ROSEBUD

ROSEBUD

Rosebud and her sister, Ismay, are the offspring of a legendary detection dog, so it is no surprise that they started showing talent early. When Rosebud was in puppy class, she was never fooled by the one measly treat the trainer held out in her hand – she followed her nose straight for the mother lode hidden in the trainer’s pocket. Rosebud and Ismay were raised together, which can be a training challenge: littermates often bond with each other instead of with their people, becoming a wild little pack of their own. The two were trained separately until they were a year old, and as a result Rosebud is a motivated worker who loves her sister but eagerly follows the lead of whatever handler she’s paired with.

Rue was given to WD4C by a concerned donor, who knew that the pup’s high energy and unbelievable drive to work put her at high risk for ending up at a shelter. Rue arrived on Christmas Eve, her crate decorated with green and red ribbons. At 13 weeks old, she was a tornado of speed and enthusiasm. Thirteen months later, work is her play. She would rather search than go to the dog park, and nothing thrills her more than the sight of her working vest. Even at her young age she can ignore distractions and maintain her focus over hours of searching. Rue is going to be a gift that keeps on giving.

Rosebud earning her reward as she learns to search boats for invasive mussels.