If you follow our Great Pyrenees Rescue stories, you will remember our little princess Rosie. This was her story followed by an exciting update on her new life.
Meet sweet little miss Rosie.
This adorable girl is a 6 month old Great Pyrenees Rescue. Rosie's owners discovered she has juvenile cataracts upon a routine examination. At this early stage, she has swelling behind the eyes and some diminished vision. Daily drops are given, and she is a normal puppy in every other way.
Her owners were unable to pay for the expensive ophthalmology surgery, or deal with a special needs dog. They did not want to have her euthanasised, so they agreed to have the vet look into rescue. Southern Ontario Great Pyrenees Rescue and Hopeful Hearts Rescue in Ottawa stepped in; she has been in foster care since March 3, 2010.
Rosie will be spayed in late-May, and will have an eye check up in mid-May, at which time we will be able to confirm if surgery will save her sight. If so, Southern Ontario Great Pyrenees Rescue will generously pay for her surgery. We will update you on her condition once we have more information.
But those are the challenges and Rosie is anything but a challenge. Raised with love by her original family, this sweetheart has no fears or phobias and has only known love and kindness.
When she came into care, she was quite shy - it may have been due to limited eyesight or lack of doggie friends for confidence. She cowered upon meeting her foster parent's cats and was overwhelmed by four pyr friends ... but that was the first hour. After that, this wee, meek girl played, wrestled and chased dogs and cuddled with cats.
When we took her away for a weekend alone, she was much more subdued - she really loves the company of other dogs. She absolutely loves children. She greets us with wiggles, kisses and recently, jumps (we are working on that). The picture with our son is when she was 5 months. She is growing so big. Rosie will be a big girl. At 6 months, she is taller than an average size Labrador.
She has a surprisingly loud bark for such a little girl - but she uses it sparingly. She will bark at strangers entering the house, more so if the light is dim, but quietens quickly and is friendly when instructed all is fine. You cannot help but love her - even when she is chewing on shoes or running off with a hair brush, as puppies do!
Rosie is a lovely, sweet girl full of love, play and life. She would be best suited in a home with at least one other dog she can play with. Other dogs give her confidence, playmates and security. She misses her foster siblings who were adopted; our older dogs are just not as much fun.
She is great with children and with cats, although she will attempt to play with the cats if there are no other willing playmates.
Her new family must be committed to obedience training and understand her medical needs. However, we are unsure of her medical needs at this time - she may have none, limited vision or may eventually go blind. Even so, she has an excellent quality of life, an indomitable spirit and a long, healthy life ahead of her.
Are you the right family for her? If so please contact Great Pyrenees Rescue.
And here is an update on her new life.
Rosie is progressing very well but we are still not sure about her eye sight. She will be going for further assessment during the first week of July, 2010.
For those of you who follow our placements, you may remember our lovely Sophie. Sophie was placed in a home, but it just did not work out and so she was returned to us.
However, she was placed again with a new family and she settled in very nicely. Sophie had been used to being around other dogs and so, although she loved her new family, at times she was lonely. She missed other dogs.
Well, her wonderful new Mom understood her problem and while deciding what to do about it, thought of Rosie. Rosie was a special needs dog and Sophie was a special needs dog in her own way. Why not team them up? So she contacted Great Pyrenees Rescue.
Sophie wants to be with other dogs and wants to be useful. It seems that this was a win-win situation for everyone. Sophie had her family and had lots of love to share with another dog. She will learn to be Rosie's eyes if and when the need arises but in the meantime will have someone to play with and can "show her the ropes".
Rosie will need some help to guide her through life. Sophie will be that guide. It's a match made in Heaven, don't you agree?
Here is the latest exciting news about Rosie.
Our Great Pyrenees Rescue Rosie has the gift of sight, and a new home!
Rosie’s operation to restore her sight was largely paid for through a donation from the family of Syd Turner, a Pyr lover who passed away. His family gave a huge donation towards Rosie’s care, knowing Syd would have loved to have helped her.
Just before her surgery, Rosie was adopted in July 2010 by the same lovely woman who adopted Sophie a few months previously. The two girls are the best of friends and live in Southern Ontario with their new mom, cats and a bird.
This was the happiest of endings for this sweet little girl: eyesight, a Pyr sister and a loving mom. Ahhh... the power of love. Congratulations!
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