My foster Sophia

Postby nicole » June 18th, 2008, 9:22 pm

I've been a volunteer with Cane Corso rescue for a few years, mostly just transporting, pulling and home visits, but a little over 8 months ago, I took in my first Corso foster.

I was at the Brooklyn, NYCACC evaluating another dog when I saw Sophia in the holding ward and let CCR know that she was there b/c I was drawn to her silly little face. Her family was evicted from their apartment and Sophia was brought in by the police. After he holding period was up, her family was nowhere to be found. Unfortunately, Sophia got kennel cough and ended up on the euth list. CCR contacted me with the news that she was on the euth list for the next morning...so I picked her up.

This was the face that I saw...how could anyone resist??
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Sophia came here and recouped from KC, she also needed to gain some weight before her spay. She was very nervous with fast hand movements and shy towards loud men. She was also very submissive and timid, so we kept activity low as to not overstimulate her. She was on a crate and rotate schedule with my 2 dogs for the first 2 months she was here. She had some food aggression issues that we are still working on, but she's made wonderful strides with some training and rule enforcing.

I'm very proud of her and how far she has come...she is a true wiggle butt with everyone she meets, she is very obedient and a complete sweet heart! Now she just needs to find her forever home!

here are some pics of her...
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j37/n ... ogs003.jpg
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scarves and dogs...because its cute
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practicing our down/stays
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she loves her ball!
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and she loves her foster sis
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http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j37/n ... ors001.jpg

I seriously LOVE this dog and I would keep her forever but oddly enough, my husband's asthma doesn't agree with her dander. For some strange reason he is more sensitive to her dander and oily fur than to my dogs. (he can't tolerate my parent's corso either) After she was here for a few weeks, he had a major asthma attack and needed a shot of adrenaline, had to be put on steroids and daily nebulizing treatments and missed 3 days of work. He has since grown a bit of an immunity to her, but he can't roll around and play with her or he begins to wheeze. So, we will continue to manage this until she finds that special home. Geez! sorry for all the ramblings!!

Here is her pefinder pages:
http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displa ... id=9605424
http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displa ... d=10753281
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Postby madremissy » June 18th, 2008, 9:36 pm

Look at that face. :smileUp: I hope she finds a forever home soon.
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Postby Marinepits » June 18th, 2008, 9:44 pm

She's so cute! :heartbeat:

She looks a bit petite for a corso -- how much does she weigh?
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Postby Hundilein » June 18th, 2008, 9:54 pm

What a cutie pie! You've done a great job with her.
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Postby LMM » June 18th, 2008, 9:56 pm

I freaking love her! Cane Corsos are quite possibly my favorite breed. At least tied with pitties :D
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Postby nicole » June 18th, 2008, 10:03 pm

Marinepits wrote:She's so cute! :heartbeat:

She looks a bit petite for a corso -- how much does she weigh?


She is petite...between 65-70lbs. I wonder if her cleft lip has any correlation to her smaller size...is it a sign of stunted growth or development.? :|
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Postby Marinepits » June 19th, 2008, 6:50 am

Cleft lip/palate is a genetic birth defect. Is her palate malformed as well?

Regardless, she's just adorable! :D

How does she behave with other dogs -- submissive or selective?
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Postby nicole » June 19th, 2008, 8:11 am

Marinepits wrote:Cleft lip/palate is a genetic birth defect. Is her palate malformed as well?

Regardless, she's just adorable! :D

How does she behave with other dogs -- submissive or selective?


Her plate is malformed, ie: her teeth and bite are completely jacked up (ha! she looks like "the predator" up close :mrgreen: ) but luckily, she doesn't have any openings or splits in the soft palate.

With proper intros she does really well with other dogs, although she doesn't take kindly to overly pushy dogs on first encounter. She has a high prey drive, and this includes small dogs...so she doesn't "play" well with them, she seems to prefer dogs her size or larger. When she first came here, she did try to assert dominance with my dogs, but if they challenged her back, she would submit. So, she is all bark and posture...but has nothing to back it up!
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Postby Marinepits » June 19th, 2008, 8:46 am

nicole wrote:Her plate is malformed, ie: her teeth and bite are completely jacked up (ha! she looks like "the predator" up close :mrgreen: ) but luckily, she doesn't have any openings or splits in the soft palate.


Awwwwwww, poor Predator girl! :giggle: I'm glad her soft palate is okay.

With proper intros she does really well with other dogs, although she doesn't take kindly to overly pushy dogs on first encounter. She has a high prey drive, and this includes small dogs...so she doesn't "play" well with them, she seems to prefer dogs her size or larger. When she first came here, she did try to assert dominance with my dogs, but if they challenged her back, she would submit. So, she is all bark and posture...but has nothing to back it up!


Good to know -- I'll pass the info along..... :wink:
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Postby Remington » June 19th, 2008, 11:53 am

She is adorable Nicole!:)
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Postby nicole » June 19th, 2008, 4:11 pm

Remington wrote:She is adorable Nicole!:)


Thanks Erica, I had a feeling you might think so :wink:
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