Likes: Playing with Amy, going for car rides and walkies with Mommy!
Pet-Peeves: Strange men
Favorite Toy: She likes soft toys best
Favorite Food: the fresh foods we add to her kibble, like ground turkey or cottage cheese!
Favorite Walk: Around the hospital where I work, or on one of the trails I take her on in El Dorado Hills!
Best Tricks: An automatic sit we are working on, "say please by sitting" style!
Arrival Story: I grabbed her and two of her pups out of hwy 193 in Cool two weeks ago. I posted fliers, found the owners, and returned the dogs after telling them that they needed to keep the dogs out of the road and leaving them with my phone number should they find they couldn't keep the mother dog (many people will discard the mother and keep a pup...). I learned that she is one year old and has had no medical care, no shots, is not spayed and had a litter of 10 pups after her first heat. She has never had heartworm preventative. She has always lived outside. When I originally found her, she was filthy, covered with ticks, and had no tags on (same with the pups).
Then, two weeks later, I got a phone call saying that first, she was lost again and had been gone for four days, and second, if she could be found, they wanted to "get rid of her" because they couldn't keep her from running off. I told them to call the local vet to see if a found dog had been reported and said I would check the area shelters for the dog. 15 minutes later they called back and said she had been reported at the vet, and the lady who found her was bringing her back right then.... and they offered her to me! I immediately raced to their house to pick up this dog...
From now on, she is a dog who is a member of the family... her life will be filled with love, affection, dog-friendly training, walkies, cookies, toys, dogs who love to play with her, hiking, car rides, and lots of other fun doggie things! She is now an indoor doggie, a doggie who sleeps on a chair in the bedroom, a doggie who discovered that a drive-thru is a place where she gets a burger patty, and doggie who is learning that she is loved and cherished...
I never stopped thinking about her after I returned her to her previous owners, and I feel like it is such a miracle that they actually called me and offered me their dog. I am just so amazed and thankful to be blessed with this wonderful dog... thank you God!
Bio: The people I adopted her from say that Autumn is a pure bred German Shepherd, with one parent being a black and tan GSD and the other a white GSD. Autumn herself is a pumpkin colored dog with some white fur here and there. Other than the unusual coat color, she does seem GSD, especially her head, ears, movement, and mannerisms. When I originally picked her up out of the road, I thought she was definitely a mix... and she may be, although they insisted she was a GSD. Anyway, for fun, I plan to eventually have her DNA tested just to see what my wonderful Autumn dog is made of. Update: I did have her DNA tested and she is: 1/2 German Shepherd, 1/4 Pharaoh Hound (that's why she is orange!) and 1/4 German Shorthaired Pointer! Also, less than 3% English Cocker Spaniel and Greater Swiss Mountain dog!
Guess what! Me and my Doggie Friend, Karly, are both learning the trick "high five"! Our Mommies are friends and they walk us together, along with my doggie fur sister Amy. Amy already knows high five, and now me and Karly are going to learn it too!
Today me and Amy got to walk with Mommy and her friend Judie, and Judie's doggie Karly! Mommy made me wear my Gentle Leader head collar though, which is not my favorite, but she doesn't like me to pull her real hard, so I guess it's okay. She had knee surgery recently, so it hurts her knee when I pull her down hill.
We walked up lots of hills, and we went more than 4 miles! It was so pretty in Judie's neighborhood and we walked and walked, and when we got home, we were tired!
Can't wait till we get to walk with Judie and Karly again, they are sweet and fun and I love them!
So, I will have to write something fun today! Fun things that have happened lately:
Mommy and I went on a 4 mile walk yesterday, and I met and greeted doggies, and I am getting less shy with people! I greeted a Strange Man and let him pet me! Then I greeted more random people and they got to pet me too!
I met two Aussies like Amy while out on my walk. I thought that their Dad and my Mommy should let us all off leash so we could play. No idea why they didn't do that. Humans are weird sometimes.
Mommy said she was talking to one of her friends, and they are making plans to take ME and her friends' doggies to the dog park!! YAY!!
Yesterday Mommy had her last physical therapy appointment, and we were planning to walk right after that, so I was in the car waiting for her. She came out and got me…. and we went into her PT office! They wanted to meet me! I was sorta shy but said Hi to two people and Mommy was very proud. Then we did our walkie and I was Happy Dog!