Monte - Zoe - Slidell, LA

Mary Ann Monte, Slidell, LA
Zoe BG# 60333

A BARC dog, Zoe had been adopted by a nice young couple who treated her like a Queen. She was pampered and deeply loved. When this couple had their first child Zoe could not understand why she was no longer the center of attention and refused to eat. Her owners tried everything they could to entice her to eat but she would not cooperate. So they made the wise decision to return her to BARC to be rehomed.
We adopted Zoe in September, 2010. Prior to her second adoption she underwent major dental surgery for damage to her jaws which had occurred while she was in a puppy mill. She recovered completely and entered a household already containing two BARC dogs, Sig and Demi.  Demi welcomed her immediately. Sig, who was grieving over the loss of his BARC buddy Sam, waited until he was sure she was here to stay. They quickly became play buddies and Sig began teaching Zoe the rules of the house.  Zoe quickly learned that living with two other dogs was far different from being an only dog. She had to learn where her food would be placed and that Demi and Sig did not appreciate it when she decided their food looked better than hers. Initially, she thought all three dog beds belonged to her and was aghast to see either dog sleeping on “her” beds. She quickly learned that Sig liked having possession of his toys but Demi didn’t care if Zoe confiscated one of hers. She is still not too sure about the concept of sharing.
Zoe is about five and a half years old. She has decided raw food is fine, has put on several badly needed pounds and is beginning to look like a sleek, slender Berner. Her coat is glossy and her eyes shine with mischief except when she is half asleep. She has no trouble eating her turkey necks in spite of missing four teeth on the top of one side of her mouth and the canine tooth from the bottom of the same side. She spells Sig in his guard duties and supports him loudly when he sounds the alert. Zoe greets each morning hopping around in circles and barking joyously. She is a talker and though out the day never hesitates to give us her opinion about what is going on. She adores being brushed and will push Sig and Demi aside for more strokes even after her brushing is complete. All I have to do is crook my fingers at her and she comes running for some attention. Open the refrigerator and Zoe is there, just in case we might be getting something out for her. She sits straight and tall like a queen and crosses her front legs immediately upon laying down.  Zoe is a character, sweet and loving, yet stubborn and full of mischief. She has made our canine household complete.