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ROCKETTE

ROCKETTE
NOT Available For Adoption
Gender: Female
Color: Black w/Rust
Age: 8 yrs.
WT: 97 lbs.(overweight)
Ears: Cropped
Tail: Docked
Altered: Spayed
Micro Chipped: Home Again
House Trained: Yes
Good with other dogs.
Ignores the cat.
Good with older children.

The pictures of this dear senior Dobergirl show her to be significantly overweight at the moment.  She came back to us after a year in a home that proved not to be a good fit, and during which she went from eighty to one hundred pounds!  Sometimes humans tend to eat more to relieve stress; maybe it’s a dog thing in this case, too.  And maybe her humans overfed her in their attempts to make the relationship work.

In almost every case across the spectrum of dogs, they just want to please their owners and be happy.  That’s certainly so with Rockette.  And adopters just want to have a loving, loyal companion.  But sometimes, despite the best hopes of both, a particular dog and family combination just don’t communicate well for some reason, and the family and dog both end up frustrated.  That seems to have been the case here.

As is always done, she was examined by our vet upon return.  The exam went well, and the vet said she is sweet, easy to examine, and did well with that and having radiographs done.  She has a bit of arthritis in her lower ankles, but her knees and hips are in great shape for her age.

Her owner also spoke about her whining.  By our considered observation, it was probably because she was in pain.  Now that she's on pain medication and anti-inflammatory meds she's fine - no hint of whining anymore.  We think the arthritis was hurting her a lot and she had no way to tell other than whining.

Whatever the case, she’s back with us now, awaiting a new home as we give her plenty of exercise and manage her diet toward the goal of getting her “on the road” (literally!) to normal weight.  It’ll take a while, and her new family will need to continue with walking exercise and diet control once she’s adopted.    

In her long-ago life, prior to coming to us the first time, she apparently was over bred rather than over fed, so this dear girl is truly overdue for some specialized attention and care.

Volunteer comments:
    “She likes to play with the water hose and playfully tries to bite at the water as it comes out.  She will also chase the stream around.  It’s lots of fun for us both!  She likes to be petted and is a very sweet girl.  Even though she's dealing with her weight and her arthritis, she enthusiastically powers through it and plays anyway.”

    “Rockette is a big girl that needs to lose some weight, but looking beyond her weight, you will find a super-sweet girl.  She loves giving and receiving attention.  She can be a little shy as her first impression, but let her build trust in you and she is a friend for life.  She has very "soft eyes" when you look at her that just show how much love she has to give.  Despite her size, she still has a healthy energy level.  She wants to do things and be by your side.  She’s also good on the leash.  It’s easy to see that when the weight comes off, she will be a star visually as well as the star companion she already is!”


And here’s how she was described in her original profile a year ago:
   “Despite being a senior, she's very agile and just thrives on having someone spend time with her and on playing with other dogs.  Our volunteers comment that she is sweet, listens well, comes when called, and even tries to put her head in the leash she’s so happy to be going with you!  The fact is, this Rockette is still a high kicker - lovely to watch, a joy to know, inspiring in her good will, and an attentive and loving companion.”

She's still a sweet girl who just wants to be close to someone.  She walks gently on leash, and apart from her being significantly overweight, shows little indication of her age.  Even with that, she happily runs and plays and is active.

If you think this oversized bundle of love may be a match for your family, and if you can take the time to give her regular walking exercise as she slims down, make an appointment to meet her once your application is approved, and come spend a bit of time getting acquainted with her.  Someone has a loving heart and well-matched home for this dear girl; maybe it’s you.

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