Lucky5 is an OR to a local shelter. She is 6 years old, 15-16 inches, is now down to 30 pounds. She is spayed, UTD, and fecal and heartworm negative. Although only 5, she came to us limping on any exertion due to some degenerative changes in her hips. With supplements and daily walks, she is getting much more limber and only limps now when she is extremely tired. We are also working on weight loss to help relieve the pressure.
From her foster home: Lucky is a sweetheart who loves to go for walks and play in the backyard. She has good house manners and listens to commands to come and stop, unless there's a kitty or squirrel involved! She's still shy around strangers and barks to warn them off but is never aggressive. She loves attention and belly rubs and would prefer to have her human all to herself. Lucky needs an adult home without other animals. A lovely lady who will make someone a loving companion, Lucky is ready for a forever home!
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Angel, along with her "brother" Yukon, were returned to the program due to their owner's illness. She is 11 years old, 15 inches, 32 pounds (needs to lose a few), UTD, spayed, and heartworm/fecal negative. Angel is house trained and gets along with other dogs and cats.
Angel's vet felt a growth on her thyroid on her intake exam. Ultrasound revealed growths on both her thyroid glands, one quite large. We took Angel to a surgical specialist to have her evaluated for possible surgery, as it is often curative for thyroid masses. Additional testing, including an MRI, was done, and the surgeon concluded the large growth made the surgery risky and the outcome uncertain. We would very likely be doing more harm than good, and we made the decision to keep her, too, comfortable for as long as we can.
As with Yukon, just getting to this point was an expensive journey. Our goal is always to do what is in the best interest of the dogs in our program, within our ability to do so. Can you help us keep our promises to these dogs to always provide for them? We are so grateful for the support our donors give us.
Cade is an OR due to his owner going to a nursing home. He is 13 years old (DOB 11/23/04), 15-16 inches, neutered, and now down to 23# on a program of appropriate diet and gentle exercise. He was treated for heartworms and has had a much-needed dental, and is now ready for adoption. Senior bloodwork indicated some elevations in his liver enzymes; he has been on medication, and rechecks show great improvement - excellent for his age! He will likely need to stay on these medications for life.
From his foster mom: Cade has come leaps and bounds in the past two years but still has some quirks. He is anxious if his routine changes at all; consistency is a must. Potty training is better, still a struggle at times due to outdoor living in the past. Fortunately, when he potties in the house, he consistently goes in the same spot! He typically wears a belly band to prevent messes.
He’s 17 lbs lighter and has an affection for all leafy greens! His treat intake is very limited due to chronic conditions he but he happily devours veggies/fruit. He eats a grain free, senior blend.
A typical day involves waking us up for breakfast and promptly falling asleep again after eating. He sleeps most of the day. He becomes animated when we get home from work or around 5:30 when he gets hungry again. His favorite thing to do is sit at the dinner table and share veggies with us. He sleeps in the human bed and can take up a lot of space for such a little munchkin. He loves dog beds (possibly never had them?). He plays musical beds throughout the day between naps.
He’s very shy with strangers but is content to be held all day by his foster parents and partake of scratches and rubs. He takes occasional walks but typically resists going out the door letting us know his desire to stay home. He is not fond of the car or new places; he is kind of a homebody! The vet still creates a bit of anxiety. He has allowed a few family members into his “circle of trust” but this took time. A thunder shirt helps some in the car as does riding in my lap if his foster dad is driving.
He knows one trick: jump on your leg if you are eating fruit! Needless to say, I have probably encouraged this behavior and reward it! He also gets great joy in shredding paper and will frequently pull random objects out of the recycling bin and then fall asleep after dropping them somewhere. It’s pretty cute, so he doesn’t get reprimanded. He has a slight mischievous streak for such a sleepy old boy. He doesn’t see or hear very well but that hasn’t stopped him from breaking into his food bag a few times. He is a chow hound, so a diligent eye must be kept on his intake to avoid regaining weight.
He’s had a rough go in life: losing his family, living outside prior to rescue, and dealing with health complications. Fortunately, his vets have found the right combination of medications and supplements to keep him happy.
He needs a relaxed, understanding family who has the experience and patience to deal with his quirks and medical issues. His people must accept his issues and realize that he is unlikely to change in his advanced age. He needs people that are home in the evenings and weekends to cuddle him and snuggle him and maintain his routine. Other mature or senior dogs are helpful for easing his anxiety. He has figured out quite a bit from mimicking and following his brothers. He is very tolerant of quiet, school age children that know how to handle animals.
Note: medical issues include chronic liver enzyme elevations, hyperlipidemia, and bile sludge (managed with actigal, supplements, periodic labs, and diet)
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