❤️ What a good little puppy!
We have almost had Rosie a year and I am so incredibly proud of how far she has come!
For four years she was kept in a tiny cage being bred over and over despite her small size that notoriously makes breeding more complicated. At the start of January 2023 the breeder gave Rosie to a rescue. I am so so glad they did!
Rosie fits in our family SOOO effortlessly that it startled all of us. It feels like we have had her forever. The ease of getting along is like she has been my buddy all my life.
Right from the beginning she was so very STARVED for affection. She wanted to be loved on 24/7!
I obliged and since I sleep most the day somehow convinced myself to scratch her even as I slept. 😄 It did my severe RA hand pain no favors but she had survived such a horrific ordeal for four years the least I could do was keep scratching her so she knew even in Dream World that she was safe and would never be sent back to the nightmare she survived. My efforts worked and quickly her nightmares etched with fear in every shadow faded from all dreams.
We had bought her a large kennel but the first night she cried so loud within a minute that idea was gone(to be honest I never planned on keeping her in their, once my parents went to bed I had planned to get her out ;) don't tell! 😅)
I got her to start tracking like her Australian Shepherd (American Shepherd as she is a toy dog size so the name for them is American not Australian) breed was so good at. She caught on so super fast her incredibly brilliant mind finally having something she thrived at occupy her mind. She had so much fun and still does smelling all the things that cross through our very large backyard.
Lucy, my Border Collie best friend who passed 6 months before Rosie came into our lives, was very very intelligent and we thrived with each other. I have a habit of nicknaming my pups with like 10 nicknames and each month when I would find a new one to replace one of the old ones, Lucy kept track of them and after using a name only twice she would catch on.
I quickly discovered that Rosie was EVEN MORE INTELLIGENT than Lucy!!! Good and bad if your pup gets bored or de ided to be mischievous. With Training Rosie became a blast and our broken hearts quickly grew stronger with each other to be with literally 24/7.
Rosie had a LOT of firsts as life in a tiny cage kept her from LIVING and only barely surviving. Ehat i wouldn't give to go back in time and save my pup years earlier. She was so happy to learn that we would always remember to feed her and that she no longer had to starve or fear that she would miss any meals. We loved her, and we would spoil her like she deserved from the very beginning. Her joy at having beds and blankets and tasty new snacks(she is so picky though! Lol).
Unusually she hates all fruits and anything sweet but if she is given veggies or anything with veggie flavoring she LOVES it! So strange to us but she is a specially little cutie.
She is a sweetheart but also sass for millenia 😂. She keeps me laughing always and very soon after getting her I realized that if I laugh at something she will do it again all for the happiness of me finding joy. Isn't that the best thing ever?!
Once she was content enough to smile she never stopped. I love it and also how at first she barely wagged her tailbut now it is always wiggling with happiness and fun! She needed us more than I needed her and I needed her a LOT LOT LOT!!! ❤️ ❤️❤️
I was so sad knowing that she had to raise who know how many puppies and that they left her to be ignored in between. All those little mini Rosie pups out there I would never get to meet and adore. At the age of 4 we taught how to be potty trained at last.
Her fear at first was so strong that she would be terrified as she went to the bathroom. She was so afraid to make us angry so in return i gave her unconditional love and kindness. She deserved it and so much more!
When she is really happy she will spin and spin and spin!!! She also was great at doing handstands which made me laugh for the first time since losing Lucy.
She learned that she loved some humans and was even more terrified to lose us. I showered her in love and didn't show anger or harsh words no matter having accidents in the house while we tried to teach her that an old dog COULD learn new tricks. I kept things fun by introducing her to her first toys, teaching her how humans and dogs play, trying to convince her that baths were a good thing-still working on that 😂- giving her beds in each room, protecting her always, teaching her how to dance to music, cheering her on without holding back, teaching her human words and commands. Her brilliance shined through quickly as I learned how to use the same words into commands so she could understand the gist of what we wanted from her and then letting that confidence grow into whole sentences I knew she understood.
Within an incredible record of only 3 months of training she learned how to take herself out without a leash to the bathroom as i stood at the door and come back to me so proud of herself! My pride in her was officially limitless!
A routine quickly was created followed by an ease that felt 10yrs long instead of the 4months long that it was. With my dad's help we created "stairs" for her to get up and down from my bed. Although she actually could jump onto my bed by herself she just didn't realize a running start was necessary lol.
She never barked except at me to get my attention lol. It is bad when your human sleeps so well they require barking by their face to wake up hahaha.
Pain and exhaustion that so hinders me helps us fit together even better. Side by side we while away our time snoozing deep and slow.
Her goofy self has been a pure joy to witness and bring about. One of my nicknames for her is Puppy because after years of surviving such an ordeal she absolutely deserves to be a puppy again and again.
Here is to Rosie, the light that keeps me in the moment and brought back joy and hope in a better future. ✨️ 💖 💛
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