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Scarlett 6

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Entered: 11/12/2022
Status: Adopted
Age: 6
Color: Liver/White
Weight: 49 lbs.
Gender: Altered Female
Location: York, SC
Health: UTD, HW-, receiving a supplement to help with anxiety as she adjusts to her new life, overall good health
Temperament: Good with adults, unknown with children, great with other dogs, unknown with cats

Scarlett 6's Story . . .

Original: “She is gentle, eager to please but very anxious as living life as a beloved household member is all new to her.”

Scarlett came from a Virginia breeder and was relinquished to MAESSR when she no longer could become pregnant.

At 6 ½ years old it is time for Scarlett to be retired from being a mom and learn how to be loved, feel safe and enjoy life. Scarlett is best described as a soft soul. She is gentle, eager to please but very anxious as living life as a beloved household member is all new to her. A supplement in the morning and evening helps with her anxiety and needs to be continued as she moves from foster care to her new home. 

Although she has not been exposed to cats or children, Scarlet gets along with the three resident Springers in her foster home. Young children would probably be too much for her. Men make her anxious and they need to approach her calmly and slowly.  

Scarlett has had no accidents in the house and will trot nervously around the house when she needs to go outside and whines at the door when ready to come in. She sleeps in her crate at night and is crated when her foster parents are not home. “Load up” is her cue to get in her crate and, please, don’t forget the “good girl” cookie!

Scarlett eats in her crate. Her foster parents feed her kibble topped with a few tablespoons of wet food to spur on her appetite. Treats are good and softly taken from her person’s hand.

Toys are something new to Scarlett.  She is interested in them but has not yet played with them. She enjoys being in the fenced yard with the resident Springers, running, playing and checking out the wildlife. She is not trusted off leash and would more than likely run out of fear. She comes when her foster mom calls her; however, when her foster dad calls her, she does not come to him—just near him. With time and patience and love from her foster parents, Scarlett will lose her fear of men.

For a former kennel dog, Scarlett’s house manners are very good. She likes to lie at her foster mom’s feet.  She does not chew inappropriately but will put her paws on the counter if there is some yummy smelling food up there. Having the king of dumpster diving and counter-surfing as a resident Springer, the trash can is safely tucked away and food items are not left on the counter.

Foster mom has snuggle time on the couch with her Springers and Scarlett will only join in when invited.  All four Springer share TV time in bed for more snuggles, love, and hugs.  It may be crowded but everyone loves this together time!  Foster mom is guilty of lifting Scarlett up on the bed for a nap, just the two of them. Please keep in mind all of this is new for her. Being in the house, stairs, snuggles, love, playing and being allowed to be a happy dog are all new.

Scarlett’s foster parents have been working with her on name recognition and coming when called.  Mostly, they just shower Scarlett with love, pets, snuggles, and making her feel safe. She is a little Houdini when it comes to getting out of her collar, so harnesses have been tried. She quickly chewed through harnesses, so her foster parents are back paying close attention to her collar.

When Scarlett went for her vet appointment, the vet and vet techs all loved her and said she was the sweetest. She allowed them to perform her exam and vaccines without any issues.

Scarlett is a work in progress and her new family needs to continue to help her confidence grow. Scarlett would benefit from training classes to help her bond with her new family, grow in confidence and feel safe, secure and loved. A home with small children would be too much for her to handle. She would be fine as an only dog or with resident dogs.  If you have room in your heart for this soft soul and are willing to invest time, she will pay you back with love. She is truly a gift!

Miss Scarlett is a true joy. Watching her blossom and her sweet personality evolve is the true meaning of rescue.