Sex: Female Weight: 51-100 lbs
|Home:Mullica Hill, South Jersey, NJ |
Leave a bone for The Roses, 11/98-6/15/11
Dogster stats for The Roses, 11/98-6/15/11
Miss Girl, The Roses, Pretty-pretty Roses, Ladygirl, Ms. Lady, Smiddles
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Herding things (including us!) and eating
Separation of the pack, diets
Anything that squeaks
whatever hits the floor
Wherever her family is.
Pretty paws, find it, howling to firehouse siren
Roses suddenly appeared in the neighborhood one day, 7 years ago, bony and digging through trash. She clearly had just given birth to pups, but we never found them. The neighbors and local animal control think she was dumped off without them. She was terrified, especially of men. I put out some food and staked her out, eventually she came to eat. Painstaking hours of feeding and getting closer went by. She was starving and disoriented, and almost was flattened by a speeding van at one point. We ran out of food, and an angel of a man stopped and offered to get us more at the store up the road. He returned with jerky, and we were able to get a lead around her neck. She'd had an imbedded collar at some point, so she was someone's at one time. It took a while but we were able to get her loaded into the car. She didn't know how to go up and down stairs, and was basically feral. She was bleeding and oozing all sorts of gross fluids onto my rugs for weeks, but after a few good baths and some time, she became the precious housepet that everyone loves and wants. Roses was taken from us by a terrible disease called degenerative myelopathy on June 15, 2011. She was only 11 and should have had some good years to bless our family. She was an absolute angel with our little daughter, loved and educated puppies, became a therapy dog at the nursing home where I worked for years. Her loss is devastating and she is irreplaceable. Her passion, loyalty, love, and tireless devotion to her task will be forever burned into my heart.
Miss Roses came a long way, from practically wild to being our Rin-tin-tin. Roses guards her home and family faithfully, but she is very discerning about what is a threat and what isn't. She is gentle as a kitten and fierce as a lion when threatened. She once fought off a very aggressive dog that dragged his owner out the front door and across the road, and jumped on our senior siberian husky. Roses slipped her collar off her head, whirled around, and lit into that dog and fended him off until the neighbor could corral her wild beast. She also can be safely walked by 2 year olds, and you can take anything right out of her mouth. This dog is truly a diamond, and I will never have such an outstanding pet as she is ever again. Mild hip dysplasia slows her down a bit, and her weight is a daily battle. She also has gotten lyme disease a few times, despite frontline and that silly vaccine that did nothing to protect her. So her health is always something we are watching, but she is energetic and playful for the most part, and the most loving and genuinely concerned dog ever. She worries way too much about everyone else, and guards the underdog (or cat, or person) in every situation. What a special lady! UPDATE 9-2010 The Roses is now a CGC and therapy dog, bringing joy to many lonely hearts at the nursing and retirement home where I work. What an awesome dog.
My laws, y\'all keep me busy!
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|March 27th 2006
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