We are calling this little girl "Minnie" Pearl. She is a Cocker Spaniel/Golden Retriever mix and is a petite girl. She is a little wider than she should be and will be going on a diet and getting lots of exercise to help her regain her girlish figure. The shelter had named her Rusty, but I think that's a boy's name, plus she doesn't answer to it, and she comes running when we call "Minnie."
She is an adult dog with a little white around the brows. Her teeth are pretty good with very little tartar, so I'm guessing maybe 7 or so, though we should get a better idea when she visits the vet. Minnie is a little nervous around other dogs and would prefer to be the only dog. She loves to be petted and will roll right over to have her tummy rubbed. She runs all over the yard without a huff or a puff and yet is small enough she could easily fit into any size house and yard. She doesn't chew on anything except dog bones and is pretty easy to have share your home.
We've been enjoying having a short dog in the house -- no counter surfing, easy to step over, takes up less room on the couch, lots of benefits to a smaller dog. Minnie loves to be petted and can scoot between the bigger dogs to push her way to the front to be petted or jumps right up to snuggle next to you on the couch. When meeting a new dog, Minnie is a little nervous and makes some noise to let them know to not hurt her. Once she realizes they aren't going to hurt her, she is fine. She is so funny, when two of mine start in their loud doggy play, she is right over there trying to break it up to bring peace back to the household. Otherwise, when they all bolt out the door to run in the backyard, she is right with them. I think Minnie would be fine in a house with another dog, but so enjoys her attention, that she would probably prefer to be the sole dog so she can get all the attention. I haven't really had her around a lot of little kids and she is a stray so we don't know if she lived with little kids previously or not. She does love her chew toys and bones (also will find socks if you leave them lying around) but will let me take anything away from her without any problem. We have been having a little problem with her thinking that carpet is grass. She is completely housetrained when on linoleum and tile -- can last the whole work day, but for some reason when she is on carpet, she seems to think she is on grass and outside. We will be working on that more (now that I have a little more time). She will make a wonderful companion for someone that just wants a nice dog to keep them company.
Minnie Pearl was adopted last night by the "G" family where she will get to be the recipient of all the petting and attention, which should make her one happy girl.
|I wanted to let RAGOM know that yesterday our beloved Minnie Pearl passed away. She'd been having more troubles with her lower spine, hips, stomach & just stopped eating.
She will be very missed. The vets & staff at PetCrossing in Bloomington were fantastic.
You found a great dog for us, thanks!!