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Meet our little trooper, Lieutenant Dan! Lt. Dan arrived at The Barking Lot in August, 2016 from San Bernardino. Lt. Dan’s pre-TBL story is a bit sad. He and his brother, Conor Kenny (also a TBL dog), were found after being hit by a car. They were brought to the vet clinic at San Bernardino shelter due to their extensive injuries. While Conor Kenny had a crushed pelvis and broken femur, Lt. Dan’s injuries were even more severe in that he had a fractured spine leading to total hind quarter paralysis. Both dogs were scheduled to be put to sleep until TBL swooped in, rescued them, and found them both foster homes where they could have their medical needs treated and cared for. Lt. Dan is now in his foster home and thriving! We did have our neurology partners evaluate him and the opinion is that while Lt. Dan may not ever regain movement or feeling in his hind quarters, that won’t stop him from living a very happy, fulfilled life. Lt. Dan is also a great candidate for a doggie wheelchair, and is being fitted for one as we speak. The wheelchair will help him walk around town just like any other normal dog, as it will support his back end while his front legs do the walking/heavy lifting (video to come). At five-years-old, Lt. Dan is fully-grown at about 9.5 pounds. Based on his gorgeous chestnut-colored coat, wavy hair, and big ears, we think Lt. Dan is a mix between a Chihuahua and a Papillon. While Lt. Dan has definitely been through some tough times, you would never know it from meeting him. Lt. Dan is incredibly sweet, very affectionate, and so playful! He loves doggie toys and loves to scoot around his foster home, gathering up all the squeak toys, and piling them in his bed. He also loves the other dogs in his foster home, and will happily play for hours (and lucky for him, his foster siblings accommodate his special play style). Lt. Dan is also GREAT with cats, and is generally just desperate to be sitting next to or laying with the resident foster kitties. While Lt. Dan does have some special needs, he is actually an incredibly easy dog to care for. Currently, he is on a low residue diet and a regular bladder expressing routine and his foster mom reports that he is actually one of the easiest dogs she’s ever had. Lieutenant Dan is crate trained and very treat motivated, and generally just aims to please. While Lt. Dan loves his foster home, he would love a home to call his own (and he would love if that home had a dog or two already living there, as Lt. Dan doesn’t particularly like being alone). This happy, bouncy, playful little guy is living his best life and is ready to share that life with a loving adopter! If you have room in your heart and home for a pup like Lt. Dan, submit an app today.
If you'd like to meet Lt. Dan, please visit http://www.thebarkinglot.net/adoption-application. For more information on this dog's breed, copy & paste the following URL(s) into your browser: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/chion.htm