Likes: Rosie liked her pack best, her humans, cats and dogs
Pet-Peeves: if a group of us were on a walk and split up, she didn't like that
Favorite Toy: she wasn't much into toys but played with a tennis ball just to please me
Favorite Food: not fussy in the least
Favorite Walk: yet another dog that was crazy about squirrels
Best Tricks: she could communicate with me almost as well as if she could talk
Arrival Story: For some strange reason, here was this beautiful, mature, intelligent pure bred GSD without a home. People moved into an apartment or something. My brother found out she was basically living the life of a prisoner in a small kennel and asked if I would take her. We drove a thousand miles with our other dog, Max, to have a look at her and see if they would get along. Then we drove back home with her.
Bio: Rosie did a lot of amazingly smart things during the short time we had her. Probably about 5 years. One thing in particular was one night, I was coming home from my night shift in the dark. It was 30 below outside. My first duty was to let the dogs out to pee. It was pitch dark out. I came in the front door and was sending my dogs down the stairs to go out the basement door. Rosie would not do it. Instead she was making pitiful little noises and looking at the front door. By then I knew her well enough to pay attention. I opened the front door and there was Fuzzy, my cat, who had snuck out when I walked in. Had Rosie not "told" me that, Fuzzy would have frozen to death that night. She was a housecat and that was totally out of character for her to do that.
Whenever Rosie misbehaved, she had good reason to in her mind. She was smart enough to make those decisions.
It was fun to watch Rosie and Max play fight. They would spend some time doing that almost every day until she got too old. And Fuzzy the cat loved her. A couple of times we caught Fuzzy sleeping on Rosie's tail. Rosie was totally smitten by Peaches, the cat (the feeling wasn't mutual) and would follow her everywhere until Peaches would settle down.
What a dog she was.
I just want to thank everyone who has given me one of those cakes. We tried to thank everyone personally, but we just cannot keep track! The cakes don't stay in the same order when we go to my page. So we cannot just go down the line and respond to each one. We would end up missing some and thanking some twice! Anyhow, thank you to all my friends and know that it was appreciated.