Roxy is a beautiful 11-year-old English Springer Spaniel who is in a foster home in Gosport, Hampshire, waiting for someone to offer her a permanent home. Can be left: Roxy is fine to be left for part-time working hours, but she does prefer to have human company for as much of the time as possible. Roxy has lived with another dog previously. She is living with the resident dog in her foster home and she often can be found snuggling up with her. Roxy will chase cats. Roxy could live with sensible, dog-experienced children aged 12 years plus. She can be possessive of her toys and food, so wouldn’t be suitable with younger children. Roxy walks beautifully on a lead and is very laid back with no pulling at all. She doesn’t have any recall so is not let off the lead.
Roxy loves food and it is a big reward for her. She likes to chew her teddies and will bring one to you if she is pleased to see you in the morning or when you return home. She will play fetch for a short while and then take the ball to her bed to destroy. Roxy doesn’t have toys as such because she can be possessive of them, but she has a puzzle ball or kong to keep her mind active. She loves to sit under the table at mealtimes, just in case she can catch any food that may fall off your plate. Once she gets to know you she enjoys being on the couch having tummy rubs and she will paw you for this in case you don’t realise. Roxy will bark to wake you up for breakfast every morning at 6:30am, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
Roxy can appear stressed if out of her normal routine. She is crate trained and if she is unsure of anything she will take herself to her crate for comfort. She prefers her head not to be stroked. She doesn’t like puppies. A home with people who are Springer Spaniel experienced and retired or at home most of the day would be perfect for Roxy. (Especially if you like to get up at 6:30 every day!) Roxy is not a lap dog, but she comes alive when out on day trips in rural areas.
Roxy is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. Since coming into rescue, Roxy has been diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease for which she is taking Vetoryl 10mg tablet twice a day at specific times (9am and 9pm). She has had a blood test which confirmed the Cushing’s is under control. Her next blood test is due in 3 months’ time. She is constantly hungry and drinks a lot, but with the Cushing’s now under control, this seems to just be learnt behaviour.
Roxy is told to ‘sit’ and ‘wait’ when being fed, to stop her snatching. If it looks like she will drink a whole bowl of water (1 litre), the bowl is picked up temporarily and offered again a little later. She has a wart on her tail which she tries to bite at, so she has it cleaned with Hibiscrub and bandaged if necessary. She has a permanent head tilt (hence her nickname Wonky, which she seems to respond to better than Roxy!) following a Vestibular incident. She is having one Vitofyllin 50mg tablet once a day for the head tilt. She has slight urinary incontinence, managed by Propalin syrup in her food, but hopefully this is only needed temporarily now that the Cushing’s is being treated and Roxy shouldn’t need to drink excessively. She is also having temporary treatment (Atopica) for enlarged lymph nodes.