Thursday, April 20, 2017

#Hip4Rosie

 I'm so excited I could howl!  Today I want to share with you that my account with Azzore's Angels is now LIVE!  In my last post, I told you all about my girl, Jessica.  A big chunk of her grade for homeschool this spring is going to be running the campaign to raise funds for my THR (total hip replacement) surgery.  I'm hoping all my furriends will help spread the word so she can be successful.

Mom says Jessica will be learning things like communication skills, marketing, photography, punctuality and even math.  Jessica has been doing a great job with my instagram account.  You can follow me at Rosiewithanunderbite because Jessica posts lots of great pictures.

Our goal is for me to have surgery in June so that gives Jess almost two months to reach our goal of $6,453.  If you have furriends who you think would like to follow me or donate to my surgery please share my link!  When you share or post about me, please use the hashtag #Hip4Rosie!! All funds donated go directly to Azzore's Angels and credited to Rosie's surgery.  100% of donations through PayPal go to Rosie's surgery no fees!  If there are more donations than necessary for my surgery, they'll go to other pets in need at Azzore's Clinic.  Now it's time for us to do a little training, I just saw Jess grab some treats!

Love & puppy kisses,
Rosie






Monday, April 17, 2017

My girl

Jess, Jessica, J-Bird

She's better than a rose by any name, she's my girl!

Jessica has been right by my side from the day I joined their family.  She worked with me before I started puppy school so when I started on my very first day I already was a good listener!  Every day Jessica grabs the treats and we work.  Setting, wait, down, easy, patience, soft mouth, walking on a leash....making my girl happy is the best part of my day!

Jessica has been working hard at the basics so I can eventually be a Therapy Dog so I can visit schools, hospitals, nursing homes, hospice and maybe even funerals!  Jessica's grandparents live across the street so I am know how to behave around someone with mobility issues, Grandpa is unsteady and uses a cane.  Jess calls stores and so far I've been to Lowe's, Academy, Harbor Freight, PetCo, PetSmart, Hobby Lobby, Three Dog Bakery, and several boutiques in downtown Bentonville.  I know how to behave in a store and I love meeting new people.

The Hope's are a 4-H family, fourth generation!  I go to meetings at the Benton County Extension
office, Cave Springs American Legion but my favorite is going to Benton County Quail on Tuesday evenings and all day on Saturdays!!!!  Jessica is a member of the Ozark Youth Shooting Team and they practice on Tuesday nights and all day Saturday.  I started out just going to BB practice last October.  A few weeks ago, Mom took me to the Shotgun Range and then down to the Muzzleloader line.  I never flinched or barked.  My girl was there working hard to be a safe and accurate shooter,  I really had a great time watching her and being loved on by her friends.  I have so much fun going places and meeting new people.

I hope you can see why I love my Jessica so much!  She's very special to me.  Thanks for reading about the things we like to do together.  Come back soon to learn a little more about me and my family!

Love and puppy kisses,
Rosie








Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hopes and Dreams

Rosie Hope.  That's me so it only makes sense that my furever family is the Hope's and before they ever brought me home they were anticipating great things for me; dreaming of the places I'd go one day.  There are all kinds of families in this world some have outside dogs who get loved on when someone thinks about going outside.  Some families have inside dogs that stay in a crate all day while the family is away at work and school.  Other working families let their inside dogs hang out on the couch while they're away.  My family, they're a little bit different.  Mom teaches the girls at home, something they call "homeschool."  They do lots of neat things and don't spend all day away from the house, when they do go places they take me with them as much as they can.  They call taking me with them "socializing" me.  I don't know how I could possibly be any more social because I wag my tail at everyone I meet!  I am a member of the Hope family through and through.  I'm really lucky to have two girls (Jessica and Melissa) who I get to be near all the time.

Life in the Hope house before me included a lovely rescue dog named Abbie.  In the late summer of 2015 she fell ill.  After many trips to the vet which included medicines, x-rays, a visit from a chiropractor it was determined by everyone that Abbie had a beautiful life, almost 9 years with the Hope's, and the pain she was suffering just wasn't fair to her. She was so sick and taking lots of pain medicine so on November 20, 2015 through many tears they let Abbie cross the Rainbow Bridge.  Every day they missed her so much.  Mom had always heard Dad say that someday he'd really like to have an American Bulldog.  Late spring rolled around and Mom was really missing Abbie and wanting a puppy.  She started looking at litters of American Bulldogs. When she saw a picture of me with my brothers and sisters, she knew it was time.

