I’m getting very excited about Maureen’s new foster dog. I love meeting new dogs, and this is going to be particularly thrilling, because for Maureen, Clarisse will always be ‘the dog who changed my life’. Through Clarisse, Maureen has become a dog rescuer, and that’s a big deal.
I’ve been learning what I can about Clarisse, online, since I know that Maureen has little time for Facebook and chit chat during the work week, and she’ll need any extra time she has to get ready for her new ‘foster mom’ role. I know that Maureen will have an emotional response to Clarisse, and I want to be a supportive friend.
Apparently, Clarisse has had a very rough time lately, although she shows no negative behaviors as a result–amazing, really. I’m still digging for more details, but below you’ll read about her weight. And you can see that her udder (is it called an udder? I just realized I have no idea what to call it, in a female dog!) is hugely swollen with milk for her…missing? stolen? killed in the shelter?…I just don’t know yet, puppies. Ask any nursing mother, if you can’t imagine how bad
that feels. And yet she’s a sweetheart at all times, everyone says. Here’s her original adoption description:
I love this girl. I have been feeding her everyday, out of my hand. She is sooooo sweet.
A volunteer writes: Let this new year NOT include another dog treated the way the delicate beauty CLARISSE has been treated. At only 36 pounds, this lovely Am Staff mix should weigh at LEAST 20 pounds more. She is a 3-year-old recent mother who still carries a great deal of milk. Yet despite her dreadful treatment, Clarisse is one of the sweetest, gentlest dogs this volunteer has ever met. She is immediately glad to have a visitor, and is perfect on leash. She walks right along with you, neither pulling nor hanging back. She may be housetrained, knew just what to do outside and did it right away. If there is a dog who will respond to kindness and genuine care, a dog who needs the best that a person can offer, it is this angelic girl. She was given the behavior rating of “moderate” when first admitted to the shelter, and the only reason I can imagine is that she was fearful upon arrival. Because Clarisse is an absolute gem! She is a licker of hands, a cuddler, a dog who retained her dignity in the face of treatment she did not deserve, no one would. Let the new year bring this darling girl a new home with love and kindness–she is waiting at the Manhattan shelter.
You don’t have to wait much longer, Clarisse–just two days until your transport to your loving foster home!