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Robbie 4

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Entered: Originally 05/23/2015; recently 05/22/2022
Status: Adopted
Age: 10; born 05/17/2012
Color: Black/White
Weight: 58 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Catlett, VA
Health: UTD, HW-, prone to ear infections, overall good health
Temperament: Good with adults who approach him slowly, does well with children older than 7, best as an only dog, ignores cats

Robbie 4's Story . . .

Update 06/14/2022: “Ze’ve wants to be in charge and be the only dog in his forever home.”

His foster mom feels Ze’ve really needs to be the only dog in his adoptive family.  Even through the female resident lab tolerates him, he does push the button and they do skirmish.  His former owner concurs reporting that Ze’ve did not do well at dog parks with other dogs either. 


Ze’ve wants to be in charge and be the only dog in his forever home.   

Update 06/10/2022: “This Velcro boy chooses who he wants to belong to.  He has chosen his foster mom as his buddy and stays by her side.” 

Robbie 4, better known for the past seven years as Ze’ve, came back to MAESSR because his owner had medical issues and was not steady on his feet.  His owner did not drive and Ze’ve would ride the train into the city with him and stay under the seat.   Ze’ve must be introduced to people and dogs slowly and doesn’t like someone reaching towards him. Due to the move of his owner to a different condo, Ze’ve has been upset and has nipped at the housekeeper and condo handyman when they reached to pet him; however, neither nip required medical treatment. His owner did not exercise Ze’ve except to walk to the train or throw a toy to fetch. 

Rural Virginia is a huge leap from a large urban environment but Ze’ve is handling the transition fairly well.  He is eating and sleeping well and has found a new best buddy.  Previously, Ze’ve was on a special diet, rather expensive dog food which was the only food he would not throw up according to his owner.  That said, his foster mom finished what was sent with him and gave him some of the resident dog’s food.  Sure enough, he threw up.  So his forever family should keep him on his original kibble.

This Velcro boy chooses who he wants to belong to.  He has chosen his foster mom as his buddy and stays by her side.  If he is tired and he sleeps, he will wake up and look for her.  If he knows she is outside without him, he will bark until she opens the door and lets him out.  He stays around the house and will come when called. He ran after a rabbit and it took ten minutes to get him to leave the area where he lost the rabbit and come home.  He will walk past a cat, though.


There is a 10 year old female lab in his foster home and she and Ze’ve tolerate each other.  If he is next to his foster mom and she comes over, he may growl at her.  They have snapped at each other and now just live together. He allows her to share their mom.


Ze’ve will beg for food and counter-surf and he will jump up on people.  And likes to nap on the couch and sleeps on the floor next to his foster mom in the bedroom.  Previously, he did sleep in the owner’s bed.

Every time Ze’ve goes outside, he urinates close to the front door.  He takes care of his business in the morning when first outside.  Fed twice a day-- a cup of food in the morning and one at dinner, Ze've enjoys his meals and eats as soon as he is fed.  Foster mom actually has increased the amount of food he receives because he is active outside.   He is fed in the kitchen and does not guard his resources or toys.  He is housetrained, too.


Ze’ve rides well in a car and was transported in a crate.  He has the run of the house and does not chew or cause damage.  He can wait for his person to let him outside to urinate.  He walks well on a leash and can be off lead and stays close.  He also comes when one calls him.  Such a good boy!


Ze’ve has been bathed at home along with getting a haircut and nails clipped at home.  He allows his person to touch him all over since he trusts her and she is gentle with him.  He is prone to have ear infections and allows his mom to clean his ears. 


His foster mom would recommend his new family allow him to be the only dog.  He will love his new family and be by their side constantly. He wants to protect his family so will growl at anyone who has a large build or appears threatening.  Otherwise, he is happy to meet friends. 


Bring this senior into your family and you will never regret it.  Seniors like Ze’ve are so special!

Original:   “To make his good boy description official, Robbie has not counter-surfed at all in his foster home and walks nicely on a leash with just a little initial pulling.”

Robbie was surrendered to a shelter by his Pennsylvania owner because he wasn’t getting along with the other dog in the home; the owner felt it was jealousy between the dogs.  And so the lucky fellow became a MAESSR boy!
This young man was very scared in the kennel at the shelter. He would growl at people when they came to the front of his cage, but was perfectly fine once they opened the door and let him out.   He displayed the same behavior in a kennel at the vet's office.  His foster mom crates him to see his reaction and has not noticed any negative behavior.
Robbie does have some nervousness in new situations and with new people.  His foster family has worked with the vet to put him on a mild medication to reduce the anxiety.  It has worked well, and he is now much more comfortable.
Since Robbie was favoring his left foot very slightly, the vet decided to x-ray his hips to determine the cause.    She found some decreased range of motion in his left hip, but no arthritis when the x-rays were checked.   In order to help reduce swelling in his hips and make Robbie more comfortable, he is being given a joint supplement and a NSAID pain reliever.  The vet did not feel that his hip was extremely bad and is hoping that some preventative care will help him feel a lot better for longer.
MAESSR’s handsome guy (take a look at those classic Springer markings!) has wonderful house manners.  He is totally housetrained and crate trained.  To make his good boy description official, Robbie has not counter-surfed at all in his foster home and walks nicely on a leash with just a little initial pulling.
All creatures have their quirks, and Robbie’s is that he does get anxious riding in a car and will occasionally throw up.  His foster mom feels this behavior will improve with more time spent in the car.
Robbie is a very sweet boy who just wants a family to love him.  Why not make it your family?  Open your home to a companion and have a very special Springer by your side for summertime picnics, hikes and fun!!