Lil Red- Available for Adoption
Name: Lil Red
Breed: German Shorthaired Pointer
Age: 10-11 yrs old
Vaccinations: Up to date
Microchip: AKC Reunite
Cats: Not tested
Special Needs: Arthritis
From Red's Foster Mom:
Red has earned herself a new nickname- “sassy girl”. I do say that jokingly. When this lol (little old lady) came into my home, she could only walk 5 feet into the yard to go potty and come right back into the house and lay down. The new slimmed down Red acts like a typical nosy pointer. She wanders around 3 acres smelling all the wild life that walked through the yard and is trying to hunt them down. The first 2 pictures, Red was having a stare down with a doe in the field. She knows the boundaries of the yard but as you can see from the pictures, she is taking full advantage of every single inch of the yard she can. She is almost totally deaf when she is outside and the only word she can hear is “cookie”. This pampered girl also likes a personal escort back into the house to make sure she will get her “cookie” when she comes back inside. She makes my heart smile.
When Red came into the rescue, she was obese, had a hard time standing and
would go outside to go potty and come right back in to lay down. She loved
her short walks but had to lay down as soon as she got home and stayed that
way for hours without moving. Since she has lost weight, her energy level
and endurance has definitely improved. She still is a very low energy dog
and does spend a lot of time laying around but when she goes outside she
loves to spend time walking around, sniffing everything and “yard hunt”.
Previously when she was outside, her legs would get tired and she would lay
down in the snow to ease the weigh on her back legs and had to be helped up
to go in the house. Now she goes outside, will stay out for over a ½ hour
and has to be coaxed in the house with a treat.
Red is sweet, affectionate and loves attention. She will bump your arm
until you give her some nice ear rubs or tummy rubs. She gets along with
the other 3 dogs in my home but she does not play or rough house around with
the dogs. My thought is that because of the arthritis in her hips, it’s too
hard for her to play and jump around. Red is a very happy dog and is always
wagging her little tail. She would do great in a home with minimal steps
and nice fenced yard for her to explore her world.
She is down to 81.8# . She has lost 10# since coming to WGSPR in March. Losing weight has allowed Red to do so many things that she could not do at 91#. At 91# she could lay down. She had to struggle to stand and could not tolerate putting all that weight on her back legs. Now she is able to stand on her hind legs and put her front paws on my legs when I am sitting down. She does this when she wants to go for a walk and let me tell you-she is persistent. When she wants to walk-we walk 😃. She can now run fast when chasing after critters (bunnies, chipmunks, deer, birds). She does not fall slip and fall anymore on our vinyl floor (we did have long runners on the floor to prevent slipping and we were able to remove these and she does great). Even though she has arthritis in her hips, she is moving so much better. She is such a sweet, loving dog-I am so excited to see what she can do with her continued weight loss. #goRedgo.
Red continues to thrive in her foster home and is doing great with her weight loss. She walks 1/2-mile intervals 2-3 times a day and she loves her walks no matter what the weather. Red has made many gains since she arrived in the rescue all due to her weight loss. She can now roll on her back to get her tummy rubbed, get her hind legs in the car with almost no help, crawl from the back seat into the front seat, clean herself and chase bunnies and other critters. She has spring in her step and loves to
trot and run a bit on her walks.
There are a couple of things I learned about Red this week: She is not fond of the sound of a .22 rifle. We were out for a walk in the country and someone shot a .22 when we were very close. She didn't panic or get crazy, she just trotted home quickly and that was that. We also had fireworks in the area as well as a couple of light thunderstorms and I did not notice any issues with her either time. She also is not a fan of swimming. She just prefers not to go in the water. Red is a very sweet girl and is low energy. She is perfectly satisfied laying around the house but loves to go outside and go for walks. She will let you know when she needs to go out. She is great with people and other dogs. She will come up to you for extra petting and ear rubs and she will roll over for belly rubs and she just loves her belly rubs. You can just see the love in her eyes when she looks at you. If you want a dog to play fetch or go running with you, or play with your kids, WGSPR has a dog that will fit your lifestyle. If you want a quiet, mild mannered dog to go outside with you and watch you while you do your gardening, walk around the yard with you enjoying your surroundings, or going for rides in the car, Red fits the bill perfectly. Red would do better in a home with minimal stairs as they can be difficult for her on days where her arthritis flares up in the Wisconsin cold damp winters.
