Kimberly Robinson
Rosie is the shop dog at the Flower Lab in the Admiral District and has a fan club that often stops by to say hi when they see her sitting in the front window.

Pet of the week: Rosie is a smiling shop dog

Rosie is a "pound pup from Montana," said her owner Tahmina Ringer, and Rosie who is now ten years old came into Ringer's life eight years ago. Ringer thinks she's a border collie or looks and acts like one in any case. "I just know that she's unusually cute and has fuzzy toes," she said.

Ringer decided it was time to get a dog that day and didn't actually find one but, "When I was on my way out I saw her, all sad looking in the corner and I had to take her home with me."

Ringer, who works at the Flower Lab (formerly Linda's Flowers and Gifts in the Admiral District) brought Rosie to work and she fit right in. Now she's the official shop dog at the Flower Lab.

Her best friend is Ringer's cat Kiwi. They sleep on the same bed together.

Rosie loves to fetch, and has a few toys for that purpose including one that they have to hide from her at the shop when she gets into the the fetch and bring it mode.

She's known to be quite beguiling Ringer said because, "When she's in trouble she smiles. She will show a lot of teeth."

"She's kind of a dainty little girl and for the most part she's a really gentle dog," Ringer said.

As proof of Rosie's gentle loving spirit Ringer shared, "I was telling some of my mom's friends how cute she was and that I needed to figure out how to spend more time with her and she jumped up on the couch right next to one of my mom's friends and gave her a hug. That was pretty cute."

This has carried over into her behavior at the store too, Ringer said.
Anytime anybody is ever sad, and we've had a couple of people come into the store that had funerals and stuff and she'll be right there by their side. If they want to pet her, she would love some attention and give them some attention too."

Rosie will commonly sit in the window of the store, watching people and traffic go by. "She has a little fan club and one day she had about 12 people out there."

You can drop into the Flower Lab every weekday and say hello to Rosie but don't be surprised if she wants to give you a dog hug too.

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