Guest Blog, By Chris Wisswell
It’s a shame when a dog is given up for any reason, but it is worse when the dog is a senior. One such dog is Roscoe. We don’t know a great deal about Roscoe’s past, but we do know about the last 1 ½ years of his life.
The Michigan Animal Adoption Network rescued Roscoe from the Macomb County Animal Shelter in April of 2010. Luckily for Roscoe, the kind employees at the facility kept him safe for a few months before that. As you probably know, all shelters and rescues are overrun with animals and because of that, most large shelters have euthanasia policies in place to help relieve the situation. It is not a pleasant fact, but it is true. In an ideal world, there would be enough homes for all the dogs and cats that need homes.
His original owners brought Roscoe to the shelter a few months before we adopted him. Apparently they were moving and Roscoe wasn’t allowed to come with them. So what do they do? They dump him at the county animal shelter not caring if he lived or died!
Roscoe is such a good boy. For a 9ish year old dog, he is full of spunk! He acts like a younger dog most of the time. Roscoe has been good at the adoption events he has attended. He likes to meet new people and receive hugs and treats from them.
We have learned a few things about Roscoe though. He would best be placed in a home that has no young children (under the age of 13 years) in it. He doesn’t mind young kids coming up to him in public, but the energy of a younger child everyday would probably be too much for him. Roscoe cannot be around any cats, rabbits, or other small animals. We have noticed that he is aggressive towards the cats in our adoption program. In his ideal home, he would be the only dog. In public he is fine with strange dogs for the most part, but if one comes “charging” at him, whether a friendly charge or a serious charge, Roscoe gets defensive. We are NOT saying he gets aggressive, but he does stand his ground.
Roscoe has basic training, but he needs parents that will give him that one on one attention he loves. He will require long walks, regular grooming, lots of hugs and kisses, some training and lots of treats. Roscoe loves attention. When he sees a leash, he is ready to go. He bounces around and his tail wags non-stop. Our handsome boy is neutered, current on vaccines, heartworm negative, and healthy.
Roscoe deserves a loving home.
If you can find it in your heart to welcome this handsome gentleman into your home, please call the Michigan Animal Adoption Network for more information at 248.545.5055.