Hope is a very special girl, who has come a very long way in a short time. She led a rough life, up until the time she was 6 months old, and tossed---like so much trash---into a rock quarry in an attempt to drown her. This experience left her withdrawn and fearful, catatonic really, but she fought her way back. With the help of a magical Pack of rescued dogs and cats in her foster home, Hope emerged a new dog. A very happy, wild, busy, smart and athletic dog.
Hope has grown into a very solid, 60 pound young adult, but she does have some special considerations. She has allergies that manifest themselves as skin related issues. She requires special food, and 50 mg of Benadryl 3x/day. Despite all this, she does occasionally require a stronger medicine to manage her flare-ups. Hope does not let this get her down, and she is truly one of the happiest dogs we have ever seen.
As mentioned earlier, Hope has become a happy, busy, energetic and nosey little girl. This makes her a lot of fun, but also means she requires a very attentive human to keep her out of trouble. When left to her own devices, she has been known to chew things that were not intended to be chewed, and the really bad part is that she will swallow small pieces. This resulted in one very scary trip to the vet, even when it was believed that the foster home was “Hope proofed“. Hope is very content to nap on the couch and behave like a good girl the majority of the time, but the potential is there for her to get a wild hair, as she “helps” assemble a new gadget or hook up a new T.V. by disposing of the small parts (in an unnatural way) while your back is turned.
Hope follows the “I Have Never Met A Stranger” philosophy and applies it to all of the species she has met thus far, except maybe horses---they get her pretty excited. She spends time in her crate very willingly, resting quietly even when the rest of the household is free to move about with the humans. With some reminders, and a knowledgeable handler, Hope walks well on a leash, and has quickly picked up a few obedience commands. She is potty-trained and spends the night sleeping with the rest on her Pack, piled in a bed. When the humans are not around, Hope must be crated to avoid any “snacking“, but she is very happy to stay in her crate. She rides well in the car but is very vocal about it out of excitement. Children make her Woo-Woo with pleasure (Hope doesn’t actually bark so much as talk, and she has a lot to say when she is happy). However, due to her energy level, small children would need to be introduced very carefully. Hope’s inclination is to get very excited and climb, lick, nibble, and hug when new humans of all sizes enter her life. She does calm down around the people who are “constants“ in her life, but out in the community, she is overcome with joy and can get too “enthusiastic“ about expressing it.
Hope is athletic and smart, and seeks out people to play with her or teach her new things. Hope requires a lot of opportunities for daily exercise, even if it is just playing fetch in a fenced in yard, or wrestling with other dogs. Hope does not do well if left alone for long periods of time every day. She has a very developed sense of smell, and an unhealthy love for squirrels, so she is not a candidate for off leash strolls. She has been introduced to very, very basic Frisbee and agility play, and if she decides she wants to pursue these sports, she has the athletic ability and intelligence to go far.
Although Hope loves to play with other dogs and lives peacefully with cats, she is a whirlwind and her social skills have been greatly influenced by her time with a group of very tolerant animals. The that comprise her Foster Family are some of the most indulgent creatures ever to walk the planet. Hope’s role as a weak puppy set the stage for her relationship with the rest of The Pack and that has carried over as Hope has become a young adult. She gets away with MURDER from the cats and the dogs alike. Hope likes to wrestle---with dogs or cats---for hours on end. Although she never means to hurt anybody, she gets very rough. Thankfully, her Foster Family is a bunch of roughnecks too, so that works out well, but realistically speaking, not just any dog (or cat) wants to be chewed on all day long. Hope also seems to have trouble “speaking Dog” and does not seem to notice or care when a warning growl is issued or a yelp is given when play is too rough. She has no concern about taking a bone from a sibling’s mouth, despite the loud growls sent her way.
We would love to see Hope in a family with playmates, and feel like she would do great with most pets. Exceptions would be those that are dominant, reactive, or card-carrying Couch Potatoes. We’re pretty sure Hope would (understandably) get on their nerves. Don’t get us wrong, Hope loves to crash on the couch during Primetime TV and take midday naps with her humans….she is NOT constantly on the go…but it takes some good wrestling sessions throughout the day to get her to the point where napping is on her agenda. We also feel that Hope should not live with very , as she does not respond well to their wiggly energy or higher pitched sounds.
Hope has been spayed, micro chipped, and is UTD on all of her vaccines. She tested positive for heartworms upon her removal from the quarry. Due to her young age and very light positive status, our vet has chosen to treat her with monthly doses of Heartguard brand heartworm preventative, and the vets expect her to test negative in just a matter of months. She is not negatively affected at all by this diagnosis, as you can see from the energy level we frequently reference.
If you’d like to see more of our girl Hope and her transformation, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyUJoWng0mQ to watch her video. To read more about her continuous progress, you can read her journal at www.northmecklenburganimalrescue.org where you can also access adoption applications.