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Rose 6

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Entered: 07/10/2021
Status: Adopted
Age: 6
Color: Liver/White
Weight: 47 lbs.
Gender: Altered Female
Location: Goochland, VA
Health: UTD, HW-, removal of a cyst on her back complete
Temperament: Good with people of all ages, somewhat fearful of certain dogs and cats

Rose 6's Story . . .

Original:  “This sweetie loves human interaction.  She openly approaches new people and loves the attention she receives.“


Rose was relinquished to MAESSR by a Maryland breeder who developed serious health issues and was unable to care for her.  Rose was kept in the house with her owner so she was socialized to human contact. 

Since she came directly from the breeder, this sweet little girl really needed a bath. Rose was very cooperative and seemed to enjoy being bathed in the kiddie pool outside.  She walked right in, sat down, and was so relaxed while getting scrubbed.  Next, her foster mom’s neighbor clipped her overgrown nails. Again, Rose was so trusting.  She rested on the grass without a fuss and allowed her pedicure to proceed. 


Actually going to the groomer for the first time was quite the adventure for Rose.  Judging from Rose’s reactions, her foster mom doubts whether she had ever been groomed before.  The groomer said once Rose was placed on the table, she flattened herself out and was stressed in this new situation.  She was scared by the sound of the blow dryer and having her hair cut around her face and head.  In time Rose will become more comfortable with having her hair professionally cut.   She’ll adjust.  Oh, the price one must pay for beauty!

After just two weeks in foster care, Rose has free run of the house even when her foster family is out.  She is reliably housetrained and crate trained, having no accidents or inappropriate chewing.  Good girl, Rose!  She is very happy and excited when the foster family returns.  Initially, she was crated in the master bedroom at night.  This arrangement didn’t thrill her so the crate door was opened, she walked around, settled down, and slept all night.  Now the crate has been removed from the bedroom and Rose sleeps happily on her bed on the floor.  She initially tried to get up on the bed and couch but was told “no” and got down, accepting this rule.


Rose’s first vet visit went very well.  She was calm during the exam and while getting all her shots/tests.  The vet examined the golf ball size cyst on her back and decided it should be removed when she is spayed.  Her right ear was a little inflamed and itchy so she was prescribed some salve to resolve this. 


Although initially shy about meals, Rose now eats directly from her bowl twice a day with no problem.  Since she likes her treats, she is easily trained.  “Down” and “off” were quickly added to her command repertoire of “sit” and “shake.”  When first going for a walk, Rose has a tendency to pull on the leash then eases up after a few minutes.  She’s getting better but needs work.  She also likes to put her paws up on her foster mom who is trying to stop this behavior with the command “off.”  This is a work in progress!  Something she is now a pro at is riding in the car, something she really enjoys.  At first, she wanted to jump in the front seat but now she stays in the back looking out the window and enjoying the ride. 


Rose is learning about toys probably for the first time in her life.  At first, she didn’t quite know what to make of them.  Now when a family member throws a ball, she runs, grabs it, and returns the ball.  Good girl. 


This sweetie loves human interaction.  She openly approaches new people and loves the attention she receives.  Rose thinks there is nothing better than massages behind her ears, belly rubs, pats on the head, and hugs and kisses.  A Velcro Springer, Rose follows her foster mom wherever she goes.  She has met numerous neighborhood children with no issues. 


Meeting new dogs is a little more challenging.  The first week she growled and bared her teeth at two particular dogs but didn’t do it to all dogs she met during the same time period.  Now when meeting new dogs, the foster family is vigilant about her behavior and tries to distract her and correct her before things escalate.  As time goes on, she is getting more confident and less fearful when meeting new dogs. 


Rose met the neighbor’s cat who felt Rose got a little too close and swatted her with his paw.  Rose backed off as it really got her attention.  When the neighbor put the cat on the ground, Rose slowly approached it-- but not too close this time!. 


Every day brings a new experience for Rose.  This sweet and lovable girl has really settled into her foster home.  Rose could settle into your home as well, blooming for you.