenger.

Thunderstorms and fireworks frighten Lucie. For fun, aside from keeping the yard free of critters, Lucie will play with toys when her foster mom instigates the activity.

Lucie has settled in and is progressing nicely in her foster home. This sweet girl is hoping soon to join her forever family…which could include another dog and kitties.


Update 06/12/12: "Lorain continues to be the brave puppy of the pack!"

At a recent vet visit, each littermate of the adorable puppy four-pack was altered and received all but the rabies vaccine. By law, this is not permitted until the pups are 12 weeks old.

CAUTION: As one visualizes the following, it is guaranteed to invoke an, "Awww..." response. All of the puppies sleep together in their crate at night and they are crated together while their foster mom is at work. Additionally, they eat in their crate, so this is a "happy" place for them.

Housetraining is coming along very nicely for this litter because they are very smart! First thing in the morning, when the puppies are left out of their crate, they run to the puppy pad to take care of business. The puppy pad is near the door so, if their foster mom was fast enough to get them outside and into the yard, they would definitely do their duties outside. With consistent and routine training they will be housetrained in no time. Supervision is still needed during playtime but most of the time they will stop their play, run to the puppy pad, and then quickly get back to playing.

The puppies also have a crate with soft sides that they play in. Since they have mastered the flapping door on it, their foster mom thinks that they could easily figure out how to use a doggie door if their adopting homes should have them; this will surely help with their housetraining.

Lorain continues to be the brave puppy of the pack! This little girl also is the "springiest" of the bunch and still fears nothing; she will run and jump over anything that is in her way! Lo-lu will steal toys from the adult resident dogs and even bark back at them when one of them tries to reprimand her......nobody is going to be "her" boss! This little girl will surely excel in her puppy obedience class.

Stay tuned for more updates on this sweet girl's progress.

Original:  "Lorain is a little bundle of 'puppy perfection!'  This little darling is a ball of fire and sets out to conquer the world."

Pups in need of homes can pop up in some of the most unexpected places. When a MAESSR volunteer spotted an ad for four Springer puppies on an Ohio recycling website, she checked them out. Their owners were not sure who the "dad" was but the mother of the unplanned litter was their full Springer. The volunteer took them home. With becoming MAESSR dogs, they will be assured of loving, suitable, and committed forever families.

Lorain is a little bundle of "puppy perfection!" This little darling is a ball of fire and sets out to conquer the world. Lo-lu, as her foster mom calls her, is absolutely fearless! This little girl will spot something that she wants and will climb all over the adult resident dogs to get where she needs to be and to get whatever it is that she wants, whether it be a toy or a biscuit! She might be a little girl, but she is also the "leader of the pack" with her three brothers...and when she wants to play, well the boys had just better be ready!

If you are interested in adopting Lorain, be aware 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 an obedience class within 60 days of adoption.

Springer puppies like Lorain are cute bundles of joy and ENERGY! Make sure your family is ready to commit to the training and exercising that comes with owning a Springer pup. It's a lifetime responsibility. She deserves the best!

Watch for more on Lorain as her personality unfolds even more!