|Rosco showed up at a kill shelter in California in early July. Knowing how much we love the coated dogs, our facebook friend Kathy J put our name on him, but he was immediately adopted by a family on his available date ... and we breathed a sigh of relief.
Unfortunately, less than 2 weeks later, Rosco was returned to the shelter by the adopter, who stated that Rosco had nipped a child in the face. We had to investigate further and could find NO bite report anywhere. Our thanks to Joyce C who went to the shelter to meet Rosco and take some pictures and videos; she immediately became his advocate. "This boy is too nice to kill... ."
UPDATE 7/24: We certainly have been keeping our favorite transporter, Tera, busy this week! Thanks to Tera, Rosco has been pulled from the shelter and delivered safely to Crossroads. According to Tera, she got a big kiss from Rosco as a thank you.
Rosco is a very large boy, but seems quiet and gentle. Needless to say, we will not be placing him into a family with any small children. We have no way to know what happened between Rosco and the child he nipped, but it's always the dogs that wind up paying for our (human) mistakes. Hopefully we can correct the wrong, at least for Rosco.
UPDATE 7/28: Thanks to our dear friends Chuck & Jon, Rosco and Elsa have arrived in Phoenix. Two of our staff members made the drive to Quartzsite this morning to pick them up. When we looked at Rosco's paperwork, it seems he was turned in as "Radar" by his former owners, but we think he deserves a new name, so we're letting Rosco stick -- at least for now. His forever family can have the privilege of giving this magnificent boy his new forever name.
UPDATE 8/14: Rosco (aka Radar) saw our vet today for his intake exam and weigh-in. There was good news on the scale -- he weighed in at 124 -- a weight loss of 11 pounds! Doc would like him to lose another 10+ pounds to put him into the 110 pound range.
Rosco was very well behaved at the vet's office; that is, until the vet tech got down on the floor and put his arms around Rosco to restrain him. He was having none of it, but a quick correction from our staff member, and Rosco stood like a statue for the rest of the examination. As long as he wasn't being physically restrained (hugged), he was perfectly fine. We have a feeling we have just discovered why the child in Rosco's original home was nipped -- we're guessing the child tried to hug Rosco. Some dogs are just not comfortable with that behavior, particularly by strangers. Our staff member can hug on Rosco all she likes -- she insists and will not allow Rosco to object or avoid. With time, training and earning of trust, Rosco will do fine in any situation, but we still will not place him into a home with children.
UPDATE 11/17: We took Rosco with us to the Gilbert Days Parade and it was definitely NOT his favorite thing. He was obviously nervous and ill at ease. He tolerated petting by a small girl, but when her older sister also approached, Rosco had reached his limit and reacted verbally and snapped. The child was not touched in the slightest, nor was she frightened, but it just confirmed our resolve not to place Rosco into a home with children. They simply make him nervous.
He spent the rest of the day reclining in the back seat of the parade vehicle and enjoying the view. He let several adults pet him without complaint and was very happy to return to his foster home when the long day was done.
Rosco is ready for forever. He is neutered, up-to-date on shots, microchipped and ready to steal your heart. An all adult home is a must for this super-sized fuzzball.
UPDATE 12/6: Rosco had a successful introduction in the park this afternoon and will be moving into a foster-to-adopt home once the holiday company has gone home.
Adoption fee $325.00.