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Bryson
Bryson Bryson Bryson

Bryson is an ~8 year old found stray.  15" and 30#, he is now UTD, neutered and has had a dental cleaning.  Bryson was HW+ on intake, and had to go through treatment.  He is now finished and ready for adoption.

On intake, we noticed Bryson was not putting weight on his right front leg and walked with a hopping gait.  Xrays showed no evidence of a fracture or dislocation, so Bryson was referred to a veterinary neurologist to be evaluated for what was appeared to be nerve damage.  An MRI ruled out a tumor or lesion pressing on the spinal cord or other nerves, and showed that Bryson had muscle atrophy, which indicates an old injury - Dr. Giovanella suspects a partial tearing away of the bundle of nerves that supplies the leg.  He has some feeling in the leg, is able to stand on it, and uses it to paw at me for attention!  Bryson also had an evaluation by the physical therapist at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists.  She agreed that is an old injury and unfortunately is not likely to improve.

From his foster mom:  As far as Bryson is concerned, all that medical jargon is just a bunch of words, and it doesn't slow him down at all!  He follows me everywhere and joins the other dogs in the yard.  Our best guess is that he was an outdoor dog, and we've been working on housetraining.  He is doing very well and only forgets occasionally when he gets excited.  He eats well and waits patiently for the other dogs to finish eating. He likes toys and will get several out of the toy box.  He gets along fine with the resident dogs, but will raise a lip if someone crowds him.  As far as I can tell, he is okay with cats but they are a little wary of him.  He seems to like being brushed.  Bryson is a beautiful boy, with stunning eyes, one blue and one brown.  He's looking for his forever home.

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Forever Foster

Andy
     

Andy is an owner relinquishment following the death of his owner. The family tried to keep him, but it was not a good fit, for reasons including the fact he was breaking his housetraining in his older years. He is 12+ years old, and a big boy at 17-18" and 38#.

Bloodwork on intake showed Andy suffers from chronic kidney disease - the reason for his housetraining issues. He also suffers from long-standing arthritis, and the resultant lack of exercise has resulted in the loss of muscle mass in his hind end, which impedes his mobility. We have arrived at a course of treatment that has him fairly stable in his kidney issues, and medication for his arthritis.

From his foster mom: I can't tell you what a wonderful boy Andy is. He's a big galoot, with a big bark, who loves his people without reservation and asks for little more than regular meals and as much petting as you will provide. One of his main challenges when he first came home was his lack of mobility - without muscle mass to help steady him, he found walking on our floors a challenge. We noticed he did much better outside, where the ground was not slippery like the hardwoods. He *really* enjoyed being mobile. After a number of false starts, we have put several runners throughout the downstairs part of our house, and you would think we handed him the moon. The day we put them down, he walked the pathways for 15 minutes straight, grinning. Happiness is in the simplest things.

Andy's treatment, including fluids which his foster home gives him regularly, and medication for his arthritis, run about $100/month, and he requires regular bloodwork to make sure we are doing what we need to provide appropriate care. Please consider becoming part of "Andy's army" to provide for his needs while we care for him for the rest of his life. Thank you so much.



Forever Foster

Angel
     

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. 



Forever Foster

Yukon
Yukon Yukon  

Yukon, along with his "sister" Angel, were returned to the program due to their owner's illness. He is 8 years old, 15 inches, 32 pounds (needs to lose a few), UTD, neutered, heartworm/fecal negative, and has had a dental. Yukon is house trained and gets along with other dogs and cats.

We noticed almost immediately that Yukon was having urinary issues, and back to the vet he went. He was diagnosed with a cancerous prostatic mass that is impeding his urinary stream. We took Yukon to an oncologist who determined that surgery is not an option, chemo would be ineffective, and the best treatment for the condition is non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. We will keep him comfortable and happy for as long as we can, and will let him have a peaceful release when that is no longer possible.

While maintenance for this lovely boy is truly negligible in cost, the diagnostics just to get to this point were expensive. It is our commitment to provide for the breed we love in a way that reflects the justice and dignity we believe they deserve. Won't you help us provide for Yukon, and our other forever fosters, with a donation? We are truly grateful.



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Sadie
Sadie    

Sadie is an OR for personal reasons. She is 6 years old, 14-15 inches, overweight at 31 pounds, now UTD, spayed, heartworm positive. Sadie will start heartworm treatment ~3/2 and be available for adoption ~5/2.

An update from Sadie's foster mom: Sadie is a sweet girl who loves to get attention and pets. She is also a “leaner.” She gets along well with the resident dogs and has entered into some chase games through the yard. She also gets along well with cats. Previously kept outdoors, Sadie is learning house training, manners, and basic obedience.

