If you have been following me for a while here on my blog, then you know I travel a lot with my dog, Rosie. She was a rescue dog that was badly mistreated. She turns 9 today! She has been a great hiking buddy even if she is small. We get a lot of comments when people see her on a hiking trail. She also does very well when I take her on some of my wildlife photography adventures. She stays quiet and doesn’t move.
She has been through a lot with me. The worst was when she was grabbed by a Coyote while I had her on a leash. You can read about that story here: I Almost Lost My Dog To A Coyote
A couple of years ago, she got bit by a Copperhead Snake while she and I were picking tomatoes in a garden. I am sure the snake would have bitten me if it wasn’t for Rosie. The Vet said that Copperheads can regulate how much venom they inject and Rosie didn’t get a full dose. She had some swelling but recovered quickly.
For her birthday I will give her extra treats and we will go on a hike which she loves.
Note: One of the things that I have learned about having an abused dog is that they never forget the abuse they went through. Rosie has been with me for 9 years and I have noticed that certain things will trigger those memories.