A Desert Rose Thrives in New England

Caramel, a smooth, fawn Saluki, was hit by a car in her native Doha. Her owner chose to abandon her but volunteers from Dogs in Doha stepped in and saved her. The group paid for her broken hip to be repaired and then nursed this sweet little girl back to health.

 

Caramel, left, now known as Rosie, got a greyhound brother, a new mom and dad, and a house of kids -- and couldn't be happier in her new life far from the hot, dry desert.

Caramel, left, now known as Rosie, got a greyhound brother, a new mom and dad, and a house of kids -- and couldn't be happier in her new life far from the hot, dry desert.

It was the beginning of a new lucky streak for Caramel. She landed a spot on a transport to the US where she became an official SHUGer Baby. Caramel came off the plane with a waggedy tail and lots of kisses, winning the hearts of her foster family – who took her to swim therapy to build up her muscles after her injury – and then, quickly, her new forever family.

 

Heidi Wells and her family drove from Massachusetts to Maryland in July to pick up their new girl, bringing with them a new Greyhound brother for her, too! Finally little Caramel had her new family . . . and a new name, too! Caramel became Rosie and embarked on her new life.

 

So how is Rosie doing now? Her mom says:

 

She especially loves her daddy, (Steven) with a whole body wagging, tail propeller-ing, song-singing passion. She adores the attention of all resident neck scratchers and belly rubbers, and has even made her peace with kibble (as long as it has some egg, cheese or sweet potato mixed in).

 

Getting the “Desert Rose” used to the rain has been a bit of a challenge, and there have been more than a few 'clean-ups,' when the weather does not cooperate with her potty schedule. If there is downer at all -- that's it -- but fortunately, with the house under construction, the floors are covered in rosin paper, and the picking up is not a big deal.

 

On the upside she is never lonely! She tolerates her big lug-nut of a brother, Sully (her shadow), but makes it very clear that he is her minion. Fortunately, he is happy to oblige -- and he adores her company. She did NOT approve of the crate we bought for her (too small for Her Royal Highness), but Sully's crate suits her just fine. She races up to bed at night and scoots in before he has a chance to argue. She grabs his favorite stuffie, uses it as a pillow, and stretches out confidently on his fluffy, zebra striped, mat. Sully stares at her quizzically and then when he realizes that she is there for the night, finds a suitable square of carpet and within minutes, is snoring and "running" on the track in his sleep.

 

Sully gets some revenge as he wakes up the household at 5:15. He climbs in the crate and pesters his sleeping sister. She, in turn, gets up and sings to Daddy until he gets out of bed. Sully demands that I put my feet on the floor, and we all start our day with a walk and some fresh air (mostly) appreciative of some enforced, early morning exercise.

 

Caramel, on the right, shortly after landing in the U.S.A. takes no time to get used to an American couch

Caramel, on the right, shortly after landing in the U.S.A. took no time to get used to an American couch in her first foster home.

I can speak for all of us when I say that these two pups have completed our family, and added immeasurable joy to our crazy hectic days. Love, love, love them!!!! Thanks so much for bringing Rosie into our lives. We are beyond grateful.

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