As good natured as Sadie is, she is dealing with some fear issues. She likes to be petted and scratched but at times she may pull back when I scratch around her lower back and legs. She doesn’t trust me entirely yet, but she clearly wants to, and we are working on her fears. By the time she is done with her heartworm treatment, she should be much more comfortable with being handled.

Unfortunately, Sadie's coat was matted to the skin, and had to be shaved. Her new coat of healthy Sheltie hair should be growing out nicely by the time she is ready for her forever home!

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Tango
Tango Tango Tango

Tango is from a local shelter. He is 18 months old, 15 inches, 22 pounds, now UTD and neutered. Unfortunately Tango is heartworm positive. He will begin treatment ~2/9 and be available for adoption ~4/29.

An update from Tango's foster dad: Tango is a bright, funny, playful little guy.  We called him Tango because he prances everywhere he walks.  He is shy until he gets to know you, but once he has done so, he’s your best bud; friendly, loyal, follows you around.  Comes when called; Very trainable.  He gets along great with female dogs; not sure about male dogs.  He whines for a short while if you put him in his crate and he can still see you walking around the house; That has improved significantly over time.  He never has accidents in his crate but needs to go directly from the crate to outside when it is time to go potty. If he gets distracted on his way outside, he may have an accident in the floor. That is understandable, but something to be considerate of. He will make a great addition to someone’s family.

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Ready for Adoption

McAlister
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McAlister    

McAlister was returned to the program for personal reasons. He is 7 years old (DOB 1/26/10), 15-16 inches, 27 pounds (needs to lose a few), UTD, neutered, heartworm/fecal negative.

From his foster home: McAlister is very shy and timid. He takes a very long time to warm up to his owners. He is good around new people but is cautious and never seems to be fully comfortable. He follows me around the house always keeping me in sight. He also follows me outside but runs around the yard for 5-10 minutes before approaching again. Sometimes it is difficult to get him back inside because of his trust issues. Over time, inside the house, I have earned his trust and he will approach me and feel comfortable in areas other than his crate. He now jumps on the couch with me and enjoys being petted.

McAllister needs a patient and quiet home to help him feel secure. He may benefit from another dog to take his cues from.

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Ready for Adoption

Dusty
Dusty Dusty  

Dusty is an OR for personal reasons. He is 10 years old (DOB 5/29/06), 14 inches, lean at 12 pounds, now UTD and neutered, HW/fecal negative.

An update from Dusty's foster mom: Dusty doesn't jump on furniture or the bed and sleeps in his bed through the night. He is 99% house trained. I have not kenneled him. He loves to be petted and sit on my lap. He ignores my two female Shelties. One of them has tried unsuccessfully to get Dusty to play. Dusty is really sweet and a great companion.

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Adoption Pending

Zeus
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Zeus    

Zeus was returned to the program for personal reasons. He is 4 years old (DOB 1/13/13), 20 inches, 53 pounds (should be 45-48 pounds), UTD, neutered, HW/fecal -. We've just had his teeth cleaned for a sparkly smile. His mother is a purebred Sheltie; his father is a mixed breed including cattle dog and Collie. Zeus is completely house and crate trained though he's so well behaved he really doesn't need to be crated. Zeus has been raised around children and would do best with kids 10 years and up. He just loves playing chase with the boys while in foster care. Zeus loves to play tug and chase with other dogs. He is curious about cats but just likes to follow them around. Zeus loves to go for walks and rides well in the car. He loves to snuggle and will gently paw at you for continued affection.

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Cade
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Cade    

Cade is an OR due to his owner going to a nursing home. He is 12 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 undergone a transformation in the three months that he has lived with us. With time and patience, he has show himself to be very sweet, and now wants to be near his human at all times. Calm and quiet, he's very much a "Velcro" sheltie, an enthusiastic kisser, and does not like to let us out of his sight!

Cade enjoys going outside for short, slow walks. These were important to his weight loss and help him to feel better. He has grown a glorious Sheltie coat, and loves joining his Sheltie brothers in showing off his good looks by dressing for the occasion. :) Having lived outside, Cade needed a refresher course on housetraining, but he has done beautifully. A naturally passive dog, Cade would do fine in a home with other pets as long as they are easygoing. He would prefer to be a homebody, and in familiar environments, is a devoted companion. He is absolutely fantastic with children!

Cade is a loyal, absolutely delightful senior sheltie. He radiates happiness and love every day!

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