Red is doing great (we don’t call her Lil Red anymore). She continues to be her sweet loving self and is a good as gold. She does not need to be crated when we leave and she is has never chewed or destroyed anything. When we come home, she comes to the door with her waggy little tail letting us know she is happy to see us. She doesn’t seem interested in toys but she loves her dog bones. We continue to work on her weight and she is doing awesome. When she came into the rescue in early March, she weighed 91.3. She is now at 85.7 and getting spring back in her step. She loves her walks no matter what the weather. Red does have weakness in her back legs (knees and hips) due to arthritis. When she walks, she will occasionally drag her toes on her left foot-the vet said it is neurological-it could be from arthritis in her spine or from an old injury. Red does well on short walks and we usually walk ½ mile up to 3 times a day. Red wants to go further but because of the weight and arthritis, 3 short walks a day seem to work out good for her. She does have some bad days when it’s cold and damp-it makes it hard for her to move around so we skip the walks but she has Rimadyl to decrease the pain and make her more comfortable. Her ideal family will let her lounge around and sleep most of the day, feed her good quality low fat/low calorie dog food so she can lose about 20 more lbs., continue short walks on her good days and give her lots of love. They don’t come much sweeter than Red.
Lil Red gets along with the other dogs and all 4 of them eat together with no issues. Lil Red shares her food willingly. No food issues or aggression issues what so ever.
She is a typical pointer that loves her food and treats-as long as the treats aren’t carrots. She sleeps soundly at night (sometimes snores, but not too loudly). She decided she would rather sleep on the dog bed in the living room by herself (probably because the other dogs snore) and she is quiet all night and does not wonder around at all. She has no issues with incontinence and can hold it a very long time. She does go to the door when she wants to go outside.
Lil Reds issue is her weight and her nails and our main goal is to lose weight and to get her nails trimmed down. When she came into WGSPR, she weighed 91lbs. She walks with no problems but going from laying down to standing is hard for her and the same goes with sitting to standing. Mornings are slow as it takes her a little while to get to a standing position after laying down all night and sleeping. She is a stiff at first but once she is up and walks around, she does not have any problems. In the house she is not very active and spends most of her days laying around napping in the sun. That changes as soon as she goes outside. She loves her walks and actually tries very hard to trot and run. She has very good endurance walking and has no issues with walking over a mile 1-2 times a day and we will increase that slowly to help build up her tolerance.
Her nails have not been clipped in a very long time and because of that, her quicks are long. It has caused her to fall numerous times outside in the snow and on ice so we are very careful in the snow. She also slips on laminate floors so we put some rugs down to prevent her from slipping. She had her nails trimmed by the vet and it was recommended that we have that done every 3-4 weeks, as well as continue to walk her as this will help get her nails back in shape and trim off some much needed weight.
If I can say anything about Lil Red, it would be that she is the sweetest girl around. She is pure joy. When she looks into your eyes, it melts our heart and you can see she is a very happy girl and is so full of love.
From Lil Red's foster mom:
Say hello to Lil Red, my new foster from WGSPR. This past Saturday, she and her 2 siblings made a long trip from IN to WI thanks to some dedicated dog loving people. Lil Red is a 10 yrs old GSP and is a total sweet heart and such a joy to have. From the minute I met her, I knew she was an exceptional dog. Her previous owner died and he must have loved his dogs because it shows in her demeanor. She immediately got along with my 3 goofy dogs and joined our pack. She is overweight but that is fixable with some good quality food, exercise and some foster momma love. We will do it the right way by starting out slow and working up to long walks. She loves going out in our yard and walking all over and I let her walk as much as she wants to. In the house she is very mellow, lays around waiting for tummy rubs. More to come on this sweetie pie.
If you are interested in adopting Lil Red, please complete our adoption application at http://www.wgspr.com/adoption.htm