BLOSSOM – 25413 (ALT ID – A1050892)
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BLOSSOM – 25413 (ALT ID – A1050892)
Intake Date : 4/16/18 Intake Type: Owner surrender
Medical Behavior: Blue Age: 5 years Sex: Spayed Female
Weight: 61 lbs
DVM Intake Exam : Estimated age: 5 years Microchip noted on Intake? yes History : owner surrender Subjective: Observed Behavior – timid, shaking Evidence of Cruelty seen – no Evidence of Trauma seen – no Objective : P = 140bpm R = wnl BCS 6/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: muzzled, not performed PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: spayed female; no discharge
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: normal externally
Assessment healthy Prognosis: good Plan: no treatment needed
A Little Bit About Me…
A volunteer writes: Most say they’re either a dog person or a cat person. But, what if you’re both? Enter Blossom. Reportedly respectful and tolerant of cats in her former home and a play group SUPERSTAR, Blossom is the ideal dog if you want/have both canine and feline! I must admit, hearing Blossom was amazing in playgroup surprised me a bit. During most of our time together, she was rather shy and nervous. But staff was quick to report to me that her playgroup behavior was quite the departure from how she acts as a solo dog. “She does zoomies, and play bows and runs around the yard with the other dogs!” Staff described. It’s almost like she knows it’s her duty to greet other dogs because she seemed eager and ready to work with the dog in the adjacent pen, even though it wasn’t play group time. Blossom’s friendliness isn’t limited to other animals. She reportedly warms up to strangers (treats help!) and has lived with and spent time around children and has been relaxed and playful with them. She appears to be housebroken, likes to play with toys, loves to lounge on the couch, and knows the commands “sit, stay, down and come.” Blossom is ready to bloom this spring in her new, loving home. Could it be yours?
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Blossom is a 5 year old, large mixed breed female who was spayed prior to coming into the shelter. She has no known health issues or injuries, and last saw a vet a year ago. She was adopted from ACC 4 years ago and was surrendered due to the family moving to a location that does not allow pets.
Previously lived with: 2 adults, 1 child
How is this dog around strangers? Blossom will alert bark when someone first comes into the home, but after sniffing them she will calm down and be relaxed. She warms up quickly to guests and is receptive to treats.
How is this dog around children? Blossom has lived with and spent time around children and was relaxed and playful with them. She loves to spend time around the children in the family.
How is this dog around other dogs? Blossom has spent time around dogs at the dog park and was relaxed and playful around them.
How is this dog around cats? Blossom has spent time around cats and was respectful and tolerant around them.
Resource guarding: Blossom has no reported resource guarding behavior.
Bite history: Blossom has no bite history.
Energy level/descriptors: High
Other Notes: Blossom is not bothered by having her food touched and she thinks the owner is playing with her if she tries to take a toy out of her mouth. Blossom is not bothered by being pushed off the furniture or if she is disturbed while sleeping. She allows her owner to bathe and groom her, but she has not tried to trim her nails.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues? No
For a New Family to Know : Blossom is described as being friendly, affectionate and playful. She has been an indoor dog and likes to follow her family around when they are home. She likes to play with all kinds of toys and sleeps either on the couch or the daughters bed. She is house trained to go outside on any surface and is well behaved when she is left alone in the house or yard. She knows the commands sit, come, down and stay. She walks on and off leash and will wander at the park but comes back when called.
Behavior Notes: Blossom was timid during intake but warmed up quickly to counselor. She approached for a treat and sat when asked. She began licking counselor and was wagging her tail when she was being pet.
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 18-Apr-2018
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, tail is between legs, body stiff, mouth closed, lip long, ears likely back, may lip lick.
Tag: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body low and a bit fearful.
Paw squeeze 1: 2. Dog quickly pulls back.
Paw squeeze 2: 2. Dog quickly pull back.
Toy: 1. No interest.
Summary: Blossom came into the assessment room nervous with her body low, and her tail tucked. During the handling assessment Blossom allowed handing but was stiff and fearful.
PLAY GROUP :
According to Blossom’s previous owner, Blossom spent time around other dogs at the dog park and was relaxed and playful around them. Here at the Care Centers, Blossom was initially nervous but she quickly overcame her nervousness. She is social and playful, and tolerates most inappropriate behaviors. Due her sociability, she is used to engage with new novel dogs. The Behavior recommends that Blossom be placed in a home with resident dogs that match her energy.
4/17: When off leash at the Care Centers, Blossom nervously enters the pens. She exchanges greets then moves away to investigates the pens.
4/18: Blossom was much more confident today, and solicited gentle play in a group of calm female dogs. She responds to another dogs correction by walking away.
4/19-21: Blossom was used as a social greeter dog today. She interacted socially with several males with a soft posture and is tolerant of a variety of dogs with different temperaments. She does become uncomfortable with constant body slams.
Date of intake: 16-Apr-2018
Summary: Blossom was timid,but warmed up quickly allowing handling.
Date of initial: 16-Apr-2018
Summary: Blossom was timid, and shaking
ENERGY LEVEL: Her previous owner describes Blossom as a playful and relaxed dog.
Blossom displayed low energy and movement throughout assessment, and will need daily mental and physical activity to keep her engaged and exercised.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: ADULT ONLY HOME
Recommendations: No children (under 13)
Recommendations comments: No children: Blossom appears to easily startle and become uncomfortable with up close handling, for these reasons we advise against a home with children at this time.
Potential challenges: Handling/touch sensitivity, Fearful
Potential challenges comments:
Handling/touch sensitivity: Blossom has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, especially when a person is reaching over her. It is important to always go slow and give Blossom the option to walk away from any social interaction. Blossom should never be forced to approach anything that she is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Blossomâ€™s choice to approach a new person or thing. Blossom may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to her new surroundings.
Fearful:Blossom has shown high levels of fear in the care center in each interaction, though she manages her stress well and has not escalated to warning signs. She needs a very slow approach and the ability to warm up to new people and new environments at her own pace. Blossom should be permitted to initiate interactions and solicit attention when she feels comfortable, rather than being forced to interact.
FEMALE, TAN / BLACK, MASTIFF MIX, 1 yr
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 09/10/2015, From NY 11233, DueOut Date 09/13/2015,
Medical Behavior Evaluation No Initial Behavior
Medical Summary No Initial Exam
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