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,

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