The house of Hope began to come alive with excitement and Jessica began to learn and dream about how to train me to be a Therapy Dog before she even met me!  She knew I would be smart, friendly and go everywhere with her.  Since I came home there has been only one 24 hour period I didn't see her, she is my girl.  Once I was home she showered me with love, kisses and teaching.  Mom took Jessica and I to PetCo where she enrolled me in Puppy 2 class because the teacher was so impressed with the skills I already had she thought I'd be "bored" in Puppy 1!  Soon I graduated and in January 2017 I started Dog Obedience class which I passed with flying colors.  I love to learn and I love to make Jessica happy.  We are currently working on the requirements for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.  After I pass that Mom has her eye on a Therapy Dog class,  I'm sure I'll love it because I'm very gentle with people.  I know how to behave around wheelchairs, canes, senior citizens and little kids.  I "sit pretty" to be pet, okay sometimes I get excited and forget to sit while I'm petted but I don't jump on people.  I go to lots of stores like Lowes, Tractor Supply, Hobby Lobby, Academy and Harbor Freight and my favorite, Three Dog Bakery!  The store employees are always impressed at how well I behave.  I go to 4H meetings where I get to "help" with recreation and sweeping the floor after the meeting.  I sit or lay quietly on the floor during the meeting, the only sound the kids here from me is the clanking of my Copper Paws tag.
 
Having a Total Hip Replacement (THR) is very important to me.  I'm really young, not even a year old yet and I have a long life in front of me.  I need this surgery so I can use all my energy up and not hurt for days afterward.  It makes my family really sad when I have a difficult time getting up and walking because I hurt.

Thanks for reading about our hopes and dreams.  I hope you'll join me next time when I tell you about my favorite place to go on Saturdays!

Love and puppy kisses,
Rosie


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A humble beginning.


I was an accident.  There I said it.  My "biological" family was out of town and my mom, Natasha was young...she unexpectedly went into heat for the first time and my dad, Hulk couldn't resist. Soon there was a whole litter of us looking for good homes.  One day a lady and her daughters came to look at my brother they thought they wanted a boy but they fell in love with me.  There I am in the puppy play pen with my brothers and sisters from that very first day I met my furever family...the Hope's!


Our very first stop was at Dr. Hooper's office, Animal Hospital of Centerton.  They have the furiendliest people there, they loved on me, clipped my nails and made on like I was the cutest puppy they had ever seen.  I'm such a lucky dog to have such a great veterinarian to take care of me.

At my new home I was greeted with some really fun toys, a safe crate, two GIANT cats-Pumpkin and Bandit.  Pumpkin has crossed the Rainbow Bridge since I arrived; Bandit and I are finally becoming furiends. Mom, Dad and my girls Melissa and Jessica have taken fabulous care of me since I became their family.  They cook me yummy food every few days, my favorite combination is chicken thighs, carrots and apples (Mom even cooked me a crepe the other day for breakfast).  They take me to the vet and make sure I have all my shots and that I'm a healthy dog.  I've been through TWO obedience classes, which I rocked and I go almost everywhere with them in the family "van-go" buckled safely in my seat.  I've made furiends all over the world thanks to Instagram and when I shop downtown the nice folks at Three Dog Bakery even know me by name!!

Last month my family did the responsible thing and took me to see Dr. Hooper so she could do my "girl" spay surgery.  While I was sleeping Doc checked my hips and did an x-ray, we suspected hip dysplasia; the x-ray confirmed it and more.  She thought my left hip was the worst because it would just pop in and out while I was sleeping however the x-ray showed that I've actually fractured a piece off of my right hip where the ball popped out so many times.  Dr. Hooper has sent my x-rays to the best puppy surgeon in the state of BArkansas, Dr. Dew.  He says I'm a great candidate for Total Hip Replacement (THR)...it's an expensive surgery.  My family loves me very much and they say it hurts their hearts when they watch me get up slowly because my hips hurt so bad.  I'm only 10 months old but I often get up like a very old lady.

I hope you'll read my next entry  because in it I'll tell you all about my family, their hopes and dreams for me and of course a little more about what makes me fabulous!

Love & puppy kisses,
Rosie