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At A Glance
|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:|
|Entered Foster Care||Fence||Kid Friendly||Another Dog||Cat Friendly|
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.|
Bea arrived here at our home in Chanhassen, MN last night, thanks to the efforts of several wonderful transport volunteers - it was a long trip from IL, but she did fine. She is very sweet, and she has the most beautiful auburn coat! She is currently quite overweight, and has a few health issues, most of which will be alleviated if we can get some of the extra weight off of her, we think. I just had her in to see the vet, and she weighed 135, when she should be 70-80, so I am starting her on a special diet now. She is on two different medications for seizure prevention, two different pain killers, an antibiotic for a skin infection, and ear and eye medicines for double infections - both eyes and both ears. She has been shaved around the neck and around her bottom because of matted fur, and I've continued to trim clumps from her chest and underside. She is going to be so gorgeous after some tlc!
Right now, she can barely get around - cannot do any steps at all, sits down to go potty because she can't squat... so we're starting very slowly with short little walks from one side of the yard to the other, then she lays down and rests, then we get up and walk back. She's only 4, so she could have many many years of good quality life ahead of her still! I think she's probably not herself with all the change she's just been through, and all the medication she's on and everything, so I expect to learn more about her personality in the coming weeks, but so far, she has been extremely mild mannered. I have 8 and 11 year old children, and she has been gentle and sweet with them. She has the golden velcro dog tendencies - always wants to be with her people. Here's a picture of her laying under the hammock to be near my kiddos. She pays no attention to our cat - has looked at him, but never even tried to smell him. I have seen zero resource guarding from her - even with food, zero prey drive when she's seen squirrels, and zero interest in tennis balls or toys. She met two other dogs at the vet today and was pretty indifferent to them - barely gave them a sniff. I think some of these things are bound to change as she gets healthier and less medicated. I'm hopeful that I can help rehabilitate her, so she can get excited, and feel joy, and run and play like a happy, healthy dog. This is a girl with a ton of potential! Stay tuned......