February 7, 2003
Meet Rosie & Scarlett!
Meet Rosie and Scarlett,
two genuine southern belles. They are both red rough Brussels Griffon and although
their true age is a mystery (like most genuine belles), Scarlett is at least 10
years old and Rosie is approximately 13 years old. Their owner passed away and
now they are looking for someone to give them a nice comfortable home for their
remaining years. The girls have been together all of their lives and we would
prefer not to separate them. Both have been fully vet checked, are spayed, on
heartworm preventative and have had their teeth cleaned in the past year. Both
have a condition commonly known as "dry eye" where they no longer make their own
tears. They will need to have drops in their eyes for the rest of their lives
but they willingly allow the drops because it makes their eyes feel better.
Scarlett is a very healthy
dog weighing a little over 13 lbs. She has no physical problems that the vet could
find with the exception of the dry eye and she does not seem to hear much any
more although her eyesight and sense of smell are good and make up for it. She
is a quiet dog who rarely barks.
Scarlett is a true Griffon
in the sense that she wants to be everywhere her human is so she is a "follower".
Her favorite thing to do is to curl up on the sofa on a fuzzy blanket but she
would prefer that you stay on the sofa with her. She needs to be taken outside
on a frequent basis and if you do this, she rarely has an accident. At night it's
best to pick up her water about an hour before bedtime and she does her best though
sometimes she might have an accident. She's a very sweet girl whose crooked smile
and soulful eyes seem to win over everyone she comes in contact with.
Rosie prefers to sleep
in her own doggie bed and will need tender care for her remaining years. Unfortunately,
she is in the early stages of kidney trouble and is on a renal diet to hopefully
keep her problems from progressing. She loves her special food and is a very willing
eater. She has cataracts on her eyes which severely limit her eyesight although
she can still see a little in the light of day. In dim light, she can't really
see at all but she can sure smell Scarlett when she's near. Rosie also needs to
be taken outside quite frequently. She will potty immediately but it's imperative
that she's taken out very often to prevent accidents. Although she gets around
just fine, she has had some problem in her rear quarter so she walks a bit stiff.
The vet calls her a "high stepper". We're not really sure what may have caused
this but she doesn't appear to be in any pain, is not getting worse and can still
get where she needs to go.
Both of these girls need
a special home with a special caregiver. Older dogs are very charming and these
two belles are certainly no exception!
Scarlett and Rosie are
located in Mississippi.
If you would like more information,
contact Lezlee Welch. If you are interested
in adopting these belles please fill out our Adoption Application.
Keep in mind that we prefer
to place dogs within driving distance of where they are being fostered. If someone
from outside the local area is approved for adoption, they must be willing to
fly in to get the dog and that can only happen if the dog is stable enough to
travel in the cabin with the passenger. January 16, 2004
Rosie has been Adopted by her foster family!
February 29, 2004
Scarlett has been Adopted!
Scarlett's new family!
May 13, 2004
Sad Update on Rosie
From Foster Parents Mike and Lezlee Welch
Over a year ago when we picked up two elderly rescues, we didn't think we'd have to make any tough decisions about them other than finding the perfect home for them. It took many months but Scarlett found a wonderful home. Rosie was just too ill for adoption. When Scarlett left, Rosie didn't even notice because by then she was blind and deaf, in kidney failure and her little heart was beginning to give out as well. I left it up to Mike and he kept telling me that he would know when it was time. Our biggest concern was that she was not a dog that showed outward signs of pain and we didn't want her to suffer. We took her to the vet several times for another assessment and a couple of weeks ago she said it was very close and gave us five signals to look for.
Today was Rosie's day. She could no longer keep her food down nor control her body and her cognizant senses were long gone. She was uncomfortable and we both agreed it was time. For the first time in a long time, Rosie is at peace.
I guess I should be thankful that she had another year and a half of life after she was dumped at a vet's office to be put down and the vet had the good sense to call Rescue. Or maybe I should be glad that it's over for her, relieved that we don't have to get medicine down her or clean up after her accidents. All-in-all, we're none of those things. We're just plain tearful and sad. We'll be glad for her in the long run but it's hard right now.
Rest in peace, dear Rosie.
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