To be eligible to adopt Summer, you must be an approved adopter of GRRMF. If you are already on our approved adopter waiting list, an adoption coordinator will contact you if you are matched to meet this pup’s needs. Visit our How to Adopt page to review our process, policies and application. Please pay special attention to the sections on puppy facts, children and dogs and fences on our website prior to submitting an application for a puppy.
Update: May 16, 2022
Look at our girl Summer, she’s enjoying spa days with full baths, nails, ears cleaned and a special warm towel rub downs by her foster parents. And that’s not all! Summer’s medications were adjusted and her balance and circling has improved. She is allowed off leash in the large fenced yard and enjoys exploring and sniffing on her own. When her foster parents call her, she bounces straight towards them, without circling, and adds a little dance around them to show her excitement. Her passion for eating has benefited her in the “find it” game that she learned in only two days – she loves food and treats!
Despite her sight deficit, Summer can run full throttle at and around her foster parents; she doesn’t run into them or things around her during daylight. She’s a polite young lady who takes her treats nicely, licks but doesn’t bite, sleeps through the night with a little woofing but no barking when alone, adores people and likes being petted-especially under her chin.
Recently, Summer learned how to go into her crate. She was quite content there enjoying her treats, even when the door was opened she didn’t want to leave her comfy space. Her loving foster mom describes Summer “like a two year old toddler climbing on everything. She likes to sit on the sofa but has yet to discover that the coffee table isn’t the floor.”
Summer is currently on vacation while her foster parents are away. Reports from her foster parents are that she is adjusting well, loves her substitute foster mom and is enjoying exploring inside and outside, grabbing some couch time and isn’t bothered by the other dog in the home. What a great experience for this sweet and gentle girl who strives to learn all she can about her new world.
Summer is a dog with special needs who has shown, with love and patience, she can learn and thrive in her environment. She’s looking for that special family that will give her the time, attention and love she deserves. Her foster parents have taught her many things so far and she is teaching them how she can learn and adapt her way. Open your heart and your horizons for this sweet girl to jump into your arms and change your life forever – you won’t regret it!!
She loves the warmth of the sun on her face and body as she naps outside. She has her own style of zoomies that she enjoys, spinning in circles, with jumping and hopping along the way. Her way of communicating is unique from other dogs, but she makes it work in ways no other dog could. Her name is Summer, and she is sweet, adorable, and very special!
Summer came to GRRMF when her owner passed away and the family was unable to continue to care for her. She’s a special needs sweetheart that was born with Congenital Hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is referred to as water on the brain, which causes increased pressure in the skull. There are various medical problems that can occur in dogs that have hydrocephalus; blindness and walking in circles are two of them that Summer deals with in her daily life. Although this damage cannot be reversed, there are treatments available that can help mitigate the symptoms. Currently, Summer is being treated with medications to control the swelling and neurological issues.
Dogs are so resilient to some of the obstacles that would be devastating to humans and Summer is a perfect example of that! After observing and working with Summer for six weeks, her experienced and loving foster family have noticed that she has a language all her own. Summer is communicating her needs to her foster mom and dad through her circling. “Wide circles with head in air means -sniffing and listening, medium circle with downward sniffing means time to urinate, tight circle with head down means time to defecate and bouncing straight at you to bury her head in your lap means she wants a hug and needs to relocate us to make sure she’s not alone,” states her dedicated foster mom.
Hydrocephalus can cause learning problems, but Summer is gaining confidence and doing well on many of her exercises and commands. She is starting to understand – go out, door, stairs, step, come, sit, potty, hungry, up, off, wait and the most important one -want a cookie!
When she isn’t working on her skills and obedience, Summer is sunning herself outdoors with her foster parents nearby or resting in her own gated personal space near the living room. She enjoys her quiet time and privacy from the other animals, but she is still close enough to hear her foster parents who are quick to assist her in navigating steps and other obstacles when she needs them.
Not a fan of loud noises, Summer is adjusting to her new environment and especially likes it when the neighbors are barbecuing! Summer has a wonderful appetite and has been given a special bowl to prevent her from gulping her meals down in one fell swoop. She is a unique girl, who loves people, gets along with dogs and isn’t quite sure what those furry felines are. Summer is a true Velcro dog and cuddle bug that won’t pass up a hug and a good ear rub but can also entertain herself.
GRRMF is grateful to the professionals, volunteers and all our supporters that donate generous amounts of time and money to help special needs dogs like Summer. Together, with medical assistance, patience, understanding and love we can give this very special girl the wonderful life she deserves. You can help be that warm Summer Breeze in her life that gives her the chance to share her love with a special and caring family.